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 2019

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The High School to First-Year College Instructional Transition: An Investigation of the Predictions and Perceptions of STEM Students, Emma Toth

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Black Robes at the Edge of Empire: Jesuits, Natives, and Colonial Crisis in Early Detroit, 1728-1781, Eric J. Toups

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The Body as Transformative Art, Virginia Valdes

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Prediction of Paper Coating Mechanical Behavior Based on Particle-scale Models, Daniel H. Varney

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Design, Analysis, and Optimization of Compactible Origami-Inspired Shelters, Anthony M. Verzoni

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Fish Passage and Hydropower: Investigating Resource Agency Decision-making During the FERC Hydropower Relicensing Process, Sarah Vogel

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Ecological and Economic Implications of Increased Storm Frequency and Severity for Boreal Lakes, Kathryn Warner

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Feasibility of a Self-Erecting Shelter with an Inflatable-Fabric-Arch-Supported Roof and Rigid Walls, Jay Wegner

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Liberty to Slaves: The Black Loyalist Controversy, Michael Anthony White

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A Multi-Proxy Paleoecological Reconstruction of Holocene Climate, Vegetation, Fire and Human Activity in Jamaica, West Indies, Mario A. Williams

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Evaluating the Occurrence of Age-related Peripheral Neuropathy in HET3 Mice and Development of a Whole Tissue Imaging Technique for Analyzing Total Innervation in the Subcutaneous Adipose Depot, Jake Willows

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Cascading Community Consequences of Fish Adaptation, Zachary T. Wood

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Detrital Protein Contributes to Oyster Nutrition and Growth in the Damariscotta Estuary, Maine, USA, Cheyenne M. Adams

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Characterization of Phosphorylated G Protein Function and Membrane Culstering by Super Resolution Imaging, Sarah A. Alamer

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Evaluation of Non-Composite Steel Girder Bridges Using Field Load Testing and a Calibrated Finite-Element Model, Mahmood J. Albraheemi

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Wireless Sensor System for Mild Cognitive Impairment Diagnosis, Ahmed A. Almaghasilah Mr

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Behaviors and Perceptions of Environmental Decision Making: the Role of Information Dissemination Through Public Disclosures and Labels, Jordan R. Anthony

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An Analysis Of International Agreements Over Cybersecurity, Lucas Ashbaugh

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Effect of Arsenic Exposure on Early Eye Development in Zebrafish (Danio rerio), Remy S. Babich

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A Glacial History of Roberts Massif, Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica, Using Cosmogenic 3He, 10Be, and 21Ne Surface Exposure Ages, Alexandra M. Balter

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Marine-Derived Nutrient Cycling in the St. Croix River, Maine, Betsy Barber

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Modeling and Simulation of the Thermoforming Process in Thermoplastic-Matrix Composite Materials, Philip M. Bean

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The Dynamics of Mixing and Subtidal Flow in a Maine Estuary, Kristopher Bears

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Multi-Tactic Ecological Weed Management in a Changing Climate, Sonja K. Birthisel

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Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Atlantic Cod Bycatch in the Maine Lobster Fishery and Its Impacts on Stock Assessment, Robert E. Boenish

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Broth: Enhancing Market Opportunities and Improving Sustainability of Maine Farmed Seaweed, Zachary M. Bonelli

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Investigating Present-day Health Issues of the American Lobster (Homarus americanus), Deborah A. Bouchard

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Ecological Consequences of Personality in a Guild of Terrestrial Small Mammals: From Trappability to Seed Dispersal, Allison M. Brehm

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Development and Shelf Life Evaluation of a Novel Fermented Seaweed Sauerkraut Utilizing Commercially Important Maine Seaweeds, Sarah M. Brochu

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Examining Links between Social Anxiety and Relational Aggression in Adolescence: The Influence of Rumination and Anger, Shannon L. Brothers

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The Hilbert-Huang Transform: A Theoretical Framework and Applications to Leak Identification in Pressurized Space Modules, Kenneth R. Bundy

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Dionysus, Cody Bursch

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Factors Affecting Survival and Carpogenic Germination of Pseudosclerotia of Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi, the Causal Agent of Mummy Berry, on Vaccinium angustifolium in Maine, Tyler L. Case

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Rediscovering The Interpersonal: Models Of Networked Communication In New Media Performance, Alicia Champlin

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Analyzing Supply Chain and Water Quality Management in the Soft-shell Clam (Mya arenaria) Fishery under the Impact of Shellfish Closures in Downeast Maine, Shuling Chen

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The Backs of Leaves, Shelby L. Colburn

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Looking at Innovation Dialogically: Teaching Communication and (Social) Change in the Innovation Engineering Program at the University of Maine, Mark J. Congdon Jr.

