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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Variations in Zooplankton Communities as Indicators of Biological Responses to Climate Change and Recovery From Acidification in Northeastern and Maine Mountain Lakes, Stephanie Dykema

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Forest Disturbance and Occupancy Patterns of Carnivores: Results of a Large-scale Field Study in Maine, USA, Bryn E. Evans

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Vertical Habitat Gradients: Comparing Phytoplankton Dynamics in Lakes with Low to Moderate Dissolved Organic Carbon Concentration, Matthew J. Farragher

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Comparison of Land Use and Flowslide Incidence in Palu Valley Following the 2018 Mw 7.5 Palu-Donggala Earthquake, Peta C. Fifield

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American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) Migration Ecology in Eastern North America, Alexander Fish

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Rejection Sensitivity, Relationship Quality, and Adjustment in Late-Adolescent Romantic Relationships and Friendships, Laura A. Foster

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Chinese Percussion Instruction Through The Lens of Western Pedagogy, Jonathan D. Fox

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Climate Change and Forest Management Impacts on Tree Growth and Physiology, Kelly French

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Remote Sensing Identification of Black Ash (Fraxinus Nigra) in Maine Via Hyper- and Multi-Spectral Imagery, John W. Furniss

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Krüppel-like Factor 9 Is a Feed-forward Regulator of Glucocorticoid Signaling, Ian Gans

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'Real Men' Don't See Pain, Margaret J. Gautrau

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Numerical Study of Laryngeal Control of Phonation using Realistic Finite Element Models of a Canine Larynx, Biao Geng

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Characterization of Dickeya dianthicola and Pectobacterium parmentieri Causing Blackleg and Soft Rot on Potato, Tongling Ge

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Pacing Variability and Performance in a 100 Mile Ultra Marathon, Brendan Gilpatrick

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Eastern Wild Turkey Population Ecology Across Land Use Gradients in Maine, Matthew Gonnerman

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Anthropogenic Impacts to Essential Habitats in the Gulf of Maine: a Case Study of the American Lobster, Homarus americanus, and Its Fishery, Andrew Goode

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The Holocaust in Białystok: Urban, Rural, and Forest Environments as Spaces of Resistance, Survival, and Persecution, Dakota Gramour

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Migration and Winter Movement Ecology of Red-Throated Loons (Gavia Stellata) in Eastern North America, Carrie E. Gray

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Evaluating and Advancing Opportunities for Ecosystem Services, Increased Production, and Sustainability of Kelp Aquaculture in the Gulf of Maine, Gretchen Schott Grebe

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Fermentation of Carcinus Maenas as a Method of Waste Stream Valorization, Delaney M. Greiner

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Adaptation Strategies for Wild Blueberry Growers in a Changing Climate: Mulching Effects on Crop Productivity and Fertility Effects on Blueberry Gall Midge, Rebecca Gumbrewicz

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High Resolution Remote Sensing As a Tool To Improve Coastal Habitat Mapping in The Gulf of Maine, Gabriel Hesketh

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Luminosity Functions of Galaxy Clusters in the Aquarius and Microscopium Superclusters, Logan A. Hess

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Quantifying Surface Changes on McMurdo Ice Shelf, Antarctica, Ann M. Hill

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To Know the Land with Hands and Minds: Negotiating Agricultural Knowledge in Late-Nineteenth-Century New England and Westphalia, Justus Hillebrand

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Environmental DNA Monitoring of Non-Native Mudpuppy (Necturus Maculosus) and Transient Rainbow Smelt (Osmerus Mordax), Vaughn Holmes

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Cellulose Nanofibril Coated Bio-based Composites for Food Serving Applications, Rakibul Hossain

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New Catalytic Routes for Upgrading Biomass-derived Organic Molecules, Elnaz Jamalzade

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Computationally Modeling Dynamic Biological Systems, Katherine Jarvis

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An Examination of Community Band Members' Ratings of Skills, Traits, and Behaviors of Community Band Conductors, Anita-Ann Jerosch

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Environmental Impacts on the Reproduction of three Cold-Water Corals, with Implications for their Vulnerability to Ocean Warming and Climate Change, Julia Johnstone

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Characterization and Influence of the McMurdo Shear Zone, Antarctica on the Ross Ice Shelf and Its Tributary, Lynn Kaluzienski

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Empathic Instruction through Literary Narratives: A Quasi-Experimental Study of an Occupational Therapy Course, Cavenaugh P. Kelly

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Examining Factors Predictive of Hazing in NCAA Division III Athletics and Considering the Implications for Prevention, David James Kerschner

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Expanding Our Understanding on Feed Spoilage and Developing Novel Approaches for Its Mitigation, Marjorie A. Killerby

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Examining Summertime Melt and Temperatures in the North Pacific Cordillera, Ingalise Kindstedt

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Application of Machine Learning Techniques to Classify and Identify Galaxy Merger Events in the Candels Field, Alex Koch

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The Use of Medical Cannabis in Clinical Practice, Arianne Kryskow

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Where Are All The Women?: Understanding The Factors Influencing Potential Departure Intentions Of Women Coaches At The NCAA Division III Level, Jennifer Laney

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Active Blade Pitch and Hull-Based Structural Control of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines, Eben Lenfest

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Enzyme-Assisted Fermentation and Chef Perspectives of Green Crab Sauce, Holly Constance Leung

