Recent Senior Thesis Titles

A comprehensive list of  all Environmental Studies senior theses is available by contacting the ES Program.

Theses for the Classes of 2010-2014

Name (2014) Thesis Title
Zachary Abbott Microbial Isolates on Waiting Room Toys in Two Maine Pediatric Clinics
Lucy L. Brennan Why Haiti?: A case study of human processes in a “natural” disaster
Jordan J. Buetow The Use of Benthic Macroinvertebrates in a Baseline Characterization of the Input Streams of Lake Auburn
Bridgette K. Chandhoke A Chemical Method for Testing Total Phosphorus
Jedd D. Countey Detroit’s Development of a Rebellion: Understanding the 12th Street Rebellion in a Spatial Framework
Caroline S. Daniels In the Interest of Coexisting: Evaluating Industrial Agriculture Using Paul Taylor’s Theory of Environmental Ethics
Hadley P. Dawson The Disproportionate Effects of Environmental Toxins on Women: A Study of Love Canal and Breast Cancer Exposure in Relation to Environmental Justice and Ecofeminism
Sarah J. Dik Urbanization, Racism and the Environment: Identifying the Effect of Racism-Driven Uneven Development on Environmental Injustice in Cape Town, South Africa
Catherine E. Dioli A Sustainability Assessment of Bioenergy as a Potential Primary Energy Source for Maine and Bates College
Rakey Drammeh An Evaluation of the Ecological Effects of Wind-Powered Facilities on Bat Fatalities in the United States
Sara M. El Assaad Monitoring Sedimentation Patterns and Inlet Migration at Popham, Seawall and Small Point Beaches, Phippsburg, Maine
Laura M. Entwisle Family Planning and Democratization: The Employment and Impact of Foreign Intervention in Kenya
Sonja R. Favaloro The Power to Envision Change: Art as Environmental Activism
Tyler H. Grees A Wooden Alternative: Examining the Environmental Impact of the Production of Surfboards
Alex J. Hamilton Assessing the Landscape: In Search of a Coherent Value Theory for Environmental Ethics
Daniel Edward Huston Abstracting Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe’s White Rose and River Paintings
Sarah E. Jacobson The role of the Local in Offshore Renewable Energy Development in the United States: A Case Study of the proposed Cape Wind project in Massachusetts
Rohan K. Jaffrey Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Service Losses Associated With Mangrove Conversion Due to Shrimp Aquaculture
Gretchen F. Kaija Edward Abbey’s Indirect Affect on National Park Service Ideology: Abbey’s Literature as “Media” in Parallel with National Park Service “Media”
Megan L. Kearns Water Quality and Phosphorus Budget of Lake Auburn in Auburn, Maine
Bo Ra Kim I Protest!: A Look into Causes of Protest Responses in Contingent Valuation Surveys
Adelaide S. Makwaia Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Water Supply and Sanitation: A Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment in the Context of Africa and Tanzania
Benjamin J. McCormack Shifting Identities: Analyzing the Effect of Non-Coercive Power on Karen Identity
Hannah B. Mitchell Information as a Tool for Invasive Plant Management: Targeting Phases of Invasion
Matthew R. Mosca Transplanting Culture Back into Agriculture
Kristian B. Muldoon The Strategies of Environmental Non Governmental Organizations to Better the Environment in Face of the Laws Restricting NGOs
Kathryn Mulholland Ecopoetry: Evolution and Practice
Derek W. Murphy Education from the Ground Up: Benefits of School Garden Strategies
Anne Ngo Climate Refugees: Evaluating and Re-purposing the Term in the Face of Modern Day Vulnerabilities
Wallis H. Pierce Finding a Balance for Man and Nature: A Study of Prespa National Park in Northern Greece
Anne K. Rockwell Heritage Tourism and Local Identity in Greenville, Maine
Carole J. Rosenberg Right to Know GMO: MOFGA’s Campaign in Support of LD718 and its Potential for Replication Beyond Maine
Eric Ruta Managing Risk in Modernity: An analysis of modern technological risks and risk management techniques
Anabel R. Schmelz Maine summertime blooms: Variability in populations of Gloeotrichia in three Maine lakes
Sarah M. B. Silverberg Human exploitation may not be the cause for the declining size of Patella vulgata (Common limpet): A comparison between the Late Norse and the modern populations of Patella vulgata at Sandwick Bay, Unst, Shetland Islands, UK
Name       (2013) Thesis Title
Alison D. Bennet A Critical Pedagogy of Place: Reconnecting Youth to Community and Nature through Public Schools
Eve D. Boyce Turtles, People and “Paper Parks” How the Disconnect Between Conservationists and Local People is Hurting Turtles
Kyle Butler Life’s Perceptual Arc: Healthy Human Development in the Life and Writing of Aldous Huxley
Naomi J. Crimm Macroinvertebrate variability in Lake Sunapee tributaries in relation to abiotic metrics and land cover assessed at three spatial scales
Carrie S. Dillaway Integrating Environmental Education into China’s Compulsory Moral Curriculum
James R. Epstein Transparency in Maine Lakes: Response of Secchi Depth to Precipitation
Zoe N. Fahy “Unnatural” Beasts: A Horizontal History of Cephalopods
