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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Developing a Robust Model-Based Framework to Estimate Groundfish Abundance and Understanding Spatial Variability in Life History of Atlantic Cod (Gadus Morhua) in the Eastern Gulf of Maine, John A. Carlucci

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Bridging the Gap: Including Cultural Science in Post-Secondary Education to Enhance Learning Within Sciences for Native and Non-Native Students, tish carr

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An Economic Analysis of Student Loan Default, Arianna Castonguay

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Tidal and Subtidal Processes at the Mouth of a Macrotidal Estuary, Rachel Chambers

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Chemical Tools for the Synthesis and Analysis of Glycans, Thamrongsak Cheewawisuttichai

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Spruce Budworm Defoliation Dynamics and its Influence on the Acadian Forest, Cen Chen

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Characterization of Nano-Cellulose Based Composites For Biomedical Applications, Mitchell P. Chesley

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Theory of Lexicographic Differentiation in the Banach Space Setting, Jaeho Choi

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Understanding the Dynamics of Unclaimed Terrorism Events in Pakistan: A Machine Learning Approach, Evan Christie

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Investigation of Student Understanding of Implicit Differentiation, Connor Chu

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A 2000 Year Saharan Dust Event Record From a European Alps Ice Core, Heather Clifford

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Muscle degeneration in a zebrafish model of lysosomal related myopathy, Elizabeth Coffey

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Grower Risk and Community Perception: Impediments to Growing Maine's Aquaculture Industry, Avery W. Cole

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The Effects of Timber Harvesting on Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes Scapularis) Abundance and Infection Prevalence, Christine Conte

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Niche Evolution Along a Gradient of Ecological Specialization, Meaghan Conway

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Assessment of Helical Anchors Bearing Capacity for Offshore Aquaculture Applications, Leon D. Cortes Garcia

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Juggling Multiple Roles: An Examination of Role Conflict and Its Relationship to Older Adult Volunteer Satisfaction and Retention, Jennifer Crittenden

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Student Retention, Coping, and Communication: A Study of Student Responses to a Common Read at a Small Liberal Arts College, Debbie Cunningham

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Identification of High-Risk Food Coping Strategies of Maine Food Pantry Clients, Kathryn Cutting

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Safety Assessment of Hydroponic Closed System, Adwoa S. Dankwa

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Evolution of the Material Structure and Resultant Deformation Patterns on the Western Margin of the Ross Ice Shelf, Clara Deck

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The Rise and Decline of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation in Ontario and Quebec during World War II, 1939 - 1945, Charles A. Deshaies

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Investigating connections between Iceberg Melt Rates and Glacier Dynamics on the Antarctic Peninsula, Mariama C. Dryak

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Landscape Pattern and Wild Bee Communities in Maine, Brianne Du Clos

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Age-related Smell Changes and Their Effects on the Health Status of Older Americans, Emily Duran Frontera

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Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of MAPK Signaling During JC Polyomavirus Infection, Jeanne DuShane

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Teacher Professional Development Using Iterative Inquiry-Based Chemistry Workshop, Clint Eaton

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In Hot Water: A Multi-Level Analysis of Structure, Agency, and Adaptive Governance in Chile's Lake Region, Sarah Ebel

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Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes scapularis) Distribution in Maine, USA, as Related to Climate Change, White-tailed Deer, and the Landscape, Susan P. Elias

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A Socio-Ecological Approach to Wildlife Disease Risk, James A. Elliott

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The Writing of Exile, Rahma Elmi

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Gender Stereotyping of the Managerial Roles of NCAA Athletic Directors, Richard A. Fabri

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An Epidemiological Model with Simultaneous Recoveries, Ariel B. Farber

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Fragmentation, Frustrated Revolt, and Off-Shore Opportunity: A Comparative Examination of Jihadi Mobilization in Central Asia and the South Caucasus, William B. Farrell

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450degree C Aln Thin Film Growth on Nitrided C-Plane Sapphire Substrates, Roger Eastman Feeley

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Leadership and Management, Michael Flanagan

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Getting Over the Dam: Overcoming Institutional Barriers to the Recovery of Atlantic Salmon by Navigating the Social-science/policy interface, Melissa E. Flye

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An Exploration of Technology Leadership in Three Maine Public School Districts, David L. Fournier

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Assessing the Mechanisms and Implications of Altered Carbon Cycling in Arctic and Boreal Lakes, Rachel Fowler

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Spatial and Temporal Variation in the Aquatic Invertebrate Community Structure of Rock Pools Along the Penobscot River, Maine, Chase R. Gagne

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Maine's Forestry and Logging Industry: Building a Model for Forecasting, Jonathan Gendron

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Cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) for textile applications: production of neat CNF filaments and reinforcement of natural fiber yarns, Shokoofeh Ghasemi

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Northern Conifer Forest Management: Silvicultural, Economic, and Ecological Outcomes From 65 Years of Study, Maren Granstrom

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Modeling, Simulation, and Validation of Process-Structure-Property Relationships in Fused Filament Fabrication, Aaron Grant

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Improved Estimates of Tributary Nitrogen Load to Casco Bay, Maine, Whitley J. Gray

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Battle Over Black Bears: Investigating Perceptions of the Black Bear Hunting Referendums in Maine, Francesca A. Gundrum

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Modeling Thermoregulation in Peromyscus, Jake Gutkes

