Completed Master’s Theses and Projects

Master’s Theses and Terminal Projects

The ENVS Graduate Program has seen many talented master’s students pass through our doors. The following is a list of the final theses and projects they completed to earn their degrees. Many of these are available in the ENVS Resource Library for browsing (office use only). Theses are also available for check-out from the Knight Library.

Reverse Chronological Listing of Master’s Theses and Projects (Publication date):

Abbors, Alison (2013)  Empowering Adult Learners Through Garden Education:  Remaking Oregon Food Bank’s “Seed to Supper” Program

Barger, Miles (2013)  Preserving Absence:  An Exploration of Trail-less Wilderness

Conley, Keats (2013)  Settlement Preferences of the Sea Nettle Chrysaora Fuscescens, and the Socioeconomic Impacts of Jellyfish on Fishermen in the Northern California Current

Linde, Alayna (2013)  Technology Encounters Tradition:  Evaluating the Water Pasteurization Indicator in China

Novick, Adam (2013)  Risk to Maintenance-dependent Species from Orthodoxy in Species-based Land Use Regulation

Sky, Kelly (2013)  Vanastree:  A Collaborative Film Project on a Women’s Seed-saving Cooperative in India;  Cooperatives and Social Change:  Taking a  Closer Look

Toth, Megan (2013)  Vanastree:  A Collaborative Film Project on a Women’s Seed-saving Cooperative in India;  Seeds and Agriculture in India

Williams, Marissa (2013)  Consumer Willingness to Pay for Transitional Organic Produce


Bonady, Devon (2012)  Ethnobotany Education in the Pacific Northwest:  An Educator’s Guide

Dockstader, Sue (2012)  Engendering the Metabolic Rift: A Feminist Political Ecology of Agrofuels

Krell Rivera, Ignacio (2012)  Unpacking Ethno-tourism: Development with Identity, Tourism, and Mapuche Struggles in South-central Chile

Maher, Dana (2012)  Enhancing Group Process and Spatial Knowledge with Mobile Software Tools

Northrop, Kory (2012)  Facilitating Transportation Dialogue Using Data Visualization (Report available online)

Roddy, Chris (2012)  Harvest of Pride: A Visual Narrative of Huerto de a Familia

Saif, Raisa (2012)  Extreme Weather Events and Rural-Urban Migration

Vable, Adhiraj (2012) A Financing Strategy for the Development of Financially Sustainable Social Enterprises

Veltri, Brandi (2012)  Aspects of Successful Sustainable Development Programs with an Emphasis on Latin America: A Comparative Case Study


Evers, Cody (2011)  Impacts of Rural Residential Development on Drinking Water Quality: A Landscape Analysis in the Lower McKenzie Watershed

Horan, Kevin (2011)  Evaluating the Energy Returns of Investment-based Incentive Programs: The Case of Oregon’s Business Energy Tax Credits

Peacher, Amanda (2011)  The Place of the Turtle: Can Ecotourism and Sea Turtles Co-exist on the Mayan Riviera?

Ridgeway, Julia (2011)  Epstein Barr Virus and Market Integration in the Indigenous Shuar of Ecuadorian Amazonia

Zeller-Powell, Christine (2011)  Defining Biomass as a Source of Renewable Energy: The Lifecycle Carbon Emissions of Biomass energy and a Survey and Analysis of Biomass Definitions in States’ Renewable Portfolio Standards, Federal Law, and Proposed Legislation


Belanger, Kevin (2010)  An Analysis of Walking and Biking Behavior in Suburban Multifamily Housing: A Case Study in Eugene, OR

Mason, Thomas (2010)  Narratives and Reality for Tree Planting in Southern Malawi

Stratton, John (Chris) (2010)  2010 University of Oregon Campus Sustainability Assessment (Report available online)

Truce, William (2010)  Earth, Atmosphere, Ammonia-oxidation: The Effects of Multifactorial Global Change Treatments on Ammonia-oxidizing Bacterial Community Biodiversity and Functioning in a Mediterranean Grassland Ecology


