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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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

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Diel and Tidal Rhythms of Emercenge Events Based on Acousitc Observations in a Shallow Estuary, Mei Sato

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Dynamics of Forest Structure under Different Silvicultural Regimes in the Acadian Forest, Michael R. Saunders

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A Study of the Heterometallic d10 Interaction and the Effect of Light and Solvent on Silver Doped Faujasite, Brian Kent Schaefer

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Oxalate Production and Cation Translocation during Wood Biodegredation by Fungi, Jonathan S. Schilling

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The Effects of Kaolin Particle Film on the Viburnum Leaf Beetle During Container Production of Viburnum Dentatum under Different Levels of Applied Nitrogen, Hillary S. Schultz

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Invitro Study of Fenton Reaction Occurring in Brown Rot Fungus Gloeophyllum trabeum, Satyavan Singh

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Physical and behavioral development of nursing harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) pups in Maine, John P. Skinner

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A Footpath through Time and Space: The Emergence of Trail Culture along the Appalachian and Sierra Nevada Ranges, 1876-1916, Abigail A. Smith

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Roles of Students and Instructors in a Pilot Computer-based College Algebra Course, Karen Hope Snyder

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Object Tracking in Distributed Video Networks Using Multi-Dimentional Signatures, Sabeshan Srinivasan

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Characterizing Solute Transport Processes in Peat through Laboratory Experiments and Numerical Simulation, Nathan A. Stevens

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Performance of Insulated Shallow Cross Pipes in a Cold Region, Michael A. St. Pierre

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Toll-Like Receptor Signaling in the Zebrafish, Danio rerio: Evidence of Evolving Function, Con Sullivan

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Temporal and Spatial Variability of Phytoplankton Biomass in the Damariscotta River Estuary, Maine, USA, Brian P. Thompson

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Hexazinone Use on Maine's Blueberry Growing Regions: Environmental Impacts to Surface Water and Groundwater from 1983-2005, Teresa E. Thornton

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Agents of Change and 'The Art of Right Living: How Home Economists Influenced Post World War II Consumerism, Karen Dodge Tolstrup

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Buried FRP-Concrete Arches, Josh Tomblin

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Assessment and Modification of an Introductory Astronomy Laboratory Lesson on Astronomical Time-keeping, Adrienne Traxler

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Cloning and Immunolocalization of G Proteins in the Spionid Polychaete Dipolydora quadrilobata, Marlene S. Tsie

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Principal and Teacher Relationships and Teacher Job Satisfaction, Jeanna M. Tuell

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Experimental Test Methods for Inflatable Fabric Beams, Adam William Turner

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High-Speed Digital and Mixed-Signal Components for X– and KU–Band Direct Digital Synthesizers in Indium Phosphide DHBT Technology, Steven Eugene Turner

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Engineering Calpastatin to Develop a Sensor to Detect Active Calpain, Lisa M. Vanhooser

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The Effect of Mandatory Continuing Education on Practice Quality and Competency of Professional Land Surveyors, Anthony Richard Vannozzi

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Larval Recruitment of Mya arenaria L. (Softshell Clams) in Eastern and Southern Maine, Tracy Nason Vassiliev

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Length of Residency and the Importance of Environmental Amenities to Residential Location Decisions, Judith Ellen Walker

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Fish Hosts and Demographics and Lampsilis cariosa and Leptodea ochracea, Two Threatened Freshwater Mussels in Maine, Philip C. Wick

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Phenotypic and Genetic Variation within and among Seven Populations (Six Endangered) of Maine Atlantic Salmon, Salmo salar, Nathan F. Wilke

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Sources and Deposition Processes Linking Atmospheric Chemistry and Firn Records from Four Glacier Accumulation Zones in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, Bruce R. Williamson

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Derivation of Change from Sequences of Snapshots, Dominik Wilmsen

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Ecogeomorphology of Salt Pools of the Webhannet Estuary, Wells, Maine, U.S.A., Kristin R. Wilson