Ellen L. Gawarkiewicz An Ecological Survey of the David Rancourt River Preserve and A Plan for Community Engagement
Geoffrey C. Groner Economic Analysis of FERC Hydroelectric Licenses: examining license duration, value, and surrendering of licenses between 1990 and 2010
Grady F. Hogan Why Divestment? A Theoretical Analysis of the Emergence of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement
Hannah B. Kitchel Narratives of Place in Planning Documents: A Study of Lewiston’s Riverfront Island Master Plan
Christopher M. Lane Disengagement from the Local: An Examination of the Applications of Stakeholder Theory in the Wadden Sea Transboundary Conservation Area
Emmelyn L. Leung Thoreauvian Environmentalism: Utilizing Henry David Thoreau in Campaigns for the Proposed Maine Woods National Park
Deana T. Lorenzo Framing Maine’s Fight Against Milfoil: A Study of Collective Action Discourses in Invasive Species Management
Stephanie R. LaRosa Growth Variability and Mineralogy of M. margaritifera from Karpelva, Norway
Anna C. McCabe Campus Sustainable Food Movements: Bates College Case Study and Application
Taryn A. O’Connell Place, Class, and Culture: A Case Study of Pollution Debates in Lewiston, Maine, 1953-1955
Eliza Perry The Fallacy of Pristine Nature: Implications of Environmental Dualism for the Serengeti Highway Debate
Katrina T. Orlov An Environmental Assessment of Energy Biomass for Bates College and Environmental Implementation Recommendations
Patrick R. Siebenlist Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Stakeholder Engagement Analysis
Camille K. Smith Implications of the Rising Sea Level on the Coast of North Carolina:  An Analysis of the Political and Rhetorical Responses
Leticia Solis Investigating Environmental Racism Among California Migrant Farmworkers Through A Comparative Analysis of Pesticide Action Network and Farmworker Justice
John P. Sowle Abundance of the syanobacterium Gloeotrichia echinulata in relation to land use history in Lake Auburn and Panther Pond, ME
Catherine E. Sparks Film Representations of Climate Change: Shaping the Political Consciousness through Environmental Disaster Narratives via The Day After Tomorrow
Julie J. Thomsen An Investigation of the Occurrence and Potential Public Health Implications of Cyanobacterial Toxins in Mane Lakes
Caroline M. Ulwick The Need for Environmental Writing and Scientific Communication: An Analysis of Sources, Language and Bias in the Collected Works of Sandra Steingraber
Abby Verney-Fink Interactive and Embodied Environmental Education: Connecting Nature and Culture through Place-Based Education at Auburn Land Lab in Auburn, ME
Caroline Watson The Effects of Storms on Stream water Chemistry and the Seasonal Patterns of Ions in Tributaries of Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire
Victoria M. Zapack The Potential for Conflict Between Offshore Wind Development and the Lobster Fishery in the Gulf of Maine
Name (2012) Thesis Title
Casey R. Anderson The Potential for Violent Conflict over Water Scarcity in Kenya
Benjamin Chebot Annual Timing of Growth Line Deposition and Comparative Growth Analysis of Modern and Archaic, Mya arenaria, from the Penobscot Bay Region, Maine
Corey James Creedon World Bank-NGO Entanglements in Ecuador’s Intag Region: Engagements that Favor a World Bank Hegemony or NGO Agency?
David Joel Cutler Not In My Backyard: The Controversy Surrounding the Proposed Maine Woods National Park
Georgia Rae Doucette The Atrophy of Contemporary Children: Nature Deficit Disorder and the Impacts of Insufficient Exposure to Nature During Childhood
Rebecca Dugan Neighborhood Stores as Food Access Points: Lewiston Consumer Preferences and Challenges
Brigid Dunn Reducing Residential Water Consumption in the Urban Southwest: An Analysis of Local Efforts in Four Southwestern Cities
Joshua Fancy Physical and Chemical Predictors of Emergence of Planted Atlantic Salmon, Salmo Salar, Embryos on the Upper Sandy River Watershed, Western Maine
Thomas Garrett Flynn III Panacea or Poison? Investigating Mutagenicity of Aqueous Extracts of Ibex paraguariensis A. St.-Hil. (Aquifoliaceae), yerba mate Tea, Using the Ames Test
Christina E. Gee Going Green: An Investigation of the Life Cycle and Environmental and Social Impacts of E-Books vs. Paper Books
Robert Bradley Gee Toward an Industrial Heritage Tourism Corridor in The Androscoggin River Valley
Gwynneth McBride Johnson The Identification of Immune Cells in Liver Lesions of Mice Developmentally Exposed to Low Doses of Arsenic
Lauren Levanovich Effects of Full Formulation Herbicide, Glyphosate, and Surfactant on Growth and Reproduction of Chytrid Fungus, Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis (Bd)
Jennifer Ann Lindelof Bedrock and Groundwater Interaction: Tracing the Potential for Cation Contamination in Groundwater, Small Point, Maine
Robert Little Conserving Maine’s Forests Through Valuation and Small Land Trusts
Leigh Michael Factories, Homesteads and Temples in the Forest: Examining the Human Relationship to the Wilderness in the Pacific Northwest
