Senior thesis involves the culmination of one or more semesters of original research and the synthesis of this research into a substantive paper. This capstone project demonstrates students’ ability to think critically and comprehensively about their chosen research material and to distill these data into a well supported, cohesive argument. Many graduating seniors find the thesis both the most rewarding and the most challenging facet of their education here.


Christopher Sargent – Estimating the Displacement on the Norumbega Fault System Using Quartz Microstructures

Emma Wheeler – Hydroclimate Reconstruction in the Changing High Arctic Maritime Environment, Linnédalen, Svalbard

Hannah Johnson – Late Glacial to Holocene Sea Level History of Kapp Linné, Svalbard, Norwegian High Arctic

Emily Erard-Stone – The Effects of Fluorine on the Viscosity of Melts in the (Na, K) ALSiO4-SiO2 System

Forrest Hamilton – Impact of Lead Mining on Sediments in a Proximal Pond to the Mascot Mine in Gorham, New Hampshire

Samuel Kent Onion – A Historical Account of Atmospheric Lead Deposition in Basin Pond, Fayette, Maine


Michael Cooper – Exploring the Possibility of Liquid Immiscibility in the Ste. Dorothée Sill near Montréal, Québec


Hazel Cashman – The Alderbrook and Riverton Stages of Glacial Lake Israel and their Significance to the Indigenous Peoples of the Israel River Complex

John Doyle – Eelgrass Bed Carbon Storage in Casco Bay

Ashley L. Kulesza – Assessing the Amount of Carbon Stored in Maine Salt Marshes

Gabriel H. P. McGinn – Sediment trap analysis in high-arctic lake Linnévatnet indicates a recent shift in the annual hydrological regime

A. Douglas McNab – A Zooarchaeological and Paleoclimate Analysis of Gadus Morhua Otoliths Recovered from the Sandwick South Site, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom

Thorn King Merrill – Structure and Kinematics of the Jefferson Oliverian Dome in the Southern Half of the Mt. Crescent 7.5’ Quadrangle, New Hampshire

Kurt A. Niiler – Bedrock Mapping of the Southern Portion of the 7.5 Minute Mt. Crescent Quadrangle, Northern New Hampshire

Sam Rickerich – The postglacial sea level history of Ingøya, northern Norway

Hannah Rae Slattery – Urbanization: Impact on Dissolved Oxygen and Sedimentation in the Hart Brook Watershed (Lewiston, Maine)

Mary Elizabeth Szatkowski – Analysis of Thermal Properties of Permafrost, and Modeling


Madeline Stella Bruno – The effect of fluorine on melt viscosity in the NaAlSiO4 – KAlSiO4 system

Olin Rico Carty – The Effect of Fluorine on the Viscosity of Jadeite-Leucite Melts

Kelsey Chenoweth – Methane Emissions Above and Below a Ditch Plug, Sprague River Marsh, Phippsburg, ME

Erik James Divan – Salinic to Neoacadian Deformation within the Migmatite Zone of the Central Maine Belt in Western Maine

Ian W. Hillenbrand – Newly Discovered Albee Formation in the Northern Half of the Jefferson, NH 7.5’ Quadrangle: Detrital Zircons, Structure, and Tectonics

Colin Robert Kraft – Petrology of the hastingsite-riebeckite Granite of Mt. Cabot, NH

Claire Lockwood Markonic – A Mid-Late Holocene Multi-Proxy Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction of Northern Finnmark Using a Sediment Core from the Island of Ingøy, Norway

Noel L. Potter – Late-Season High-Sedimentation Events in a Sediment Trap Record from Linnévatnet, Svalbard, Norway

Yacine Sylla – Stable Isotopic Evidence for Nutrient Cycling at Two Zostera marina Meadows in Cape Cod, MA

Audrey Wheatcroft – Bedrock Geology, Stratigraphy and Geochronology in the Migmatite Terrain of the Southern Gilead 7.5’ Quadrangle, Western Maine

Gwenyth Williams – Paleoenviromental Reconstruction from the Sediment Record of the Varved Proglacial Linnévatnet, Svalbard, Norwegian High Arctic


Christopher William Bradbury – The Influence of pressure and temperature on the metal-silicate partitioning of V, Cr, and Mn: implications for the formation of the Earth’s core

Andre Brittis-Tannenbaum – Monitoring the Effects of Marine Derived Nitrogen due to an Alewife Migration at Nequasset Lake, Woolwich, Me

Jordan Leigh Cargill – Structure and Geochronology of the Jurassic Pliny Range Caldera Complex: 7.5’ Jefferson Quadrangle, Northern New Hampshire

Nicole Marie Cueli – Recent Changes To The Dynamic Sandy Beach System At The Mouth Of The Kennebec River, Mid-Coast Maine

Cailene M. Gunn – Methane emissions along a salinity gradient of a restored salt marsh in Casco Bay, Maine

Sarah G. Koe – Applications of LiDAR in the study of landscape geomorphology, Sandwich Range, White Mountain National Forest

Megan J. Lubetkin – Hydrothermal oxide and nontronite deposits at Seamount 3, Wolf-Darwin lineament, Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador

Samuel Zimet Mark – Mid-Holocene Marine Paleoclimate Reconstruction Through Schlerochronological Analysis of Arctica islandica from Finnmark, Rolvsøya, Northern Norway

Christiane P. McCabe – High Resolution XRF Sediment Analysis of Late Season Precipitation Events in a High Arctic Glaciated Watershed: Svalbard, Norway

Elizabeth Weis Patterson – Stocks and Sources of Carbon Buried in the Salt Marshes and Seagrass Beds of Patos Lagoon, Southern Brazil

