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 2021

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Use of the New England Aquarium to Evaluate Environmental DNA Metabarcoding of Gulf of Maine Vertebrates and Invertebrates, Samantha Silverbrand

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HELLS and PRDM9 Form a Pioneer Complex to Open Chromatin at Meiotic Recombination Hotspots: A Technological Perspective, Catrina Spruce

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Assessing Plant and Lichen Diversity Using Reflectance Spectra, Lance Stasinski

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Improving Model Finding for Integrated Quantitative-qualitative Spatial Reasoning With First-order Logic Ontologies, Shirly Stephen

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Letting Accuracy 'Sync' In: The Role of Synchrony in Perceptions of Personality Traits and Affective States, Morgan D. Stosic

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Illuminating Corneal Nerve Injury: Analysis of Neuronal Phenotypes Following Acute and Chronic Corneal Nerve Injury, Cara Sullivan

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Understanding the Adhesion Mechanism in Mycelium-Assisted Wood Bonding, Wenjing Sun

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Moving Towards the Science-based Fisheries Management (SBFM) in China, Shu Su

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Characterization of Coated Particles to Use in High-Temperature Solid Particle Receivers, Seyed Adib Taba

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The Effect of Non-Local Electrical Conductivity on Near-Field Radiative Heat Transfer Between Graphene Sheets, Behrad Zeinali Tajani

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Translational Fidelity and its Role in Neuronal Homeostasis, Markus Terrey

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Manipulation of Particles and Fluid with Surface Acoustic Waves, Joel Scott Tewksbury

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Economics and Operational Decision Constraints of Small-Diameter Tree Harvesting, Libin Thaikkattil Louis

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Evaluating Human-equine Interactions Through the Lens of Adult Attachment, Clare Thomas-Pino

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Coupled Model Sea Surface Temperature Biases and Their Influence on Tropical Cyclone Environmental Conditions in an Atmospheric General Circulation Model, Hunter Tubbs

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Investigating the Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices of High School Chemistry Teachers Regarding the Differentiation of Instruction, Anna Tyrina

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The Role of Red Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus) on Inflammation, Lipid Metabolism, and Endothelial Dysfunction as Related to the Metabolic Syndrome, Natalie VandenAkker

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Tree Responses to Moderate and Extreme Drought in the Northeastern United States, Ruth A. van Kampen

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Segmentation and Statistical Analysis of Imaged and Simulated 3D Chromosome Territories, Hannah Varney

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Consumer Characteristics, Acceptance and Knowledge of, and Preferences for Kombucha, Matthew Walker

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Optimization of Thermoelectric Materials For Marine and Power Plant Application, Travis Thornton Wallace

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Structural and Material Characterization of Inflatable Drop-Stitch Panels Used in Bending Applications, Elisabeth M. Waugh

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Toward Improving Understanding of the Structure and Biophysics of Glycosaminoglycans, Elizabeth K. Whitmore

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Adult-use Cannabis and State Research Agencies an Exploratory Study and Development of a Harm-reduction Course, Abigail Wiegand

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Deciphering the Perpetual Fight Between Virus and Host: Utilizing Bioinformatics to Elucidate the Host's Genetic Mechanisms that Influence JC Polyomavirus Infection, Michael P. Wilczek

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Cumulative Effects of Habitat Change: American Marten Habitat Selection and 30 Years of Forest Harvesting in Maine, Tyler Woollard

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Development of Nanostructured Titania-Incorporated Photocatalysts for Environmental Applications, Sudheera B. Yaparatne

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Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Ventless Trap Survey in Capturing Sublegal American Lobster Abundance in the Inshore Gulf of Maine, Shiyue Zhao

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Direct Support Professionals' Perspectives on Sexuality Issues of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: A Qualitative Analysis of Interviews with Providers in Maine, Nicole Achey

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Impact Resistance of Fiber-Reinforced Composites Using Computational Simulations, Maitham Alabbad

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The Effect of Hemicellulose Absorption on Apparent Sheet Density, Christopher M. Albert

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Potato Yield Response to Different Rates of Phosphorus Fertilization in Northern Maine - USA, Ahmed A. Algburi

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Investigation of Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidants Properties of Phenolic Compounds from Inonotus obliquus Using Different Extraction Methods, Weaam A.A. Alhallaf