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Modeling Large Whale Entanglement Injuries: An Experimental Analysis of the Influence of Tissue Compliance, Line Tension, and Draw-Length on Epidermal Abrasion Resistance, Jeremy Paul Winn

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Locomotory Strategies, Dive Dynamics, and Functional Morphology of the Mysticetes: Using Morphometrics, Osteology, and DTAG Data to Compare Swim Performance in Four Species of Baleen Whales, Becky Woodward

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Vascular Morphometry of the Retina in Antarctic Fishes is Dependent upon the Level of Hemoglobin in Circulation, Jody M. Wujcik

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A New Little Blue and Other Stories, Eric York

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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Development of Extruded Wild Blueberry Confection, Sara Abdulmajeed Aldaous

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The Fallen Woman, Nineteenth Century Media, and the Contagious Diseases Acts, Sarah M. Angell

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Implications of Spatial Autocorrelation and Dispersal for the Modeling of Species Distributions, Volker Bahn

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Preparing for Oil Spill Impacts on Recreational Usage: A Greater Portland and Casco Bay, Maine Case Study, Tanya Dawn Baker

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Mercury Bioaccumulation and Habitat Relations of Lotic and Lentic Amphibians from Acadia National Park, Maine, USA, Michael S. Bank

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Assessment of Water Penetration Resistance of Coatings on Wood by Droplet Dynamics Analysis, Diogo Baptista

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The Rise and Fall of the Maine Sea Urchin Industry: A Failure of Management and Institutions?, Benjamin Baron-Taltre

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Investigation of Langasite Pure Shear Horizontal Surface Acoustic Wave Biosensors, Eric Jon Berkenpas

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Race-O-Rama: A Philosophical Look at Race and Stereotypes in Pop Culture, Michelle M.E. Bernard

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Antimicrobial Effects of Blueberry Products Against Escherichia Coli O157:H7 in Liquid Medium and in Ground Beef, Bethany A. Bernier

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Streaming Tales, Alexandre Berthier

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Host-Pathogen Interactions between Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) and the Bacterial Agent of Juvenile Oyster Disease (Roseovarius crassostreae), Cynthia Boardman

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Spirited Youth/Thriving Youth: Adolescents' Perspectives on Nurturing Thriving Outcomes Through Faith Development, Becky Hayes Boober

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Toilet Training: Parents' Perspectives, Sarah C.K. Bourget

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The Association between Microsatellite Marker CSRD 2138 and Parasite Resistance in Katahdin Hair Sheep, Scott Bowdridge

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Spatial Dependence and Omitted Variable Bias Effects on Efficiency Analysis: A Study of the Maine Dairy Industry, Lisa A. Bragg

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Reconstructing the History of Reedy Glacier, Antarctica, Gordon R.M. Bromley

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Lobstermen, Lines, and Endangered Whales: Risk Reduction Measures for Coastal Maine, Samantha Brooke

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Tinsel Strength and the Orchid Sheaf, Robin F. Brox

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Dietary Patterns of Mediterranean Adolescents, Sandra Ellan Brussee

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A Stochastic Parametric Analysis of the Efficiency Effects of Technical Change: The Rehabilitation of Irrigation Schemes in Mali, Metin Cakir

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Predictors and Classification Systems of Cognitive Decline or Impairment During Aging, Walter P. Camire

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Environmental Variables that Affect the Establishment of Myrica gale Seedlings, Keri Van Camp

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The Role of Maintenance Behaviors in Happy Long-Term Committed Marriages?, Barbara Jean Carey

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Groundwater Hydrology and Chemistry of Fresh Meadow Wetland, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA, Heather J. Caron

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"A Marvelously Big Stone": Geological Objects and Mythological Experience in the Writing of Charles Olson, Brian L. Carpenter

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The Use of Passive Samplers (SPMD and POCIS) for Monitoring Dioxin and Pesticide Levels in Maine Surface Waters, Lucner Charlestra

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Microstuctural Changes in Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) Due to Extended Moisture Cycling and its Relationship to Mechanical Performance Changes, Qingzheng Cheng

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Kinetics of the Direct Causticizing Reaction between Black Liquor and Titanates During Low Temperature Gasification, Xiaowen Chen

