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 2017

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CGRP Effects on LP-BM5 Infection in Glial Cells, Eliza Grlickova-Duzevik

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Impulse Radio Ultra Wide-Band Transmitters for Internet of Things, Praveen Gunturi

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Revisiting Ocean Color algorithms for chlorophyll a and particulate organic carbon in the Southern Ocean using biogeochemical floats, Nils Haëntjens

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Maine Literature 101: A Course for High School Seniors, Courtney Hawkes

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Role Fit and the Glass Ceiling: Exploring Factors That Contribute to Women's Underrepresentation in Leadership, Lauren Hawthorne

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An Analysis of Neurogenesis in a Mouse Model of Chemotherapy Related Cognitive Impairment, Maxwell A. Hennings

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Breeding Ecology and Habitat Use of Unisexual Salamanders and their Sperm-Hosts, Blue-Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma laterale), Kristine Hoffmann

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Nanocellulose Fibers as a Potential Material for Orthopedic Implantation Application, David Gregg Holomakoff

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Risk Perceptions of Climate Change Amongst Nature-Based Tourism Stakeholders in Western Maine, Lydia R. Horne

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Dynamic Modeling and Extreme Tension Analysis of Mooring System for a Floating Offshore Wind Turbine, Wei Ting Hsu

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An Investigation of the In-Practice Development and Implementation of Recess and PE Weather Policies in Maine Elementary Schools, Lauren E. Jacobs

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Biological and Ecological Behaviors of Phytophthora erythroseptica Mediated by Chemical Signals, He Jiang

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Phytonutrient Content and Consumer Attitudes of Purple-Fleshed Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.) and Consumer Attitudes Towards Low-Acrylamide French Fries, Aaron Michael Johnson

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Impact Resistance of Single-Layer and Multi-Layered Materials, Karrar Khlaif

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Characterization of Catalysts for Hydrodeoxygenation of Bio-oils using Phenol as a Model Compound, Abdulazeez Mohammed Khlewee

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Production of Bio-oil with Different Oxygen Content and Characterization of Catalytic Upgrading to Transportation Fuel, Mubarak Mohammed Khlewee

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Water Chemistry Dynamics in Four Vernal Pools in Maine, USA, Lydia H. Kifner

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Understanding Climate History and Ice Extent in the Mid- to High Latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere During the Last Glacial Maximum, Courtney King

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Forest Products Trucking Industry in Maine: Opportunities and Challenges, Anil Koirala

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Acoustic Emission Analysis of energy Dissipation Mechanisms in Ultra High-Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete, Roman Kravchuk

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Investigating the Assessment of Abstraction as a Key Component of the Nature of Models, Derek C. LaBarron Mr.

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Discovering the Writing Teacher Within: The Influence of Mentors in the National Writing Project, Maryia LaBree

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Capacity for Recovery, Influence of Commercial Thinning, and Resistance to Defoliation in Spruce-Fir Forests, Cathie-Jo M. Langley

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Attenuating the Antibody Reactivity of the Shrimp Major Allergen (Tropomyosin) using Food Processing Methods, Adeseye Lasekan

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Using Contrasting Cases to Build Metacognitive Knowledge About the Impact of Salient Distracting Features in Physics Problems, Thanh K. Le

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Development of an Accelerometer Instrumentation Array Embedded into a Gel Matrix Used to Simulate Brain Response, Vincent C. Lewis

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U.S. Immigration Policy and Immigration Economics, George B. Lindbom

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Optimizing PAPI for Low-Overhead Counter Measurement, Yan Liu

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Investigating Student Mental Models at the Intersection of Mathematics and Physical Reasoning in Physics, Savannah E. Lodge-Scharff

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Experimental Characterization of Bearing/Bypass Interaction and Bolted Joint Fatigue in a Three-Dimensional Woven Carbon Composite, William London

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Expression Profiling of Non-Coding RNA by Environmental Interactions in Innate Immunity, Jacob R. Longfellow

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Optimization of Wind Turbine Blade Fatigue Test Design, David Lopez

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Development of a Surface Acoustic Wave Device for the Lysis of Bacterial and Red Blood Cells, Timothy Lyford

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Nesting Ecology and Summertime Resource Selection of Ruffed Grouse in Central Maine, USA., Joelle Mangelinckx