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Microsite Requirements for Successful Regeneration in Lowland Northern White-Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) Forests, Jeanette Allogio

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Evaluation and Exploration of Microbial Quality and Safety Aspects of Unpasteurized Retail Maine Dairy Products, Dhafer A.M.H Alshaibani

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A Spatial Economic Model of Maine's Forest Product Industry: Interactions Between Markets, Policy, and Space, James L. Anderson

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Population Structure and Reproductive Biology of Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi (Reade) Honey in Lowbush Blueberry in Maine, Katherine A. Ashley

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Evaluating the Current Weed Community in Wild Blueberry Fields and IPM Strategies for Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium), Anthony G. Ayers

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Development and Test of High Temperature Surface Acoustic Wave Gas Sensors, Armando E. Ayes Moncada

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Modeling of Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow in a Porous Medium, Hamza Azzam

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Understanding the Influence of Nonlinear Seas on Wind Generated Waves, Taylor L. Bailey

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Separating God's Two Kingdoms: Regular Baptists in Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, 1780 to 1815, Ronald S. Baines

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Exploring the Social Effects of Increased Hiker Use at the Northern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail, Leah Beck

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Understanding Social Factors in Small Group Work in Undergraduate Mathematics Classrooms, Jeremy R. Bernier

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The Next Generation of Labor in Rural, Resource-Rich Places: Forestry Needs and Youth Aspirations, Nicole R. Bernsen

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Fabrication of Silicon Microneedles for Dermal Interstitial Fluid Extraction in Human Subjects, Caleb A. Berry

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Spruce Budworm Defoliation Detection and Host Species Mapping Using Sentinel Satellite Imagery, Rajeev Bhattarai

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Sourcing and Evaluating the Use of Detritus as a Supplementary Diet for Bivalve Aquaculture Using Stable Isotopes and Fatty Acid Biomarkers, Adrianus C. Both

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Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Roost Site-Selection and Viability East of the Appalachian Mountains, Brandon Boxler

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The Relative Abundance and Diversity of Parasitoids of the Browntail Moth (Euproctis chrysorrhoea L.) and Factors that Influence Their Population Dynamics, Karla S. Boyd

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The Influence of Message Type, Environmental Attitude, and Political Ideology on Perceptions of Aquaculture in the United States, Tabitha C. Boze

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Evaluation and Impact of Food Safety Messages in New Media for Trending Recipes: Savory Jam on YouTube, Alison L. Brodt

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Pyramiding Approaches for Potato Disease Resistance Breeding, Kristen M. Brown-Donovan

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The Maine Teacher Resilience Study: Using SEM to Create A Teacher Costs to Caring Resilience Model, Sherry Pineau Brown

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Assessing the Factors That Alter Ecological Responses of Cold, Oligotrophic Lakes to Nutrient Subsidies, Benjamin Burpee

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Work at the Boundary: A Research-Practice Partnership to Integrate Computer Science into Middle School Science, Amelia R. Callahan

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Conversations with the Oregon Trail and the Silent Generation, Jose A. Camacho Quiroz

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Leak Detection and Localization in Pressurized Space Structures Using Bayesian Inference: Theory and Practice, Joel Castro

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Airborne Hyperspectral Data Application in Stress Detection of Blueberry Fields and Ash Trees, Catherine Chan

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Examining the Northern Shrimp Fishery in a Changing Gulf of Maine, Ashley N. Charleson

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Phytoplankton Community Composition in the Surface Ocean: Methods for Detection using Optical Measurements, Pigment Concentrations, and Flow Cytometry, Alison P. Chase

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A Linear Actuator/Spring Steel-Driven Glove for Assisting Individuals with Activities of Daily Living, Daniel Chizhik

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I Love It When You Make Me Coffee In The Morning, Rachel Elizabeth Church

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Inter-Art Mechanics of Life & Wellness, Josh Couturier

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Making Vacationland: The Modern Automobility and Tourism Borderlands of Maine and New Brunswick, 1875-1939, Sean C. Cox

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Development of a High-throughput Platform for the Determination of Antiviral Therapeutics, Mason A. Crocker

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Managing Resilience in a Changing World: A Multiscale Analysis of Fisheries Governance Challenges, Marina Cucuzza

