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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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

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Operational Limits of Blade Coating with High Aspect Ratio Pigments, Lisa Weeks

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Grassroots Diplomacy and Vernacular Law: The Discourse of Food Sovereignty in Maine, John Welton

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Basic Vision Research with Clinical Applications and Science Education Assessments, Andrew Wilson

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Large Payload HIAD Systems: Development of Computationally Efficient Modeling Strategies and Structural Investigations, Andrew C. Young

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Exploring the Ways In Which Highly Efficacious Intermediate Teachers Employ Best Practices in Reading Instruction for Struggling Readers, Terrence P. Young

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Characterization of Paper Dusting, Gregory K. Yum

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Theoretical and Experimental Evaluation of Heading Instability of Moored Ships in Waves and Winds, Razieh Zangeneh

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Biological, Behavioral and Preventative Management of the Invasive Insect Pest, Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii Matsumura), in Maine Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium Aiton), Gabe Alnajjar

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Modeling and Forecasting the Influence of Current and Future Climate on Eastern North American Spruce-Fir (Picea-Abies) Forests, Caitlin Andrews

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Sources of Ecologically Important Trait Variation in Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis and Gambusia holbrooki), Heather Ann Arnett

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A Comparison of Global Climate Reanalysis and Climate of South Greenland and the North Atlantic, Jeff Auger

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Impact of Wind Generation on Dynamic Voltage Characteristics of Power Systems, Luis Badesa

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Pélagie-la-Charrette, une Épopée, Sarah C. Barnard

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Changes in Fish Communities and Chimpanzee Ecology in the Bumbuna Hydroelectric Project Area Following Dam Impoundment, Abdulai Barrie

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Calcium Components in Drosophila melanogaster Cardiac Pacemaking, Vernon E. Beasley

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Characterization of the Murine Lung Transcriptome During Pre- and Post-natal Development in Three Inbred Strains of Laboratory Mice, Kyle Jaymes Beauchemin

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Disconnect and Try Again: A Collection of Short Fictions, Christine Becker

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Temporal Variability in Key Life History Traits of Atlantic Herring (Culpea harengus) in the Gulf of Maine, James R. Becker

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Understanding the Impact of Commercial Harvest on White Suckers (Catostomus commersonii) in Maine, Megan A. Begley

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L'Irlande de Georges Dor, Jacques Ferron et Louis Gauthier, Stacy A. Black

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An Evaluation of the Long-term Knowledge and Behavior Change of Participants in UMaine Extension's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, Rebecca L. Bonnett

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An Analysis of Farm Profitability, Exit Decision, and Price Supports in the Maine Dairy Industry, Dylan D. Bouchard

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Investigating the Effect of Particulate Hexavalent Chromium on Homologous Recombination Repair, Cynthia L. Browning

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Eating for Environmental and Personal Health: Green Eating, Health Behavior and Environmental Perceptions at the University of Maine, Moira E. Burke

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Splicing of Concrete-Filled Fiber Reinforced Polymer Tubes for Structural Applications, Jason K. Burns

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Antigua's Demonstration Community-Based Marine Reserve, Ruleo A. Camacho

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The Effects of Regional Temperature Cycles on Larval American Lobsters, Homarus Americanus, Meghan E. Capps

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Redefining Transitional Justice in the North American Context? The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Evan P. Centala

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Analysis of Safety on Bridge Road Segments Compared to Normal Road Segments, Ryan D. Chabot

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Sediment Accumulations Patterns in the Damariscotta River Estuary, Emily A. Chandler

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Assessing Off-Farm Employment and Income in Rural China, Jing Chen

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The Greatest Good: Black Reformers and the Early Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh, 1915-1945, Adam L. Cilli

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Wireless Leak Detection Using Airborne Ultrasonics with Technology Demonstration on the International Space Station, Casey M. Clark

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Financial and Social Implications of Community Solar in New England, Stephanie Coffey

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Microstructural Analysis of Thermoelastic Response, Nonlinear Creep, and Pervasive Cracking in Heterogeneous Materials, Alden C. Cook

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A Multi-Channel 3D-Printed Bioreactor for Evaluation of Growth and Production in the Microalga Dunaliella sp, Cristian A. Cox

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Nonabsolute Extensions of the Lebesgue Integral on the Real Line, Danielle E. David

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The Role of Electronic Communication Processes Across the College Transition: Relations to the Maintenance and Formation of Friendships, Psychological Well-Being, and College Adjustment, Patricia E. Dieter

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Algebraic Refinements of Direction Relations through Topological Augmentation, Matthew Paul Dube

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Roles of Siphon Flows in Suspension Feeding, Kevin Du Clos

