The University of Maine Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) project is a joint effort of Fogler Library and the Graduate School. Our goals are "to improve graduate education, increase sharing of knowledge, help universities build their information infrastructure, and extend the value of digital libraries," in keeping with those of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, a national initiative of which the University of Maine is a member.

This online collection features the final theses and dissertations approved by the Graduate School of the University of Maine.

For more information about finding additional theses and dissertations or obtaining copies of those not available electronically, see Fogler Library's Subject Guide on Theses & Dissertations.

Questions can also be directed to Fogler Library's Special Collections Department by phone at (207) 581-1686 or email at um.library.spc @ maine.edu.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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CO2 Pyrolysis and Gasification of Kraft Black Liquor Char, T. Sean Connolly

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Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Purchasing Patterns of Maine Senior Farmshare Participants, Krista Connor

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Structure-function Analysis of NRAGE: A Protein Involved in Developmental Neural Apoptosis, Rebecca Cowling

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The cacophony Gene and Repetitive-pattern Phenotypes in Drosophila melanogaster, Allison Jeanne Cox

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"Tastes Like Home": Women Performing Immigrant Identity through Food, Sarah D. Crossman

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Evaluation of Chemical and Photochemical Oxidation Processes for Postharvest Processing of Lowbush Blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium), Kristi Michele Crowe

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Regeneration Strategies of Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii DC.) in Coastal Forests of Maine, Jennifer D'Appollonio

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Paraphernalia: Four Poems in Seven Drafts, Kevin Davies

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A Patchwork Web, Erin Davis

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Rural Community Attitudes Towards Tourism, Jonathan Hugh Devine

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Using Stream Chemistry to Evaluate Experimental Acidification and Natural Recovery in the Paired Catchments at the Bear Brook Watershed in Maine, Melinda S. Diehl

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Effect of Dietary Soybean Meal and its Components on the Quality of Rainbow Trout Fillets: Isoflavone Deposition and Lipid Oxidative Status, Natasha D'Souza

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"All for Health for All": The Local Dynamics of Rural Public Health in Maine, 1885-1950, Martha Anne Eastman

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A Rhetorical Criticism: Bill Clinton's A Man from Hope; Bringing Together Myth, Identification and Civic Engagement, Benjamin M. Erickson

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Temporality, Subjectivity, and the Gaze in the Early Writings of Mina Loy, Monica Elizabeth Fauble

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Crystallizing Social Consciousness toward Social Justice Development among Adolescents: An Autoethnography of the Diversity Coalition Facilitator, Dorothy D. Foote

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Resurrecting a River and its People: An Environmental History of the Penobscot River and the Contemporary Efforts to Facilitate Environmental Change on the Penobscot River, Katherine L. Frederick

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The Temporal and Spatial Relationship Between Phosphorus and Nitrogen Concentrations, Algal Growth, and Nutrient Sources in the Meduxnekeag River Watershed, Elizabeth A. Fretwell

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Multi-scalar Responses of Forest Carnivores to Habitat and Spatial Pattern: Case Studies with Canada Lynx and American Martens, Angela K. Fuller

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Characterization of the Endotoxin Response in Zebrafish, and Synthesis of a Snakehead Rhabdovirus Expressing Red Fluorescent or Green Fluorescent Protein, Gregory M. Giasson

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Long-term Changes in Eelgrass (Zostera marina) Distribution in Taunton Bay, ME: A Quantitative Analysis of Population Decline over the Last Half Century, Tara Mae Goodrich

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Contrasting Chemical Response to Experimental Acidification of Five Acid-sensitive Streams, Heather Vanessa Goss

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A Spatial Anaylsis of Passenger Vehicle Attributes, Environmental Impact and Policy, Gregory M. Gould

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Yellow Tree: A Distributed Main-memory Spatial Index Structure for Moving Objects, Hariharan Gowrisankar

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"Plagues of the New World Order": Technology and Political Alternatives in William Gibson's Neuromancer, Brent Griffin

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The Rheologic Evolution of the Middle Crust During Prograde Metamorphism: Implications for the Geodynamic Evolution of Convergent Orogens, Wesley Glen Groome

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Radon in Ground Water: A Study of the Measurement and Release of Waterborne Radon and Modeling of Radon Variation in Bedrock Wells, Vincente E. Guiseppe