Briggs, Rebecca (2009)  Oregon’s Agricultural Lands Preservation Policy:  An Analysis of Effectiveness in the Willamette Valley

Chen, Chu (2009)  Stakeholder Involvement and Public Outreach Strategies Identified from Watershed Councils in Oregon

Hoshaw, Robert (2009)  The Contribution of Nature Writing to Ecological Awareness at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest

Jakimetz, Jill (2009)  An Atlas of Fuzzy Landscapes

Lee, Yeun-Wen (Wen) (2009)  KNOW YOUR STUFF! What’s in a Cup of Coffee? (Video available online)


Fischetti, Diana (2008)  Building Resistance from Home:  EcoVillage at Ithaca as a Model of Sustainable Building

Menard, Nicole (2008)  Evolution and Evaluation of a Non-governmental Organization in Southeastern Madagascar:  A Case Study of Azafady

Murphy, Meghan (2008)  Edaphic Controls Over Succession in Former Oak Savanna, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Peterson, Matthew (2008)  Protecting Homes from Wildfire:  Reducing Structural Ignitability and Using Regulation in Community Wildfire Protection Plans

Tyman, Shannon (2008)  Gunpowder Park:  A Case Study of Post-Industrial Reinhabitation

Vynne, Stacy (2008)  An Assessment of Rancher Perspectives on the Livestock Compensation Program for the Mexican Gray Wolf in the Southwestern United States


Barry, Coeylen (2007) A Business Plan for Sustainable Futures: Guiding Schools Toward a Brighter Tomorrow

Doeffinger, Bari (2007) The Galapagos Islands: Stories of Human Adaptation

Jones, Christopher (2007) A Case Study of a Flood Plain Channel Restoration Project in the Southern Willamette Valley of Oregon

Schreiner, Jason (2007) The Roots of Life: Marx’s Concept of Social Metabolism and the Dialectics of Corporeal Praxis

Silver, Rebecca (2007) Coffee Consumers and Fair Trade Coffee: Attitudes and Actions for Social and Environmental Change


Carriere, Jason (2006) The Political Ecology of Sewage Sludge: The Collision of Science, Politics, and Human Values

Garmon, Jennifer (2006) Restoring Oak Savanna to Oregon’s Willamette Valley: Using Alternative Futures to Guide Restoration Decisions

Kim, Beobjeong (2006) A Study on Emissions Trading System in Seoul, Korea: As Viewed from Experiences in the U.S.

Mazze, Sarah (2006) Beyond Wilderness: Outdoor Education and the Transfer of Environmental Ethics

Moore, Kathryn (2006) Conservation Easement Stewardship: A Pilot Program for the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB)

Rudestam, Kirsten (2006) Facing Water Scarcity: A Study of Risk Perception, Identity, and Sense of Place in the Pacific Northwest


Darby, Kate (2005) Bringing Everyone into the Foodshed: Improving Low-Income Community Members’ Access to Local Food in Lane County, Oregon

Hart, Philip Solomon (2005) Global Warming and Propaganda on Cable News: A Content Analysis of the Cable News Network and the Fox News Channel

Neff, Mark (2005) Assessing Future Threats to the Jackson, WY/National Elk Refuge Social-Ecological System: A Scenario Planning Case Study

Sakrejda, Krzysztof (2005) Placing Genetic Resources Conservation on Social Foundations: An Analysis of History and Ideology in the National Plant Germplasm System

Wanless, Berry (2005) Interdisciplinary Analysis of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hatchery Policy Proposal


Hirtler, Adrianna Louise (2004) The “Public Nature” of Mount Hood National Forest

Hughes-Lieberman, Gretchen (2004) Caring for Creation: Investigating Faith-Based Environmentalism in Four Congregations

Hurley, Daniel M. (2004) Political Ecology of the 2001 Water Crisis in the Upper Klamath Basin: A Case Study in Narrative Policy Analysis