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Improving the Performance of Ice Sheet Modeling Through Embedded Simulation, Christopher G. Dufour

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Spruce Grouse Habitat Ecology in Maine's Commercially Managed Acadian Forest, Stephen W. Dunham

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Wabanaki Access to Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata) within Coastal Maine's Diminishing Open Land Tradition, Amanda Marie Ellis

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An Investigation of Linking Number, Twist, and Writhe, in Knots, Links, Ribbons, and Möbius Ribbons, Jennifer M. L. Fatula

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Highly Seasonal Reproduction in Desmophyllum dianthus from the Northern Patagonian Fjords, Keri Feehan

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Predicting Relationship Satisfaction in Same- and Cross-Sex Friendships, Hannah Ford

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Engaging through Valuation: Investigating Citizen Attitudes Impacting Program Support and Exploring Ecosystem Service Values in Stakeholder Engagement, Emma L. Fox

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An Assessment of Growout Strategies for the Green Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) in the Gulf of Maine, Pamelia E. Fraungruber

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Synthesis, Structure, and Thermal Stability of Electrically Conductive Co-Evaporated Pt(1-x)Si(x) Thin Films, Robert T. Fryer PhD

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A competitive assessment of commercial elderberry (Sambucus sp.) products and the evaluation of copigmentation within elderberry tinctures, Joseph A. Galetti PhD

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A Qualitative Study of Rural School Returners' Journeys to Secondary Credential Completion, Brenda Elaine Swan Gammon

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Abatement of Streptococcus equi in Equine Compost, Alexandria Garcia

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Improvements to Data Assimilations Strategies in Forestry, Trevor Gionet Jr

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Comparative Experimental, Finite Element and Dimensional Explorations of the Inflation Deflation and Leakage of a Thin Membrane Space Structure, Radek Glaser

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Anticipating Aliens: Applying Social Science to Understand Stakeholder Perceptions of Emerald Ash Borer, Janet Elizabeth Gorman

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Late Holocene Climate and Environmental Reconstruction Derived from the Asian Ice Core Array (AICA), Bjorn Grigholm

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The Habitat Ecology of Pool-Breeding Amphibians During All Annual Life History Periods in the Mountains of the Dawn, Luke Alexander Groff

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Development of Modeling Frameworks for Assessing Impacts of Habitat and Stock Structure on Fish Population Dynamics, Lisha Guan

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Disturbance Frequency and Successional State Alter Community Structure and Vulnerability, Jessica M. Haghkerdar

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Hybrid Modeling of Floating Wind Turbines, Matthew Hall

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Humans and the Falkland Islands Warrah: Investigating the origins of an extinct endemic canid, Catherine "Kit" M. Hamley

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Improvement of Soil Spring Model for the Analysis of Buried Arch Structures, Leo N. Helderman

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"Is That Right?"; Evidence of Problem Solving Thought Within a One-On-One Intervention, Debra Hogate

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We Think We Are Not: Embodied Knowledge and Queer Practice, Sarah Hollows

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"Things Work Out For Me," A Memoir-Writing and Art Practice, Jennifer Hooper

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Dynamic Host-Pathogen Interactions Result in Fungal Epitope Unmasking, Alex Hopke

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Exploring the Liminal Space: Dual Enrollment at Maine's Community Colleges, Amy Lynn Hubbard

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Exploring the Threats of Dams and Ocean Conditions: In-River Movements and Ocean Growth of Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) from Maine's Rivers, Lisa K. Izzo

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Shortnose Sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) Spawning Potential in the Penobscot River, Maine: Considering Dam Removals and Emerging Threats, Catherine Johnston

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Thinking Beyond an Evidence-Based Model to Enhance Wabanaki Health: Story, Resilience and Change, Mary E. Jude

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CXCL8-L2 Is Necessary for a Sufficient Innate Immune Response to Influenza A Virus Infections in the Zebrafish, Denise R. Jurczyszak

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Safety, Recreation, and Visitation: An economic analysis of decision-making on coastal beaches, Abigail Kaminski

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Streamflow Allocation Policy in a Changing Climate in New England Region: A Study of Hydrologic, Ecological, and Chemical Variability and Change, Md. Rakibul Hassan Khan

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Comparative Functional Genomic Analysis of Appendage and Heart Regeneration, Benjamin L. King

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Inconsistent Conceptions of Acceleration Contributing to Formative Assessment Limitations, Gregory D. Kranich

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Embedding of hypercube graphs on orientable surfaces, Prateek Kunwar

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Anxiety Sensitivity and Decision Making: Positive and Negative Risk Taking in Laboratory and Naturalistic Settings, Amanda Kutz