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Characterization of CRE Recombinase Expression in Erythroid Tissues of Transgenic Mice, Steven Ciciotte

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Anatomy and Physiology of Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.) in Relation to Xylem Sap Pressure, Damian Cirelli

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Student Ideas about the Moon and its Phases and the Impact of a Real 3D Model of the Sun/Earth/Moon System in an Introductory Astronomy Laboratory Course, James Cohen

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Modeling Vessel Events and Notification Triggers in a Harbor Domain, Stephen J. Cole

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Arthropod Scavengers of Colorado Potato Beetle (Leptinotarsa Decemlineata) Cadavers, Karen Coluzzi

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Are All P53s Created Equal? Uncovering the Function of Soft-shell Clam (Mya arenaria) p53, Lauren Anne Crawford

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Reproductive Ecology of Carex typhina (Cyperaceae), a Rare Sedge in Maine, Shannon Cromley

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Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn: A Directorial Challenge, Elaine DiFalco Daughtery

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Hemigrapsus Sanguineus (Asian Shore Crab) as Predator of Juvenile Homarus Americanus (American Lobster), Anna Demeo

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A Hedonic Analysis of Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater in Southern Maine, Michael Devanney

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To Stay or to Go? A Literary and Historical Study of French-Canadian Emigration From Quebec to New England, 1820-1930, Sarah Domareki

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Significant Adults as Protective Factors: Retrospective Views of At-Risk Youth, Gregg Dowty

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Non-linear PCA Based on Radial Basis Function and Particle Swarm Optimization, Mohamed Naoufel Driss

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Porphyroblast Kinematics and Crenulation Cleavage Development in the Aureole of the Mooselookmeguntic Pluton, Western Maine, Matthew E. Dupee

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Behavior of Hybrid Wood Plastic Composite-Fiber Reinforced Polymer Structural Members for Use in Sustained Loading Applications, Matthew Jonathan Dura

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Experimental Variability of E-Glass Reinforced Vinyl Ester Composites Fabricated by VARTM/SCRIMP, Fadi El-Chiti

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Probabilistic Finite Element Analysis of Marine Grade Composites, Ghassan Najib Fayad

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Withdrawal/Withholding Life-Sustaining Therapies: Factors that Influence Family Decisions, Janice Lee Fitzherbert Pilotte

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Subaqueous Soil Survey of Taunton Bay, Maine, Christopher T. Flannagan

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Seasonal Variations in Colloidal Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM) in the Damariscotta River Estuary, Maine, Sheri Ann Floge

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The Nervous Systems of Spionid Polychaetes: Structure, Composition, and Effects of Serotonin on Behavior, David L. Forest

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A Morphological Lattice Model to Predict the Failure and Fracture of Wood, Christopher Robert Fournier

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Throughfall Dynamics and Canopy Processes in a Nitrogen Fertilized Forest, Elizabeth Gaige

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Cover Crop Root Contributions to Soil Quality in an Organic Maine Agroecosystem, Megan Bates Gardner

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Early Paleozoic Orogenesis in the Maine-Quebec Appalachians, Christopher Charles Gerbi

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Death and Commemoration on the Frontier: An Archaeological Analysis of Early Gravestones in Cumberland County, Maine, Joy Giguere

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Effects of Long-Term Nitrogen Additions on Rapid Nitrate Immobilization in Forest Soils, Michael Glessner

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Sources and Implications of Shallow Subsurface Methane in Estuarine Environments, Allen M. Gontz

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Site Fidelity and the Influence of Environmental Variables on Migratory Movements of Adult Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar L.) in the Penobscot River Basin, Maine, Dimitry Gorsky

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Methodology for the Thermomechanical Simulation and Optimization of Functionally Graded Materials, Andrew Goupee

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Impacts of Mobile Fishing Gear and a Buried Fiber-Optic Cable on Soft-Sediment Benthic Community Structure, Betsy M. Grannis

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Image-based Change Detection of Geospatial Objects Using Positional Uncertainty, Sotirios Gyftakis