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Vitamin C and Glycoalkaloids in Organically Grown Potatoes of Novel Varieties, Kelly Guthrie

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Surface Modification of Pigments and its Role in Offset Ink Setting, Wei Gu

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A Durability and Utility Analysis of EFPI Fiber Optic Strain Sensors Embedded in Composite Materials for Structural Health Monitoring, Adam Benjamin Haskell

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Molecular Mechanisms of Notch Signaling Governing Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation, Matthew C. Havrda

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Personal Privacy Protection within Pervasive RFID Environments, Eeva Kaarina Hedefine

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Oxidation of Arsenite Via Chelator-mediated Fenton Systems, Michelle Hershey

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Preventing Generalized Anxiety Disorder in an At-risk Sample of College Students: A Brief Cognitive-behavioral Approach, Diana M. Higgins

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The Prevalence of Voice Disorders in University Teaching Faculty, Kristen P. Higgins

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State of Maine forester licensure program and policy review, Stephen F. Holt

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Remote Sensing and Data Collection in a Marine Science Application, Isaac Abraham Horn

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Between Reality and Fantasy: Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier and Harriet Hume, Yi Huang

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Chemical Characterization of Dissolved Organic Matter: Competitive Effects on Phosphorus Sorption to Minerals, James Hunt

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Organic Carbon in the Subaqueous Soils of a Mesotidal Maine Estuary: An Investigation of Quantity and Source, Jennifer L. Jespersen

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Monitoring, Assessment, and Management of the Green Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) Fishery in Maine, Kate Jones

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Determining Environmental Drivers of Fish Community Structure along the Coast of Maine, Adrian Jordaan

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Truth Letters, Megan London Jovanelli

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Structural Testing and Analysis of Hybrid Composite/Metal Joints for High-Speed Marine Structures, Jean Paul Kabche

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Structural Design of Hollow Extruded WPC Sheet Piling, Melissa Kahl

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Relationship between Balsam woolly adelgid Damage, Radial Growth, Climate and Stand Characteristics in Eastern Maine, Allison M. Kanoti

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Archaeological Geology and Postglacial Development of the Central Penobscot River Valley, Maine, USA, Alice Repsher Kelley

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The Effects of Experimental Acidification on Understory Plant Communities at the Bear Brook Watershed in Maine, Peter H. Kenlan

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Bloodlines: A Novel, Peggy Sue Killian

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Measuring Student Understanding of Density, with Geological Applications, Emily L. Klingler

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Identification of Fish Hosts for Wild Populations of Rare Freshwater Mussels (Lampsilis cariosa and Leptodea Ochracea) Using a Molecular DNA Key, Stephen C. Kneeland

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An Investigation into the Change in the Van Hiele Levels of Understanding Geometry of Pre-service Elementary and Secondary Mathematics Teachers, Kathleen Chesley Knight

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Youth Culture and Identity: A Phenomenology of Hardcore, Brian J. Kochan

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Spatial and Temporal Changes in Stream Chemistry at Three Watersheds During High Discharge Episodes, Mollie Kate Laird

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Test Anxiety: A Test of Attentional Bias, Darla Jane Lawson

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Late Quaternary Sea-Level Lowstand Environments and Chronology of Outer Saco Bay, Maine, Kristen M. Lee

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Using Analogical Models in Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory Courses to Improve Student Understanding of Beer's Law, Matthew Leland

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Communication in Women's Weblogs: Narrative, Connection, and Identity, Amy LeMoine

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A Geochemical, Isotopic, and Petrologic Study of a Watershed with Arsenic-enriched Ground Water in Northport, Maine, Gail Elizabeth Lipfert

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Risk and Protective Factors of Secondary Traumatic Stress in Crisis Counselors, Catherine J. Lounsbury

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GC/FT-ICR Mass Spectral Analysis of Complex Mixtures: A Multidimensional Approach for Online Gas Phase Basicity Measurements, Zhaohui Luo

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High Speed ROM for Direct Digital Synthesizer Applications in Indium Phosphide DHBT Technology, Sanjeev Manandhar

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Selective Biomolecular Layers for Surface-associated Rolling Circle Amplification, Erik L. McCarthy

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Evaluating Effects of Fire Management Policy on Vegetation Communities in the Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia, Jon T. McCloskey

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Concentrations of Cadmium in Common Moose Browse in Maine, Chandra J. McGee