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Shear Connectors For Hybrid Composite FRP-Concrete Bridge Girders, Dante Guzzi

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An Investigation on the Effects of Cellulose Nanofibrils on the Performance of Cement Based Composites, Hosain Haddad Kolour

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Physiological Effects of Climate Change on the American Lobster, Homarus americanus, Amalia M. Harrington

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Shocks to the System: The Micropolitics of Communities in Economic Shock When Determining the Outcome of Local Education, Kathy Jeanne Harris-Smedberg

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Deep Benthic Coral Habitats of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska, Elise C. Hartill

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Characterization of ethanol-related phenotypic differences between C57BL/6J and C57BL/6NJ substrains: Role of Cyfip2?, Matthew C. Hartmann

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Influence of Mechanical Properties of Paper Coating on the Crack at the Fold Problem, Seyyed Mohammad Hashemi Najafi

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Understanding Substance Use and Recovery in Maine: A Culture-Centered Approach, Carter Hathaway

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Exploring Different Peripheral Nociceptive Input Underlying Ongoing and Movement Evoked Cancer-Induced Bone Pain, Joshua Havelin

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Using Question Variations to Access Alternate Student Thinking About the Same Physical Situations, Jeffrey Mathis Hawkins

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Hors de l'ombre: L'environnement et la communauté gaie montréalaise dans "Le gay savoir" de Michel Tremblay / Out of the Shadows: The Environment and the Montreal Gay Community in Michel Tremblay's "Le gay savoir", Zackary L. Haynes

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"There Isn't Anything that Guy Can't Teach About Cars": How Nontraditional Female Career and Technical Education Students Perceive Instructor Effectiveness, Christopher J. Healy

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Living on the edge: thermophysiology of the southern flying squirrel at its northern range margin, Vanessa R. Hensley

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Mercury Concentrations in Aquatic Insects of Two Maine Coastal Streams: Temporal Patterns of Mercury in Aquatic Insect Biosentinels and Implications for Methylmercury Flux, Megan C. Hess

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Participatory Modeling of Tidal Circulation on Maine Mudflats to Improve Water Quality Management of Shellfish Areas, Gabrielle V. Hillyer

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Fractures, Fluids, and Metamorphism: Shear Zone Initiation in the Marcy Anorthosite Massif, Adirondacks, New York, USA, James Hodge

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Validation of a Fluorescence-Based Bacteria Enumeration and Viability Determination Method Using Image Cytometry, Matthew R. Hodgkin

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Determining the Influence of Lateral Margin Mechanical Properties on Glacial Flow, Kate Hruby

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Mechanisms of Humility's Influence on Prosociality, Matthew A. Humphreys

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Comparing Independent Approaches to Estimate Age at Size of the Jonah Crab (Cancer borealis): Corroborating Gastric Mill Band Counts as a Direct Aging Method, Carlton Huntsberger

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Local Food Policy & Consumer Food Cooperatives: Evolutionary Case Studies, Afton Hupper

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The Potential for Dickeya dianthicola to be Vectored by Two Common Insect Pests of Potatoes, Jonas K. Insinga

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Cellulose Nano-composites for Performance Enhancement of Portland Cement-based Materials, Kavya Shirisha Kamasamudram

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Conversion of Pretreated Hardwood to Medium-Chain Fatty Acids for Production of Biolubricants, Koorosh Kashkooli

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Assessing Quantitative Reasoning in a Ninth Grade Science Class Using Interdisciplinary Data Story Assignments, Bryn W. Keenhold

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Sound Commodity: Contemporary Public Radio and Podcasting, Casey R. Kelly

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Utilization of Low-lime Calcium Silicate in Hydrated and Carbonated Cementitious Materials, Mohammad Rakibul Islam Khan

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Effects of Salt Concentration on the Physicochemical Properties and Microbial Safety of Spontaneously Fermented Cabbage, Surbhi Khanna

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Identification of Chromatin Regulators Perturbed in Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cell Aging, Eraj S. Khokhar

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Why Do Glaciers Surge? Understanding the Last Eight Surges of Donjek Glacier, Yukon, Canada, William Kochtitzky

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A 2000 Year Detailed Climate Reconstruction Using a South Pole Ice Core, Elena Korotkikh

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Root Biomass and Other Soil Properties Affecting the CO2 Flush from Laboratory Dried and Rewetted Soils, Audrey E. Laffely

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Transdisciplinary Creative Ecologies in Contemporary Art within Emergent Processes, Siglinde Langholz Villarreal

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Perspectives on Water Resources Risk, Policy, and Stewardship, Anne Marie Lausier

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Development of an Electrical Interface for A Lateral Field Excited Sensor System, Thomas J. Leighton

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A Qualitative Representation of Spatial Scenes in R2 with Regions and Lines, Joshua Lewis

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Valuing the Economic Benefits of Conservation Lands in Downeast Maine, Lesley Lichko

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Development of Finite Element Techniques to Simulate Concrete-Filled Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Tube Structures, Hakeem S. Majeed

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Understory Response to Gap-based, Multi-aged Silviculture, Maggie R. Mansfield

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3D Printed Bioinspired Vascularized Polymers, Kayla Marquis

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Assessing Migrations and Habitat Connectivity for two Anadromous Species Following a Major Restoration Effort in the Penobscot River, Maine, George A. Maynard

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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