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 2018

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Big Data for Small Parks: Examining Regional Vegetation Patterns to Assess the Current Condition and Vulnerability of Eastern National Parks to Climate Change, Kathryn M. Miller

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Developing a Risk Assessment Protocol to Quantify Distribution and Uptake of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Glacial Outflows, Kimberley Rain Miner

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Precision Gene Therapy for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease: From Identifying Genetic Modifiers to Developing Allele-Specific Therapies, Kathryn H. Morelli Ph.D.

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Students' Perception of Their Stress Level, Body Size, and Health Environment During their First Year of College, Amber D. Murray

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Assessment of South Korea's Role as a "Middle Power Country": Case Studies of South Korean Diplomacy in Central Asia, Jiwon Nam

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Assessing the Upper Critical Limit of the Thermoneutral Zone in Laboratory Mice, Teumbo Ngunte

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Marine Protected Areas in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Defining "Success" for Conservation and Management, Emily Suzanne Nocito

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Immersed in Fire: The Use of Virtual Reality as an Attitude Assessor and Boundary Object in Wildland Fire Management, Casey Olechnowicz

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Principles and Guidelines for Advancement of Touchscreen-Based Non-visual Access to 2D Spatial Information, Hari Prasath Palani

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Health and Healthcare in Nepal: An Analysis of the Private And Public Sector, Sujita Pandey

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The Effect of Wild Blueberry Anthocyanins and Phenolic Acids on Innate Immunity: The Compliment System, Vasiliki Papakotsi

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Nitrogen Cycling During a Period of Environmental Change, Kaizad Patel

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Formate Assisted Pyrolysis of Lignin, Mayank S. Patel

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Retreat of the Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Southern Ross Embayment from Records at Amundsen and Liv Glaciers, Southern Transantarctic Mountains, Jillian Pelto

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Understanding Student Development Of Science Literacy Skills in an Undergraduate Environmental Science Course, Molly Picillo

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Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologists: A Systematic Review, Margaret M. Pierce

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Extraction and Purification of (E)-Resveratrol from the Bark of Maine's Native Spruces, Panduka S. Piyaratne

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Determining Season of Occupation at Tranquility Farm, Maine Using Oxygen Isotopes from Mya arenaria, Kate Pontbriand

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TARBP2 -Mediated Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Gene Expression During Murine Embryonic Development and Spermatogenesis, Sri Ramulu N. Pullagura

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Coating Component Migration In Paper Coatings, Emilia Purington

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Thermal and Microbial Effects on Brown Macroalgae: Heat Acclimation and the Biodiversity of the Microbiome, Charlotte TC Quigley

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Development of a Bacteriophage-based Portable Biosensor for the Detection of Shiga-toxin Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) Strains in Food and Environmental Matrices, Irwin A. Quintela

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Glacial History of the Tsagaan Gol- Potanin Glacier Valley, Altai Mountains, Mongolia, Mariah J. Radue

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Surface Reaction and Diffusion Kinetics in Semiconducting Metal Oxide Film Gas Sensors, Aravind Reghu

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Developing Animal Feed Preservatives From Paper Mill Byproducts, Diana Carolina Reyes Gomez

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Three-Dimensional Bedrock Channel Evolution with Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, Nick Richmond

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Associations Between Avian Spruce-fir Species, Harvest Treatments, Vegetation, and Edges, Brian W. Rolek

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The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Gametogenesis of the Red Tree Coral, Primnoa pacifica, Ashley Rossin

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Optimizing Fertilizer and Compost Rates in Organic Reduced Till Agriculture, Nicholas W. Rowley

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Toward a Theory of Boundariness: The Co-Construction of Agency in the First-Year Writing Classroom, Nicholas Sanders

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Characterization and Functional Rescue of Congenital Muscular Dystrophy with Megaconial Myopathy in a Mouse Model of the Disease, Ambreen A. Sayed

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Remote Sensing of Icebergs in Greenland's Fjords and Coastal Waters, Jessica Scheick

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Host Mediated Mechanisms of Fungal Cell Spread in a Transparent Zebrafish Infection Model, Allison Scherer