Larios, Mary (2004) Connecting Communities and Conservation: Bringing Key Volunteers to Friends of Buford Park

MacQueen, Chaun M. (2004) Sovereignty and Stakeholders: A Political Ecology of the Coquille Forest

Muxlow, Kimberly Lynn (2004) Is the Concept of Perpetuity in Conservation Easements Relevant? An Evaluation of Perpetual Restrictions on Privately Owned Land for Habitat Conservation with Conservation Easements

Rodgers, Joanna Laurel (2004) Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living (CASL): Building the Foundation of a Campus and Community-based Organization

Sims, Michael D. (2004) Contemporary Self-Reliance as Social Activism


Bailey, Christine G. (2003) A White Paper on Amending the Oregon Forest Practices Act to Protect Small Non-Fish-Bearing Streams in Western Oregon

Case, Kerry F. (2003) Beyond Crisis: Exploring the Potential of Instrumental Rhetoric In Environmental Communication

Clausen, Rebecca J. (2003) FishWatch: Monitoring Fish Habitat in the Copper River Watershed

Farrell, Andrew E., (2003) Oregon’s Sustainability Initiative: Regional Applications, Critique and Analysis

Fiskio, Janet Elizabeth (2003) Descending into the Flesh: Exploring Embodied Knowledge, Nonhuman Agency, and Ecocritical Theory

Fitzpatrick, Kathleen Kristin (2003) Community-Based Collaboration in National Forest Management: Innovation and Constraint in Two Oregon Stewardship Contracting Pilots

Moise, Ian Reed (2003) Sustainable Development and Economic Cultures: Does Individualism Undermine Ecology and Society?

Tuxill, Stephanie Lynn (2003) Evaluating Public-Private Collaboration for Restoring Streamflows: A Case Study of the Deschutes Resources Conservancy

Utman, Lara Juliann (2003) Embodiment: Participatory Webbing

Williams, Sean Barnacastle (2003) Wild Chiasm: A Phenomenology of Wildness

Zukoski, Lee Anne (2003) Improving Public Participation in Forest Service Projects


Altangerel, Enkhbat (2002) Sustainable Pasture Land Use Management in the Eastern Steppe of Mongolia

Barrows, Karen (2002) The Launching of the Pacific Marine Education Association

Chinitz, Amy E. (2002) Laying the Groundwork for Public Participation in Cougar Management: A Case Study of Southwestern Oregon

Deen, Alisha (2002) Conservation as an Indo-Caribbean Cultural Value: Immigration, Globalization & Multicultural Environmental Education in South Florida

Felling, Timothy (2002) Protecting the Environment and the Renewable Energy Industry in a Restructuring Electricity Industry

McClenachan, Loren (2002) Abundance and Blame: The Case of the California Sea Lion

Miller, Todd (2002) Approach, Process, and Implementation of the Sub-Watershed Enhancement Program: A Landowner-Based Project, Long Tom Watershed, Oregon

Polhemus, Julie (2002) Embodying the Land: Essays and Photographs Inspired by Dover, New York

Ramirez, Carrie Fetzner (2002) Ecologically Based Mentoring: An Aspect of Environmental Education

Toth, Nancy (2002) Developing an Effective Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Plan


Coble, Melynda (2001) Essays from the Wind River Range, Wyoming

Gahin, Randa F.(2001) Case Study Investigation of Sustainability Indicator Programs and their Impact in Communities

Guay, Michelle (2001) Wetland Enhancement and Monitoring Plan for Amazon Park, Eugene, Oregon

Hurley, Patrick T. (2001) Conserving Threatened Habitat Types in Rural Landscapes Through Land Use Planning: A Case Study in Wasco County, Oregon

Jancaitis, Jean (2001) Restoration of a Willamette Valley Wet Prairie: An Evaluation of Two Management Methods

LeGue, Chandra (2001) Bioregionally-Based Ecological Education: A Way to Bring Fire Back into Oregon