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Circulation, Cross-Shelf Exchange, and Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis) Population Connectivity in a Complex, Tidally Driven System, LeAnn M. Conlon

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From Vitruvian Man to the Avatar: The Second Life of Humanity, Amy E. Cross

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Providing Experimental Evidence for Mouse Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase as a Novel and Unique Adult Neural Stem Cell Marker, Caroline Dean Curtis

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Chemically Cross-Linked Polysaccharide-Based Hydrogels via Thiol-Norbornene Reaction as Sustainable Biomaterials, Nayereh Dadoo

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Gender differences in Co-rumination Processes in the Friendships of Late Adolescents: Relations to Depression Vulnerability, Helen J. Day

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Assessing Economic Performance of Maine's Lobster Fleet Under Changing Ecosystem Conditions in the Gulf of Maine, Alexa Dayton

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Assessing Economic Performance of Maine's Lobster Fleet Under Changing Ecosystem Conditions In the Gulf of Maine, Alexa M. Dayton

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Discourses on Fantasy: A Narrative Allegory, Reuben Dendinger

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Teacher Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth in the Era of "Educator Effectiveness" in Maine, Jonathan E. Doty

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Development of Kefir Products Using Aronia or Elderberries and the Impacts of Fermentation on the Health-promoting Characteristics of Aronia Polyphenols, Xue Du

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Wildlife Use of Vernal Pools in an Urbanizing Landscape with a Focus on Population Vitality of Vernal Pool-breeding Amphibians, Carly Eakin

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Wildlife Use of Vernal Pools in an Urbanizing Landscape with a Focus on Population Vitality of Vernal Pool-Breeding Amphibians, Carly Jasmine Eakin PhD

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Consumer Acceptance and Phytonutrient Assessment of Cold Hardy, Locally Grown Plums, Amber L. Elwell

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Examining the Relationship Between the Use of Simulation in Nursing Education andSafety with Medication Adminstration in the Clinical Setting, Deborah A. Eremita

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Periodic Evaluation of Northeastern Spruce and Balsam Fir Lumber Properties, Ben L. Farber

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Drivers of Tree Growth and Mortality in an Uneven-Aged, Mixed-Species Conifer Forest of Northeastern United States, Erin Fien

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Behavior, Knowledge and Attitude Changes in Youth Participating in the 4th H for Health Challenge Curriculum, Brianna N. Fortin

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Polyp to Population: A Tale of Two Corals, Christopher T. Fountain

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The Infection Dynamics of Sea Lice on Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar) in Cobscook Bay, Maine, USA, Catherine Anne Frederick

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A Multiple Case Study of Secondary School Teachers' Understanding of Learning Relationships in Virtual Schools: Implications for Teacher Identity, Linda M. Fuller

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Physical and Chemical Response of Small, North Temperate Lakes to Recovery From Acidification and Climate Change, Amanda Gavin

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Assessing Student Understanding of Reasoning using Argument-based Contrast Matrices, Ethan Geheb

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Stream Dynamics in the Headwaters of Post-Glacial Watershed Systems, Brett Gerard

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The Role of Perceived Control and Cardiac Function among Individuals with Binge Eating Symptomatology, Rachel E. Goetze

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Melting Hardened Desires: Confronting the Far Right by Cultivating Reflective Taste, Adam J. Goldsmith

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A Granular Account of Student's Understanding Reasoning within an Everyday and Scientific Contexts, Grace M. Gonnella

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Modern and Paleoecological Perspectives on a Terrestrial-Marine Linkage in the Falkland Islands, Dulcinea V. Groff

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Investigations into the Advancement of Cryptotephra Geochemical Fingerprinting, Laura Hartman

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Choking Hazards, Tessa Hathaway

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Improving Techniques to Study Equine Cervical Mucociliary Clearance, Melissa A. Hawkes