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Investigating Student Understanding of Vector Calculus in Upper-Division Electricity and Magnetism: Construction and Determination of Differential Element in Non-Cartesian Coordinate Systems, Benjamin Schermerhorn

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Feasibility of Hybrid Thermoplastic Composite-Concrete Load Bearing System, Camerin M. Seigars

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Climatic Range Filling of North American Trees, Benjamin Seliger

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Characterizing the Role of Fungal Shape in a Zebrafish Model of Invasive Candidiasis, Brittany Seman

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Muslim International Student and Higher Education: A Qualitative Study of Students' Experiences Against a Backdrop of Islamophobia, Donna M. Seppy

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Effects of Increasing Temperature and Acidification on the Growth and Competitive Success of Alexandrium Catenella from the Gulf of Maine, Drajad Seto

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Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Toxicant Effects on Mast Cell Signaling and Mitochondria, Juyoung Katherine Shim

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Application of Silicon Nanohair Textured p-n Junctions in a Photovoltaic Device, Michael Small

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Dr. Khalil Totah: Arab-American Quaker Educator and Palestinian Nationalist Crusader, 1914-1948, Amy Smith

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Development of Thermoplastic Composite Reinforced Ultra-High Performance Concrete Panels for Impact Resistance, Reagan M. Smith Gillis

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The Necessity of Agency:Social Practice in Late Capitalist Modes of Cultural Production, Susan L. Smith

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Fault-Adjacent Damage at the Base of the Seismogenic Zone and Seismic Anisotropy of Fold Structures, Won Joon Song

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Teacher Judgment Accuracy in the Domain of Spelling, April Spencer

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Counter Currents: Arthur Lower, Lincoln Colcord, and Ideological Isolationism in Interwar Canada and the United States, James Spruce

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Assessing the Reliability of the Benthic Mg/Ca–Temperature Proxy: a Uvigerina Core-top Study from New Zealand, Cassandre R. Stirpe

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Community Readiness: A Case Study of University Communities Engaging in Hazing Prevention, Stephanie A. Swan

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Incorporating Environmental Variability Into Assessment and Management of American Lobster (Homarus americanus), Kisei Tanaka

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PI3K/AKT Signaling Activates HSF1 to Preserve Proteostasis and Sustain Growth, Zijian Tang

PI3K/AKT Signaling Activates HSF1 to Preserve Proteostasis and Sustain Growth, Zijian Tang

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Daughters You Could Not Burn, Alex Terrell

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Eavesdropping on Gulf of Maine Cetaceans in the Vicinity of Mount Desert Rock, Christopher James Tremblay

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The Effect of Wild Blueberry Bioactives on Endothelial Cell Migration and Angiogenesis: an in vitro Mechanistic, Genomic and Proteomic Approach, Panagiotis Tsakiroglou

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Reducing Tillage In Small-Scale Permanent Bed Organic Vegetable Production Systems, Jeremiah D. Vallotton

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Stochastic Modeling of Wireless Energy Transfer with Applications in Wireless Displacement Sensing of Structures, Shaun G. Veilleux

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Black Soldier Fly Larvae as Value-Added Feed for Aquaculture in Maine, Joshua Villazana

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Biomass Based Monomers for Synthesis of Renewably Sourced Polymers, Anushka E. Vithanage

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Off-farm Labor Supply and Health Impact of Pesticide Use: An Economic Analysis, Nguyen Vuong

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Acts of Contrition: An Exploration of Catholic Guilt and Sensory Pleasure in Kinetic Sculpture, Wade Warman

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Metal Thin Film Stiffness Extraction Technique for Surface Acoustic Wave Filters, Travis R. Weismeyer

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Towards an Efficient, Scalable Stream Query Operator Framework for Representing and Analyzing Continuous Fields, John Whittier

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Three Examples of Mondoromy Groups, Alice A. Wise

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Modeling Coastal Flooding and Sand Transport in the Gulf of Maine during Severe Storms in a Changing Climate, Dongmei Xie