Shauna Mulvihill Show Me the Money: Drivers of Container Recycling
Matthew Craig Pope Constructing Community: Exploring the Effect of Resource Development on Community Formation
Maggie Reilly Willingness to Pay for Fair Trade Coffee
Gohar Shahinyan Risk Perceptions of a Nuclear Power Plant in “An All-Encompassing Risk Society”
Nina Slote The Solution to Multiple Crises?: Determining the No Child Left Inside Act’s Compatibility with Social Justice
Courtney Larsen Talcott Can Political Opportunity Structure Explain Indigenous Mobilization: A Comparative Study of Cultural Capital in the Indigenous Populations of Brazil and Russia
Lindsay Thompson An Economic Valuation of Alewives on the Androscoggin River Watershed Using Internet and Mail Surveys
Karen Ullman Direct Producer-to-Consumer Marketing: A Feasibility Study for Increasing Local Food Access to Limited Income Communities in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine
Name (2011) Thesis Title
Adam H. Agins Climate Change, Technology Transfer, and Intellectual Property Rights:  Possible policy approaches
Haley Campbell Brewing Up Sustainability: Examining the Maine Brewing Industry in the Context of Sustainability
Teresa Cooper Investing Public-Private Partnership in Maine Land Conservation:  Taking Steps toward a More Comprehensive Understanding of PPPs
Meghan E. Fahey ENGOs Bridge the Epistemological Gap to Promote Pro-Environmental Behavior: ProNativas and Native Plant Gardens
August M. Felix Weather and Economics in Civil Conflict: Africa, Asia and the Middle East
Ben Latham So Far So Good: Price Volatility and Market Behavior in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Molly A. Mylius At the Intersection of Environment and Development: A Discourse Analysis of the Oil Sands Debate
Judson S. Peck Behind the Storm: Root Causes of Food Insecurity in Nepal
Emily Clarke Russell The Arctic Grail: Tracing the Changing Perceptions of the Environment through Images of the Iconic Northwest Passage
Nicholas J. Silverson Interannual variation in the growth patterns of the circumolar green sea urchin (Stronglyocentrotus droebachinenisis) in a high-Arctic fjord on Svalbard as a proxy for climatic variability
Sara Sol Protecting Urban Biodiversity: The impacts on the abundance and distribution of the torogoz (Eumomota superciliosa apiaster) and talapo (Momotus momota lessonii) in the municipality of San Salvador in the city of San Salvador, El Salvador
Rebecca K. Waldo Lichens and Environmental Education: A framework for using lichens as sioindicators of air quality and educational tools for Middle School Students in Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, Lewiston, Maine
Miles Walker The Adverse Effects of Renewable Sources on Wildlife in Maine: A study ofhow the increased development of wind, biomass, and hydro energy resources will impact wildlife in Maine
Name (2010) Thesis Title
Anna Frances Chase Green Advertising: Reaching a new demographic, a case study in promoting local food in downtown Lewiston
Maayan Cohen Smart or not? Exploring technological solutions to the climate change crisis: Vermont case study of smart grid technology and compatible plug-in electric vehicles
Theresa Michelle Dokus A study of empowerment through nutrition and garden education and through cultural exchange and cultural learning at Hilltop Community Gardens in Lewiston, ME
Danica Doroski Regional and environmental influences on understory vegetation in the New England forest
Alyeska Fiorillo Terrestrial vegetation change and its relationship to the historic and current abundance of Gloeotrichia echinulata in Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire
Emily Grady Generating a counter-hegemonic food movement: Exploring the role of participatory processes in a Lewiston, ME community food project
Alexander Hernandez Comprehensive stream survey and investigation of summer survival of stocked brook trout, Salvelinis fontinalis, Stetson Brook, Lewiston, Maine
Qiuhong Hunsicker Associated invasion mechanisms utilized by the invasive Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) to invade North American forests
Kyle Hutton Civil society under authoritarian regimes: Environmental NGOs in China
Elyce Victoria Judice Stable isotope analysis of Fundulus heteroclitus and the effectiveness of ditch plug restoration at the Sprague River Salt Marsh, Phippsburg, ME
Russell Taylor Millholland Whose woods are these? Evolving environmental governance in Thoreau’s “Wildest Country”
Hannah Roebuck Methylmercury production and accumulation in relation to water chemistry, landscape, and biotic characteristics of the Lake Sunapee Watershed, New Hampshire
Nicholas C. Sampson Valuing the Penobscot River Restoration Project: The design of a benefit transfer using recreation fishing values
Eleanor Torrey An exploration of the association between the growth of the Malian gold mining industry and HIV prevalence
Challen Willemsen The effect of non-native tree species on the distribution and diversity of epiphytic orchids in Guatemala City