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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Mechanisms of Ice Core Stable Isotope Variability in the Upper Kaskawulsh-Donjek Region, St. Elias Mountains, Yukon, Canada, Erin A. McConnell

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Damage Resistance and Tolerance of 3D Woven Composites, Justin T. McDermott

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Multi-level Governance of Climate Change Adaptation: United Nations Negotiations and Adaptation Project Implementation in Nicaragua and Samoa, Anna E. McGinn

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Sexual Dimorphism in a Mouse Model of Dry Eye Disease, Neal Mecum

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"When We Develop An Agriculture That Fits This Land": Soil Conservation, Landscape Change, And The Making Of Agroecological Knowledge In The Appalachian South, 1930-1955, Cody P. Miller

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Nonverbal Communication and Its Role in Building Rapport: A Mixed Methods Study of K-12 Teachers, Barbara M. Moody

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A Tale of Two Bays: the Development and Applications of the Saco and Casco Modeling Project, Stephen M. Moore

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Synthesis and Characterization of Heteronuclear Inorganic Complexes for the Photodegradation of Persistant Organic Pollutants, Matthew A. Moyet

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Effects of High Pressure and Sous-Vide Processing On Quality of Atlantic Sea Scallops (Placopecten Magellanicus), Dhriti Nayyar

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The dispersal pattern of Thekopsora minima in wild blueberry determined by a molecular detection method, Nghi Nguyen

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Optical Memory Behavior, Metallophilic Luminescence, and Chemical Sensing Ability of Inorganic and Organometallic Complexes: Development of Optoelectronic Materials, Aaron D. Nicholas

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Response of Early Life Stage Homarus americanus to Ocean Warming and Acidification: an Interpopulation Comparison, Maura K. Niemisto

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From Harmony to the Field, Steven E. Norton

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Innovative Resources in Small Ruminant Health, Sarah Paluso

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Process Optimization of Levulinic Acid Production From Seaweeds and Its Upgrading to TDO Oil, Maurvin Patel

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Projecting the Mind: Surrealist Ideas with Contemporary Tools, Adam C. Paul

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Social-ecological Heterogeneity Shapes Resilience of Small-scale Fisheries: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Mexican Chocolate Clam Fishery in Loreto, Mexico, Kara E. Pellowe

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Assessing the Effectiveness of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program on Diet Quality as Measured by the Healthy Eating Index 2005, Sarah A. Perkins

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A New Materialist Rhetoric: Theorizing Movement from a Rhetorical Ethnography of Hiking, Bryan Picciotto

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Optimizing Legume-Based Nitrogen Fertility For Organic Small Grain Systems, Margaret A. Pickoff

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Silver, Blood and Singing, Zachary J. Posey

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The Effects of Sediment Acidification and Temperature on the Immune Capacity of the Atlantic Jackknife (Razor) Clam (Ensis leei M. Huber, 2015), Brian Preziosi

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Parameters that Influence the Performance of Dispersion Barrier Coatings, Randy Raditya

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The Effect of Public-Place Smoking Bans on Risky Health Behavior among different Races and Ethnicities in the United States, Muntasir Rahman

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Designing a Comprehensive School-Wide Program in Character Development and Leadership for High School Students, Mark C. Reilly

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Potential Value-added Utilization of Wood Ash in Construction Materials, Naveen Saladi

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Submist as an Effective Method for the Rooting of Herbaceous and Woody Ornamental Plants by Stem Cuttings, Olivia Sanchez

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Learning Science: Physical and Life Sciences in Curricula Across U.S. Schools of Nursing, Valerie C. Sauda

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Paper Structure Formation Simulation, Tyler R. Seekins

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The Importance of Administrative Supports in Retaining Special Educators: A Comparison of Administrator and Teacher Perceptions, Mary Ellen Seymour

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Mountain Livelihoods in a Time of Change: a Case Study of Upper Mustang in Nepal, Sandesh Shrestha

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Development of a Hybrid Thermoplastic Composite and Concrete Deck System, Benjamin T. Smith

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Embeddings of Harary Graphs in Orientable Surfaces, Christopher Allen Smith

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Challenges to Economic Resiliency and Performance: Measuring the Regional Impacts of Rurality and Space, Elena S. Smith

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Examining the Relationship Between a Universal Screening Measure and a State Reading Assessment, Karen G. Smith

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Productivity, Costs, and Best Management Practices for Major Timber Harvesting Frameworks in Maine, Harikrishnan Soman

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Navigating Wilderness and Borderland: Environment and Culture in the Northeastern Americas during the American Revolution, Daniel S. Soucier

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Towards a Unified Disease Mechanism for tRNA Synthetase-Mediated Peripheral Neuropathy, Emily L. Spaulding

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New Methodologies for Examining and Supporting Student Reasoning in Physics, John C. Speirs

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Tide and Storm Surge Dynamics in Estuaries of Variable Morphology, Preston Spicer

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Climate-Driven Migration: Prioritizing Cultural Resources Threatened by Secondary Impacts of Climate Change, Ani St. Amand

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The Influences of Kokumi on Emotions and Satisfaction, Tamara Stephens

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Response of Estuarine Fish Biomass to Restoration in the Penobscot River, Maine, Justin R. Stevens

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Microbial Diversity of the Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY) and its Impact on the Organoleptic Properties of Kombucha, Danielle L. St-Pierre

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Reaction Kinetics Analysis of C-O Hydrogenoloysis in Phenol and 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural, Daniela Ignacia Stuck Valenzuela

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Novel Configurations of Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites (IPMCs) As Sensors, Actuators, and Energy Harvesters, Seyed Ehsan Tabatabaie

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A Laboratory Investigation of Cement Based Materials with Cellulose Nanofibers, Parivash Takasi

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Girl Thing, Morghen Tidd

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Using Low Frequency Audio Content in Order to Use a Given Space as an Instrument, Berkay Tok

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A Longitudinal Study of Mammograms Utilizing the Automated Wavelet Transform Modulus Maxima Method, Brian C. Toner

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Predicting Response of Potato and Barley to Climate Change in Maine Using the Crop Model DSSAT, Brogan Tooley

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Linking Environmental Variability to the Biogeography of Placopecten magellanicus in the Gulf of Maine, Michael Paul Torre

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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