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The Impact of Cooking Knowledge, Attitude, Behavior, and Food Security Status on Diet Quality of College Students at the University of Maine, Angela I. Czup

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Distributions and Abundances of the Red Tide Dinoflagellate Alexandrium catenella in the Eastern Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy in Relation to Diatoms in June, July and August of 2019, Kimberly Lina D'Adamo

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Investigating Maine Secondary Science Teachers Conceptualization of Scientific Argumentation, Erin Doran

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Wildlife Rehabilitation Datasets as an Underutilized Resource to Understand Avian Threats, Mortality, and Mitigation Opportunities, Michelle M. Duffy

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Sustainable Production of Feed for Recirculating Aquaculture using Black Solider Flies and Microalgae, Patrick Erbland

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Evaluating Seafood Distribution Channels in the Atlantic Sea Scallop and Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fisheries, Amanda Fall

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Health Insurance Plan Design and Chronic Disease Management, Daniel E. Feldman

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Beyond the Brain: a Study of α-synuclein's Role in Bone and Adipose Tissue, Carolina A. Figueroa

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Thermal Inactivation of Bacterial Pathogens and Fungal Spores Under Post-Process Contamination Scenarios in Maple Syrup Processing, Maria Fiore

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A Transdisciplinary Approach to Decision Support for Dams in the Northeastern U.S. with Hydropower Potential, Emma L. Fox

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So That All Children May Successfully and Optimally Learn: Changing the Odds for Rural Students, Maria C. Frankland

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Investigation of Infiltration Measurements Using Wind Induced Pressure Response on an Enclosure, Aaron R. French

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From Phocine Distemper to Avian Influenza: A Study of Immunogenetic Diversity in Two Sympatric Pinniped Species, Alayna K. Gigliotti

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A Groundwater Flow Model to Aid in Water Resource Management for the Carraipia Basin in the coastal semi-arid region of La Guajira state (Colombia), Efren D. Gomez Arevalo

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Investigating the Intersections of Interpersonal Violence: Identifying Risk and Protective Factors for Hazing, Kayla E. Goodwin

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UAV 6DOF Simulation and Kalman Filter for Localizing Radioactive Sources, John G. Goulet

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Habitat Selection Across the Reproductive Cycles of Grassland Songbirds in the Northern Great Plains, Nicole Ann Guido

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Evaluating TLB (Translation Lookaside Buffer) Performance Overhead for NVM (non-volatile Memory) Hybrid System, Xiang Guo

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Optical Signatures of Plankton in the Open Ocean: From Individual Cells to Global Patterns, Nils Haentjens

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Square Dance, Matthew T. Hammond

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Radiometric Dating: A New Technique, Amber Emily Hathaway

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Snowmobiling in Maine: Economic Contributions and Registered Maine Guides, Ian Hathaway

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Harp, Harbor and Gray Seal Strandings in the Gulf of Maine: A Retrospective Socio-Ecological Analysis, Holland Haverkamp

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Generating Insight Into the Nature of Existence; The Process of Unraveling Logic, Keith Reed Hayden II

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The Design and Validation of a UAV Propeller Intended for Extremely Low Reynolds Number Environments, Benjamin Hebert

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Hopf Algebras in the Representation Theory of Combinatorial//Families of Groups, Caleb Kennedy Hill

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Effects of Salt and Garlic Concentration on The Microbial Safety, Biochemical Properties, and Sensory Acceptance of Spontaneously Fermented Beet Kvass, Abigail Hing

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My Haunted Home: A Collection of Short Stories, Victoria E. Hood

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Fostering Coastal Destination Resilience in Maine: Understanding Climate Change Risks and Behaviors, Lydia Horne

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A Comprehensive Model of Stress-induced Binge Eating: The Role of Cognitive Restraint, Negative Affect, and Impulsivity In Binge Eating as a Response to Stress, Rachael M. Huff

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Use of GIS to Find Optimum Locations for Anaerobic Digestion or Composting Facilities in Maine, Usha Humagain

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High Pressure Processing Of Sous-vide Lobster (Homarus Americanus) Tails, Sami Ali Humaid

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Phenolic Phytochemicals and Their Antioxidant Activities in Maine-Grown Asian, American-Hybrid, and European Plums, Hye Weon Hwang