Mital, Steve (2001) People and Forests: Diverse Perspectives on Sustaining Forests in the Pacific Northwest

Thomas, Brian J. (2001) Searching for Sustainability: Chinese Ecological Agriculture in Zhejiang Province

Van Allen, Leslie Ann (2001) McKenzie Watershed Council, Oregon: Atlas of the Natural Environment

Zhe-Heimerman, Jeremy W. (2001) Education for Ecological Citizenship: Pedagogy, Eros, and Democracy

Zhe-Heimerman, Karen (2001) Breaking the Silence: Examining Rachel Carson and the Environmental Movement


Fleece, William Cody (2000) The Use of Light Detection and Ranging Data to Identify Source Areas and Model the Rate of Trees Falling into Streams

Koch, David Randell (2000) Legal Issue Guide for Natural Hazards Planning

Madsen, Jeremy (2000) Forest Activists and Place-Based Collaborations for National Forest Management in the Northwest and Northern California

Plummer, Jonathan (2000) The Waters of Edwards Aquifer, South Central Texas: Perception and Policy

Radle, Autumn (2000) East Campus Health Sciences Neighborhood Planning: UCSD Cancer Center, E. Campus Utilities Plant, and Medical Center Drive

Spezio, Teresa (2000) Mountains in Every Direction: A Place-Based History of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area

Taylor, Cynthia Halbert (2000) Evaluation of Stream Habitat Enhancement Projects in the Umatilla National Forest, Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington

White, Martha (2000) The Great Diaper Debate


Bondareff, Harry (1999) The Need and Potential for Non-wood Fiber Integration into the United States Pulp and Paper Industry

Clark, Meilani (1999) A Town Forged by Gold–Juneau, Alaska

Leininger, Sara (1999) Creating a Sense of Place Through the Arts…A Watershed Festival

McDade, Keith (1999) The New Northwest? Regional Perspectives on National Forest Management by Recreation Type, Place of Residence and Time Spent in the Pacific Northwest

Noble, Michele (1999) The Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES): Analysis of its value and impact

Peara, Andrew Thomas (1999) Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for U.S. Property/Casualty, Life, and Health Insurance Companies

Pearl, Christopher (1999) Holocene Environmental history of the Willamette Valley, Oregon: Insights from a 11,000 year record from Beaver Lake

Pinit, P. Thomas (1999) A Survey of Oregon Coastal Wetland Restoration and Case Study on Fish Monitoring

Shaffer, Laura (1999) How Successful Has Wetland Mitigation Been? An Examination of Wetland Compensatory Mitigation Success in the Coos Watershed, Oregon

Sheard, Whit (1999) Culture and Environmental Degradation: Lessons from Around the Globe and Inside the Mind

Taylor, Trevor (1999) Ecological Restoration and Conservation at Howard Buford Recreational Area, Lane County, Oregon

Terrell, Daniel A. (1999) Environmental Assessments at Closing Military Bases: Does the Environmental Baseline Survey Meet DOD Needs?

Whitman, Christina (1999) Landscape Biodiversity Modeling as a Tool for Applying Ecological Theory to Use Planning in the Little Applegate Watershed

Wilson, David (1999) Green Growth? The Evidence for Environmental Kuznets Curves


Bosman, Corrie (1998) An Analysis of the Clean Water Act’s “Outstanding National Resource Water” AntiDegradation Policy

Brewer, Cam (1998) Certified Ecoforestry in British Columbia: Creating a Small-Scale System

Connelly, Stephen (1998) Curriculum for Teaching International GIS Issues: ENVS 411

Dugan, Marianne (1998) Citizen Participation in Wetlands Planning

French, Patricia A (1998) Wetland Ecology Curriculum Development and Instruction

Fuglister, Jill (1998) Creating a Community Foodshed: An Assessment of Portland’s local food system

Hockman-Wert, David Patrick (1998) The Role of Religion in Motivating Sustainability: The Case of the Old Order Amish in Kishcoquillas Valley, PA

Leiserowitz, Tony (1998) The Natures of Nature: an ecocritical analysis of the metaphors we use to understand the more-than-human world

Taylor, Ethan (1998) Women and the Maquiladora Industry Along the United States/Mexico Border: Environmental Injustice at Work

Zuniga, Roy, Saenz (1998) Ecotourism in Costa Rica: A System Dynamics Approach to the Case of its National Parks


Booker, Matthew (1997) Confluence: Ecology and Culture at the Forks of the Willamette River, Oregon.