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Development of Hybrid Ultra-High Performance Concrete Thermoplastic Composite Panels for Blast and Ballistic Protection, Alyssa M. Libby

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Determining Effects of Management Practices on Potato Early Dying and Soil Microbiome and Assessing Risk of Fungicide Resistance in Verticillium dahliae, Kedi Li

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Hydrodynamic Impacts of Expanding Aquaculture, Zhilong Liu

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A Quantitative Study of Mathematics Anxiety in First-Generation Pre-Service Teachers, Wendi Malenfant

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Dietary Change Among Canis Familiaris During the Late Ceramic Period on the Maine-Maritime Peninsula: A Case Study From the Holmes Point West Site (ME 62-8), Machias Bay, Maine, Abby E. Mann

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Construing Prestige: A Corpus-Assisted Discourse Study of Eight Historically Gendered Occupations, Benjamin Flint Markey

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10Be Chronology of Moraines Deposited During the Last Glaciation by the Khumbu Glacier, Nepalese Himalaya, Laura Alexandra Mattas

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The Intersection of Extracellular Signaling and Stress Pathways, Sari Mayhue

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Geology and Lithogeochemistry of the Pickett Mountain Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide Deposit, Northern Maine, Michael J. McCormick

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Resiliency Through Food Security of a Coastal Culture: the Peskotomuhkati, Natalie Michelle

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Consumer Preferences and Associated Price Premiums for Agricultural Traits in Maine Markets, Lauren Miller

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The Human Dimensions of Aquaculture Development in Maine Including a Governance Perspective, Molly Frances Miller

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Growth of Perkinus marinus by Bioreactor Fermentation, Caitlin Murphy

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Evaluating the Foraging Ecology and Energetics of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in the Gulf of Maine, Samantha Nadeau

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Techno-Economics and Life Cycle Analysis of Upgrading Woody Biomass to Diesel Blendstock, Aysan Najd Mazhar

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Health-related Quality of Life (HRQOL) in Sexual Minority (SM) College Undergraduate Students, Leigh Neptune

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Asymmetric Synthesis of Phosphate Mimics: From Chemistry to Biotechnology, Ahmed Numan

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Computer Modeling Using The Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) Method for Electromagnetic Wave Propagation, Atheer A. Oufi

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Functional Diversity in Blueberries and Their Responses to Extreme Drought, Pratima Pahadi

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Effects of a Novel DsRNA-Based Insecticide on the Colorado Potato Beetle, Samuel J. Pallis

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Embodying Resilience in the Writing Center: A Study of Tutor Training Handbooks and Videos Towards an Understanding of the "Ideal" Tutoring Session, Katelyn Emily Parsons

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The Impact of Diet Quality on Health-related Quality of Life in College Students, Kayla Parsons

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Synthesis and Photophysical Studies of Nitrogen Heterocycles Containing Benzothiazines, Benzothiazoles, Indoles and Quinolines, Ealin N. Patel

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Greta Thunberg's Disruptions: How Rhetoric Breaks Trained Incapacities to Climate Change, Mackenzie Peacock

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Deciphering the Ecology of Aulacoseira Taxa in Alpine Lakes: Implications for Paleoclimate Reconstructions, Edna Luz Pedraza Garzon

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Acting Out of Lyme: Characterizing the Human Dimensions of Lyme Disease Interventions, Katherine C. Perry

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Utilization of Secondary Processing Mill Residues in Maine to Produce Raw Materials for Manufacturing Wood-Plastic Composites (WPCs), Geeta Pokhrel

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Sulfur Isotope Composition of Sulfides in Mafic Cumulates, Lesser Antilles Arc, Tyler Pollock

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Risk Perceptions of Tick-Borne Diseases in Maine: Surveying Outdoor Enthusiasts, Sarah Rappaport

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The Role of Phosphoinositides in the Clustering and Assembly of Viral Proteins Quantified by Fluorescence Super-Resolution Microscopy, Prakash Raut

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Handling and Manipulation of Water- and Air- Borne Biological Samples Using Liquid-Infused Surfaces, Daniel P. Regan

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Climate Care: Pathways for Coastal Community Resilience, Jessica Reilly-Moman

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Using Peer Supports to Improve Positive-to-Negative Teacher/Student Interaction Ratios by Novice Teachers, Karen Robbie

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Energetic Impacts of Passage Delays in Migrating Adult Atlantic Salmon, Sarah R. Rubenstein

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Development of Methods for Determining Water Content in Oil Using Infrared Spectroscopy, Sfoog Hamad Saleh

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Evaluating Methods for Research in Physical Weed Control and Farm Asset Tracking, Johnny J. Sanchez

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Determination of Bridge Behavior Through Live-load Testing and Advanced Numerical Analysis, Andrew Schanck

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Making Earth, Making Home: Technoscientific Citizenship and Ecological Domesticity in an Age of Limits, Emma Schroeder

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Nanostructured Self-assembled Thin Films of Cationic Bottlebrush Block Copolymers, Hathaithep Senkum

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Retroviral Infection Dynamics in Maine's Wild Turkeys, Stephanie A. Shea

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Biotic Interactions at Species’ Range Limits in a Changing Climate, Isaac Shepard

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The Effects of Recent Minimum Wage Increases on Self-Reported Health in the United States, Liam Sigaud

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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