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The Role of IGFBP4 in Regulating Bone and Adipose Tissue Development in Mice, David Maridas

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Assessing Management Structure and Influencing Settlement of the Soft-Shell Clam (Mya arenaria) in Maine, Elisabeth A. Maxwell

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Divergent Responses of Larval and Juvenile Blue Mussels to Low Salinity Exposure, Melissa A. May

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Piezoelectric Platforms for Bulk Acoustic Wave Sensor Applications, Jason M. McGann

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Population Ecology of Colonially Breeding Seabirds: How Intrinsic Processes, Mediating Influences, and Individual Heterogeneity Affect Population Vital Rates, Aly McKnight

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Renewable Hydrogels From Norbornene-Functionalized Carboxymethyl Cellulose and a Short Dithiol Crosslinked Via a Thiol-Ene Reaction, Thomas McOscar

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"In My Bones": Self-Presentation Forecasts Multimodal Constructs, Diana Marie Meakem

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Pairing Young Adult and Classic Literature in the High School English Curriculum, Anne V. Miller

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Window Inserts and the People Adopting Them: Building Sustainable Communities in Maine, Daniel Sean Mistro

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Risk Perceptions of Metallic Mineral Mining in Maine, Andrew Morgan

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Influence of Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) Grown in Elevated CO2 on Apatite Dissolution, Brian Matthew Morra

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Long-term Sustainability of Northern Mixedwood Management: Spatial and Temporal Aspects of Forest Productivity, Bethany L. Munoz

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Frozen Yogurt as a Protein Supplement for Older Adults, Huong Ly Nguyen

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Barriers to Implementation of PBIS: Teacher Self-Efficacy, Collective Efficacy, and Teacher Attributions, Janet Nichols

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Non/Disclosure: Documentation and Participant Observation as Hybrid, Nonfiction, Artistic Research Methodology for Ethnographic Media Production, Contemplative Discovery, Social Practice and Catharsis, Cyle P. O'Donnell

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Propane Diols: Value Added Coproducts of Biodiesel Production, Karl C. Olson

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Liquid Gating PTFE Membranes to Reduce Fouling, Jonathan C. Overton

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Envisioning Recovery: A Social-Ecological Systems Analysis of Maine’s Co-managed Sea Urchin Fishery, Kimberly L. Ovitz

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Modeling of a Head - Neck Assembly Drop Tower Impact Test Using ABAQUS, Hussein Sharqi Owaid

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Cathedral Glacier: Quantifying Forty Years of Surface Elevation Change Using Structure from Motion, Benjamin W. Partan

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Investigating Zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a Model to Study Ethanol Toxicity on Muscle, Margaret E. Pasquarella

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An Investigation of Effective Vaccine Targets in the Salmon Louse, Lepeophtherius salmonis, Jessica Piesz

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Development of Gaseous Antimicrobial Interventions: Chlorine Dioxide and Ozone Against Foodborne Pathogens on Produce and Low-Moisture Foods, Bhargavi Rane

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Uniform Distribution of Hecke Eigenvalues, Caroline Reno

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Development and Assessment of a Habitat Modeling Framework Utilizing Quantitative Variable Selection and Weighting Schemes, Max E.B. Ritchie

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A Spatial Analysis of the Impacts of Marine Aquaculture on Coastal Housing Prices, Christina Robichaud

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How do we collaborate? A look into Maine's Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network, Abby Jane Roche

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Developing a Collaborative Research Program to Evaluate Fine-Scale Groundfish Dynamics in Eastern Maine, Mattie Rodrigue

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Advancing Development of Porphyra umbilicalis as a Red Algal Model System and Aquaculture Crop, Charlotte Royer

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Using Nutrition Education at a Maine Food Pantry Impacts Food-Related Behavior of Participants, Marissa E. Rublee

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Improving Management and Conservation of Cusk (Brosme brosme): Habitat Distribution, Bycatch Interactions, and Conservation Practices, Jocelyn M. Runnebaum

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Consumer Acceptability of Oat and Barley Recipes in Older Adults, Amy Ryan

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Traction Force Measurements of Live Bovine Aortic Endothelial Cells with Micro Pillars and Multiphysics Modeling with Novel Ionic Polymer Metal Composite Assays for Real Time Measurements, Abouhamed Saberi