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Performance Test and Numerical Simulation of an Adjustable Implant for Treating Vocal Fold Paralysis, Hai Zi

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Synthesis and Characterization of Catalysts for the Conversion of Ethanol into Butadiene, Hussein Talib Abdulrazzaq

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Effect of CNF On Drying Shrinkage and Autogenous Shrinkage of Cement Paste, Mohammed Akram Ahmed

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What Types of Instructional Shifts do Students Experience? Investigating Active Learning in STEM Classes across Key Transition Points from Middle School to the University Level, Kenneth Akiha

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Flash Flood Modeling on Single and Multiple Structures and Wave Impact Mitigation Using SPH, sohaib rashid sulaiman alahmed

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American Woodcock Migration Ecology at an Important Stopover, Cape May, New Jersey, Brian B. Allen

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Creating Renewable Tunable Polymers from Hydroxymethylfurfural, Meredith C. Allen

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Finite Element Analysis of Impact Resistance of Foam Materials, Firas Almashkoor

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Effects of Cellulose Nanofibrils on the Rheological Properties of Cement Paste, ethar H. alyaseen

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Kant On The Beautiful, Justin P. Amoroso

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Constraining the Spatial Extent of Strain Localization at the Base of the Seismogenic Zone: A Case Study from the Sandhill Corner Shear Zone, Maine, USA, Erik Kristian Anderson

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The Paradigm of Engagement: Integrating Social Science and Extension Outreach to Engage Beginning Family Forest Owners, Ian Anderson

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Cell Density (Mass per unit Volume) of Diatom Cells and Chains in relation to their Size, Growth, and Nutritional Condition, Stephanie L. Ayres

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SimStream: A Framework for Teaching Environmental and Computational Thinking to Elementary and Middle School Students, Timothy Baker

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Consumer Attitudes Toward Seaweed in the Eastern United States, Chantel Banus

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Measuring Fertilization in Populations of Sea Scallop (Placopecten magellanicus): Developing and Testing Methods in the Laboratory and Field, Skylar Bayer

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Spatial Cognitive Aging: Cognitive Map Decay and Compensatory Augmentations for Older Adults, Christopher R. Bennett

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Candida and Pseudomonas Interact to Enhance Mucosal Infection in Transparent Zebrafish, Audrey C. Bergeron

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Jonno's Place: Planning Community Housing for Adults Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Nancy D. Bergerson

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Feasibility of using 3D printed molds for thermoforming thermoplastic composites, Sunil Bhandari

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Spatial Organization and Erosion at the Holmes Point West Archaeological Site, Machiasport, Maine, Kendra D. Bird

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Competing Priorities: French Canadian Women Religious in Biddeford, Maine, 1880-1910, Amanda M. Black

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Games As Art, Aaron Dean Boothroyd

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Economic and Spatial Impacts of a Wildlife Habitat Policy on Forest Management, Karin N. Bothwell

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Integrated Environment and Proximity Sensing for UAV Applications, Shawn S. Brackett

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The effectiveness of a closed-circulation gaseous chlorine dioxide or ozone treatment against shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, Salmonella species, and Listeria monocytogenes on produce, David Bridges

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A Comparison of Seed- and Seedling-Focused Ecologically Based Weed Management Strategies, Bryan Brown

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Power of Play: Creating Games for Positive Outcomes, Christopher K. Bryant

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Design of a Micro-Algae Photobioreactor for Aquaculture Food Supply, Sarah Caron

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Evaluating the Influence of Stem Form and Vigor on Product Potential, Growth, and Survival for Northern Commercial Hardwood Species, Mark Castle

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Consumer and Phytonutrient Assessment of Locally Grown Maine Plum Fruit, Zakkary J. Castonguay

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Age Structure Response of Principal Groundfish to Marine Protected Areas in New England, Julian Chawarski

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Transformation of Nonlinear Waves in the Presence of Wind, Current, and Vegetation, Haifei Chen

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A Quantification Index for Power Systems Transient Stability, Shengen Chen

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Structural Behavior of Inflatable, Reinforced, Braided, Tubular Members, Joshua Clapp