Lascurain, Aranzazu (1997) Using Native Plants for Community Action: The Native Plant Salvage Project, Mohawk Watershed.

Martin, Derek (1997) Freshwater Environments: Watersheds, Mountain Streams, Fisheries

Miller, Kimberly (1997) Terminal Project

Mitchell, Christine Margit (1997) Headhunters, Harvesters, and Homelands: The Political Ecology of Development Impacts in Indonesian Borneo

Williams, Holly Knight (1997) Active and Inert: Secret Ingredients in Pesticides


Achakulwisut, Atiya (1996) Changing Course: A Study on Water Shortage in Thailand and Interbasin Water Transfer From the Salween Basin

Brooks, Cheryl (1996) When a forester falls: a nonfiction story

Candek, Melissa (1996) The University of Oregon Green Guide: Your Resource for Campus Environmental Organizations

Drain, Karen (1996) An Introduction to In Situ Bioremediaiton of Petroleum Hydrocarbons In Aerobic Subsurface Environments

Franke, Joseph (1996) The Present and Potential Role of Nature Tourism in Biodiversity Conservation in Cuba

Jackson, Scott Alan (1996) Reproductive Aspects of Lomatium Bradshawii and Erigeron Decumbens of the Willamette Valley, Oregon

Mansfield, Becky (1996) Growth in the Oregon Groundfish Fishery: Challenging the Tragedy of the Commons Model of Human Use of Natural Resources.

Piper, Karen (1996) Refilling the Lake: The Owens Valley Option

Seralles, Roberto (1996) An Assessment of the Potential for Renewable Energy Production in Puerto Rico

Warncke, Julie (1996) National Park Service Concessions Reform Legislation: Issues and Implications


Blackman, Peter (1995) Higher Ground

Blinnikov, Mikhail (1995) Comparative Analysis of TNC and the Russian Conservation Movement: Conservation Training Team (CTT) Project

Henry, Elizabeth (1995) Recommendations for Ecologically-sound Livestock Grazing Management Compatible with the Recovery of Aquatic Ecology Systems in the Intermountain West

Girardeau, Laura E. (1995) Why We Need the Wind: An Ecological Encyclopedia

Noblitt, Cindy (1995) Kenaf’s Potential as a New Crop for tobacco Farmers and as a Forest-Saving Resource for the Pulp and Paper Industry in the Southeast

Roos, Kathleen (1995) The Impacts of Tourism on the Environment: A Case Study of Guam

Stark, James Louis (1995) Changes in Riparian Vegetation and Channel Morphology Within and Between Sub-Basins With Different Land-Use Histories in the Mosby Creek Basin, Oregon


Brattain, Eric Laird (1994) For Passion

Edwards, Shelby (1994) Implementation strategies for the White Salmon Watershed Management Plan

Fodor, Eben V. (1994) Building a Sustainable Community in Eugene

Gertz, Emily (1994) Fragments

Klauke, Amy (1994) Levels of Change: Moving Toward Ecological Health through Education, Stewardship and Creative Expression

Nelson, Toni (1994) Economic Development in Ecuador’s Amazon Region: the Need for and Indigenous-Oriented Approach

Roos, Roger (1994) Environmental Health – Lecture Series

Rudin, Vanessa (1994) Kosrae State Shoreline and Reef Management Strategy

Tucker, Randall Jeffrey (1994) State Sovereignty, Environmental Protection, and the North American Free Trade Agreement