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An Automated Device to Increase Screening Throughput of Zebrafish Larvae, Fuoad Saliou-Sulley

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Cellulose Nanofiber-Reinforced Impact Modified Polypropylene: Assessing Material Properties from Fused Layer Modeling and Injection Molding Processing, Jordan Elliott Sanders

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An Assessment of Aerial Survey Methods for Generating Forest Inventory Models, David Sandilands

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Using Hydroacoustics to Investigate Biological Responses in Fish Abundance to Restoration Efforts in the Penobscot River, Maine, Constantin C. Scherelis

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Assessing Students' Understanding of Variability and Graph Interpretation Through an Authentic Science Investigation, William M. Schlager

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Assessing Market Integration Among Aquaculture Products and Production Efficiency in New England's Oyster Aquaculture Industry, Ben Scuderi

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The Biogeographic Origins and Trophic Ecology of Maine’s Island Red-Backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus), Nikko-Ideen Shaidani

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SO2-Alcohol-Water Fractionation of Sugarcane Straw, Asif Sharazi

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A Picture and a Thousand Words: Language, Imagery, and the Patient-Provider Relationship, Ryan Shelley

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Music for a Dome: Experimental and Electronic Music in 5.1 Surround Sound, Duane Shimmel

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Rural Women’s Perception of Environmental Degradation: A Case Study of Amhara, Ethiopia., Tizezew Shimekach Sisay

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Development of Spectroscopic Methods for Dynamic Cellular Level Study of Biochemical Kinetics and Disease Progression, Anna M. Sitarski

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Playing at Women and Men: A Discourse Analysis of Gender and Sexuality Performance in an Online Play-by-Post Role-Playing Game, Caitlin M. Smith

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Oyster Aquaculture Site Selection Using Landsat 8-derived Sea Surface Temperature, Turbidity, and Chlorophyll a., Jordan Snyder

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In Situ Dating of Multiple Events in Granulite-Facies Rocks of the Larsemann Hills, Prydz Bay, East Antarctica Using Electron Microprobe Analysis of Monazite, Steven K. Spreitzer

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Lobster in a Changing Gulf of Maine: Investigating the Temporal Impact on Molting and the Fishing Fleet, Kevin W. Staples

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Characterizing Hydrologic Fluxes in Six Central Maine Vernal Pools with a Focus on Groundwater Flow, Kelli M. Straka

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Prospective Studies of Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Mild Cognitive Impairment, Kevin Sullivan

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Variable Proportions of Silicate and Nitrate in the Gulf of Maine: The Role of Internal Recycling Versus Advective Inputs, Megan Switzer

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Molecular and Pathological Analyses of Three New Mouse Mutations That Affect Ear Development and Function, Cong Tian

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Discourses of Developmental English Education: Reframing Policy Debates, Aaron R. Tolbert

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"They need to get over it..." The dismissal of Native American social issues, Andrew Tomer

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Splitting Together: The Evolution of Cooperation in Food Buying Clubs, Ethan Tremblay

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Development of an Active-Learning Lesson that Targets Student Understanding of Population Growth in Ecology, Elizabeth Trenckmann

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Hygrothermal Properties of Cross Laminated Timber Panels, Jaya Tripathi

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Effects of Geese and Caribou on Nutrient and Carbon Cycling in Southwest Greenland, Carl Tugend

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A Study in Cross-Beam Polarization Fluorescence Photoactivation Localization Microscopy on Dendra2-Hemagluttinin in Fixed NIH3T3 Cells, Matthew M. Valles

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Investigating Student Learning of Analog Electronics, Kevin L. Van De Bogart

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Spray-Dried Cellulose Nanofibril-Reinforced Polypropylene Composites for Extrusion-Based Additive Manufacturing, Lu Wang

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Effects of Dam Removal on Assemblage Composition and the Interactions of Fishes in the Penobscot River, Maine, Jonathan Watson

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Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Effects of Antibacterial Agent Triclosan on Cellular Signal Transduction and Mitochondrial Function, Lisa Weatherly

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Sea Lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) as a Functional Link between Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, Daniel M. Weaver

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Party Development and Political Conflict in Maine 1820-1860 From Statehood to the Civil War, Lee D. Webb