Julia Margaret Savage – A Late-Holocene Marine Climate Reconstruction Using the Bivalve Arctica islandica from Northern Norway

Rebecca Anne Smith – The Effect of Na:K Ratio on Melt Viscosity within the SiO2-NaAlSiO4-KAlSiO4 System


Eleanor D. Briggs – Mobilization of Metals by Fungi in Historic Cemeteries

Timothy D. Campbell – A Paleolimnological Study Reconstructing Organic Carbon Accumulation and Climate History; Mealy Mountains, Labrador, Canada

Michelle Devoe – Deformation Post-Doming: New mapping of the Oliverian Jefferson Dome, Mt. Dartmouth 7.5′ Quadrangle, New Hampshire

Christine Elizabeth Dong – Analysis and Comparison of Physical Properties and Morphology of Impact Melt Flows on Venus and the Moon to Determine Atmospheric Controls

Sean W. Enos – Reconstruction of the Post-Glacial Formation of the Peddocks Island Salt Marsh, Hull, MA

Benjamin Gray Merkert – Paleoclimatic implication of lake sediment geochemistry in Linnévatnet, Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Graham Grear Oxman – Petrogenesis and Paleostress Analysis of the Mesozoic Mill Brook Dike Zone in the Mount Dartmouth 7.5′ Quadrangle, New Hampshire

Tess L. Walthe – Analysis of Sediment Traps in Linnévatnet, Svalbard for Reconstruction of Annual Sediment Flux and Lacustrine Processes

Sarah Mei Xiao – Bedrock Geology of the Mt. Dartmouth 7.5′ Quadrangle, New Hampshire


Saebyul C. Choe – Petrographic Analysis and Tectonic Implications of the Plutons in the Gilead 7.5 Quadrangle: Connections to the Piscataquis Volcanic Arc and Sebago Batholith

Cameron A. Held – Using LiDAR to Map the Geomorphology of the Swift River Region of the White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

Joshua T. Sturtevant – LiDAR as a Tool for Lineament Mapping and the Reevaluation of Bedrock and Glacial Geology: Examples from the Mount Moosilauke Region of the White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

Sula Q. Watermulder – Depositional Setting and Deformation History of Central-Western Maine: Silurian Stratigraphic Revisions for the Newry-Gilead Region


Chester Chiao – Assessing the impact of marine-derived nutrient on nitrogen cycling in Nequasset Lake in reponse to the 2012 migration of anadromous alewives (Alosa pseudoherangus)

Colin W. Dowey – 600 Years of Late Holocene Climate Variability Inferred from a Varved Proglacial Sediment Record Linnévatnet, Svalbard, Norway

Lauren Brett Farnsworth – A Geomorphic and Sedimentological Study of the Periglacial Processes and Environments, Vardeborgsletta, Western Spitsbergen Svalbard

Amanda LaFarge Goss – Analysis of brittle Paleogene structures in the Svea region, eastern Spitsbergen, Svalbard

David J. Harning – A geochemical investigation of Late Holocene lake sediment cores from Pyramid Lake, Fiordland, New Zealand

Conor M. Maginn – Variations in hypoxia and productivity along the Oregon Margin during the Younger Dryas and Early Holocene

Margaret Alice Pickoff – Maine’s blue carbon: estimating carbon stocks in Maine saltmarshes

Amanda Lee Wescott – Tracking Seasonal and Storm Induced Recession of the Popham-Seawall Barrier Beach Complex, Phippsburg, Maine



Colin H. Barry – A Study of the Impact of Ditch-plug Alteration on the Hydrogeology of the Sprague River Marsh, Phippsburg, Maine

Heather A. Doolittle – Determining P-T Paths of Metamorphism Based on Mineral Textures and Pseudosection Analysis in Small Point, Maine

Ian T. Dulin – New Evidence of a Post-Laurentide Local Cirque Glacier on Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Jennifer A. Lindelof – Bedrock and Groundwater Interaction: Tracing the Potential for Cation Contamination in Groundwater, Small Point, Maine

Jennifer A. Lindelof – Using Sedimentary and Geochemical Proxies for Little Ice Age Climate Climate Change Reconstructions, South Mainland Shetland

Peter Kent Miller – Kinematics of the Phippsburg Shear Zone at Hermit Island and the Wood Islands, Small Point, Maine

Haley Russell Sive – The Structure and Stratigraphy of Small Point, Maine: D3 Inverted Transtensional Map-Scale Folds of Neoacadian Provenance

Elizabeth Emily Sonshine – The Characterization of Organic Carbon from Sedimentary Cores from Zostera marina beds, Maquoit Bay, Casco Bay, Maine

Ethan O. Yackulic – Evaluation of the response and recovery of a forested watershed to human disturbances based on a multi-proxy analysis of sediments in Trout Pond, Lyme, NH


Gregory Edward Flynn – Nitrogen Isotopes in Zostera marina: a Potential Indicator of Anthropogenic Nutrient Loading in Casco Bay, Gulf of Maine

Carrie Maxene Harris – Stable Isotopic Shifts in Late Holocene Fish Bones from Multiple Archaeological Coastal Middens in Penobscot Bay, Maine

Carter A. Kindley – Paleostress Analysis of Mesozoic Extension in Fractures and Basalt Dikes, Great Gulf, NH

Ingrid Knowles – A Biogeochemical Study of Ditchplug and Natural Pools in Sprague River Marsh, Phippsburg, ME

Keegan Timothy Runnals – The Vogar Fissure Swarm, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland: Aseismic Kinematics of an Oblique Rift Zone