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Propagation of the Native North American Shrub Lonicera Villosa and Trait Comparisons with Nonnative Congeneric Taxa, Darren J. Hayes

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How GPU Rendering Affects Image Processing and Scientific Calculation Speed, Power and Energy on a Raspberry Pi, Qihao He

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The Efficacy of Equine Assisted Therapy in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Amy Hofmann

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Eco-Evolutionary Implications of Environmental Change Across Heterogeneous Landscapes, Jared J. Homola

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Echoes of the Past: The Effect of Background Experience on Far Transfer, Graham H. Hummel-Hall

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The Pathophysiological Role of Lyst Dysfunction in Retinal Pigment Epithelium, Xiaojie Ji

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The Effects of Seasonal Variations In Chemistry and Hydrology on the Microbial Community and Its Sulfide Oxidation Potential In a Naturally Acidic Maine Stream, Raymond C. Kahler III

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Forest Disturbance Detection and Aboveground Biomass Modeling Using Moderate-Resolution, Time-Series Satellite Imagery, John B. Kilbride

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Multispectral Classification of Gulf of Maine Surface Waters: Seasonal and Interannual Variability, Brianna M. King

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Strange Fruit: Black Female Body Politics in Contemporary American Culture, Eleanor Kipping

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Deciphering Climate-Driven Changes in Planktonic Diatom Communities in Lake Superior, Amy Kireta

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Deciphering Climate-Driven Changes in Planktonic Diatom Communities in Lake Superior, Amy Kireta

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Genetic Modification of Inherited Retinopathy in Mice, Yang Kong

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Gain vs. Loss and Near vs. Far Spatial Distance Message Framing and Support for Aquaculture Among U.S. Seafood Consumers, Sandaruwan P. Kumara

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Field Implementation of Tire Derived Aggregate as Lightweight Backfill for Retaining Walls, Jeremy Labbe

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Flower Visitation in Relation to Pollen and Nectar Nutrition: Implications for Pollinator Habitat and Conservation, Megan E. Leach

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Analysis of the Impacts of South Korea's Political Relations on its Bilateral Trade: Focus on South Korea's Political and Trade Relations with China, Japan, Russia, and North Korea, Mingu Lee

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New Approaches to Mapping Forest Conditions and Landscape Change from Moderate Resolution Remote Sensing Data across the Species-Rich and Structurally Diverse Atlantic Northern Forest of Northeastern North America, Kasey R. Legaard

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Modeling and Simulation of American Lobster in the Gulf of Maine: Spatial Distribution, Monitoring, and Conservation, Bai Li

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Timber Harvest and Recreation in Maine's North Woods: Attitudes, Impacts, and Strategies for Coexistence, Chelsea Liddell

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Past, Present and Future of Maine's Pulp and Paper Industry, Ariel Listo

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End of the Beginning, Peter Lowe

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Lead Poisoning in Maine's Common Loons: Examining Biological and Social Dimensions, Brooke S. MacDonald

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A "Real Social & Political Revolution": Nativism, Class Conflict, and Urban Reform in Portland, Maine (1840-1923), Thomas R. MacMillan

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Mechanistic Studies of Reducible Metal Oxides as Hydrodeoxygenation Catalysts, Akbar Mahdavi Shakib

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Modeling Human Cancer Therapy Response in Patient Derived Xenografts, Joan Malcolm

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Detailed Power Measurement with Arm Embedded Boards, Yanxiang Mao

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Thermochemical Conversion of Guaiacol Over Unsupported Tungsten Oxide and Nickel Supported Catalysts, Pamela Ruiz Martinez

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Microwave Acoustic SAW Resonators for Stable High-temperature Harsh-Environment Static and Dynamic Strain Sensing Applications, Anin K. Maskay

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Band-Sowing with Hoeing for Weed Management in Organic Grains, Margaret R. McCollough

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Controls on Phosphorus Export from an Agricultural Watershed: Amsden Brook, Fort Fairfield, Maine USA., Gregory J. McDonald

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Teachers' Professional Knowledge and Formative Assessment Practices: An Empirical Study from Middle School Earth Science Instruction in the Context of an Educational Improved Community, Laura Millay

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Utilizing Ground-Penetrating Radar in the Delineation and Cultural Resource Management of Eroding Maine Coastal Shell Middens, Jacquelynn F. Miller