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Employed Mothers: Understanding Role Balance, Role Overload and Coping, Willow McVeigh

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Structural, Temporal and Metamorphic Evolution of the Main Mártir Thrust, Baja California, México, Erwin Adriaan Melis

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New Job, New School System, Now What? An Examination of the Socialization Experiences of Curriculum Directors in Maine, Catherine Anne Menard

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Dimensions of Non-violent Couple Conflict: A Look at Joint Leisure and Relationship Satisfaction, Lori Michaud

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Phenotypic Divergence of Indigenous and Translocated Arctic Charr (Salvelinus alpinus) Populations in Maine, Wendy K. Michaud

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UV/Ozone Cleaning Studies of AFM Force Sensor Tips, Nicoleta D. Mihai

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The Geoarchaeological Setting of the Sebasticook Lake Fish Weir Newport, Maine, Christopher Evan Miller

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Arboreal Arthropod Associations with Epiphytes and the Effects of Gap Harvesting in the Acadian Forest of Central Maine, Kathryn M. Miller

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Production of Ethanol from Hardwood, Jay Mitchell

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An Analysis of the Morphological Variability between French Ceramics from Seventeenth-century Archaeological Sites in New France, Kevin Mock

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Investigating how Students Think About and Learn Quantum Physics: An Example from Tunneling, Jeffrey Todd Morgan

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The Effect of Static and Dynamic Spatially Structured Disturbances on a Locally Dispersing Population Model, Benjamin R. Morin

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Tourism Stakeholders Envision a Sustainable Path: Strengthening Maine's No. 1 Industry through the Blaine House Conference Recommendations, Elizabeth Munding

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Sprouty Regulation of Tyrosine Kinase Signal Transduction is Governed by Tyrosine Phosphorylation: A Functional Role for Sprouty2 N- and C- Terminal Tyrosines, Robert J. Nadeau

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Production of Stewartia pseudocamellia Maxim, Ajay Nair

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Characterization of the Zebrafish Innate Immune System in Response to the Environmental Toxicant, Arsenic, Akshata Nayak

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Semantic Similarity of Spatial Scenes, Konstantinos A. Nedas

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Effect of a Concentrated In-service Elementary Teacher Force and Motion Workshop, David Nelson

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The Effects of Shoreline Development on Lake Littoral and Riparian Habitats: Are Shoreline Protection Regulations Enough?, Kirsten L. Ness

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Distribution and Diversity of Bacterial Chemolithotrophs in Marine and Freshwater Sediments, Lisa M. Nigro

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Queer Performativity and Chaucer's Pardoner, Taryn Louise Norman

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An Investigation of the Effectiveness of Physics First in Maine, Michael James O'Brien

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Electronic Access to Courtrooms: Television as an Educational Socializing Agent on the Judiciary, Jessica Ossinger

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Coastal Sediment and Fish Biosolids Remediation Using a Microbial Fuel Cell, Eric George Para

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An Exploration of Educators' Perceptions Concerning the Multicultural Education of Students in New England Physical Therapist Programs, Suzanne Parish Gordon

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Configured Visibility in 'Elizabeth I as Europa': The Queen's Represented Body in Context of the Geographical Imagination, Heather Marie Parsons

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Fishing a Borderless Sea: Environmental Territorialism in the North Atlantic, 1818-1910, Brian Joseph Payne

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Wind Damage in Maine Forests: Trends and Vulnerability Assessment, Thomas Perry

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Geoarchaeological Investigations of the Waynuna Site and the Alca Obsidian Source, Peru, Kurt Rademaker

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Development, Assessment, and Management of a Potential Directed Fishery for Jonah Crab, (Cancer borealis), in the Near Shore Gulf of Maine, Kathleen M. Reardon

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Effects of Harvesting on Nutrient Cycling, Red Spruce Radial Growth, and Dendrochemistry 30 Years after Harvesting in Northern Maine, USA, Andrew B. Reinmann

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Ecological relationships among partial harvesting, vegetation, snowshoe hares, and Canada lynx in Maine, Laura Robinson

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Motivators and Barriers to Maintaining Healthy Weight in Young Adult College Males, Jennifer L. Roy

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An Application of Landscape Design to Student Academic Success, Roger A. Roy

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Evaluation of Nutrition Risk and Body Mass Index in Maine Seniors, Suzanna R. Rozario