Albino, Diane (1993) Terminal Project

Bjarnason, Stefan Jay (1993) An Analysis of the Integrated Environmental Plan for the Mexican-US Border Area

Borden-Jackson, Angela (1993) Stewardship: A Proposal for Boat-based Environmental Education Programs on the Columbia-Williamette Rivers

Dinne, John J. (1993) An Evaluation of the Delta Showcase Projectís Public Parcipation Process: An Experiment in Natural Resource Planning

Fischer, Andy (1993) Terminal Project

Joost, Kathryn (1993) Terminal Project on Maps, Borders, and Boundaries

Saillard, Dominique M. (1993) The Environmental Dimensions of Transfrontier and Interregional Cooperation in Europe

Schut, Michael W. (1993) Toward Sustainable Communities: A Curriculum to Teach Sustainability, Environmental Justice, and Creation Theology Within Christian Churches

Shafer, Sarah L. (1993) The Hydrologic Response to Landuse Change in a Small Watershed in Western Oregon

Twight-Alexander, Susanne (1993) Walking Upstream

Yung, Laurie (1993) Environmental Sustainability and the International Trade Regime: A Critique of “Rich Then Green” and an Assessment of Alternative Strategies

Zucker, Ina (1993) Terminal Project


Boland, Joseph (1992) Terminal Project

Daniels, Emily Anne (1992) The Perception of GIS Technology and Its Implications for Successful GIS Implementation for Environmental and Natural Resource Applications: A Case Study of Federal and State Agencies in NW Oregon

Holmes, Gregory A. (1992) Community-Based Labor Environmentalist Coalitions: Striving for Economic and Ecological Stability

McDowell, Elizabeth J. (1992) Power and Environmentalism in Recent Writings by Barbara Kingsolver, Ursula K. LeGuin, Alice Walker, and Terry Tempest Williams

Schoustra, Monique (1992) Terminal Project


Ely, Sandra J. (1991) Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers and Pesticide Exposure in Oregon: A Comparative Analysis

Everts, Todd Mitchel (1991) Canadian/American Groundwater Issues – The Forgotten Resource

Ferester, Philip Michael (1991) Comparing Federal and State Environmental Planning Laws: What NEPA Lacks in Substantive Law Exists in Its Progeny

Fish, Gary Travis (1991) A Resource Plannerís Environmental Handbook for Landfill Gas-to-Electricity Generation Projects: A Study of the Emerald Peopleís Utility Districtís Short Mountain Landfill Methane-to-Electricity Generation Project

Kelley, Claudia E. (1991) The Effects of Fire and Grazing in Vegetation and Aquatic Habitats in Semidesert Grasslands of the Southwest

Morgan, Dennis Hall (1991) Green Consumerism and Chlorine-Free Paper Products: An Alternative Strategy for Eliminating Organo-Chlorine Discharge from Pulp Mills

Stickler, James N. (1991) Managing the First Areas of Critical Environmental Concern in Western Oregon Designated Under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976


Demeritt, Sean Benjamin (1990) Marine Plastic Pollution: Varying Impacts of Marine Wildlife in Oregon’sCoastal Zone

Livengood, David Lee (1990) The North Pacific and Regional Cooperation: An Integrated Approach to Marine Pollution and Overfishing Problems

Medler, Michael John (1990) The Foundation of the Forest Serviceís Inability to Protect Ancient Forests

Ribe, Thomas E. (1990) U.S. Forest Service Logging Programs Near Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico: A Legal Study


Halpaap, Achim Alexander (1989) Global Environmental Education at the University Level: A Model Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Education

Hassanein, Neva E. (1989) Enforcement of the Federal Pesticide Law: An Assessment of Oregon’sProgram

Paula-Santos, Jose Octavio Simoes de (1989) The South American Association for Environmental Education

Ringer, Gregory D. (1989) A Study of Land-Use Planning and Politics in Oregon in 1988: The Comprehensive Statewide Goals

Sullivan, William (1989) Energy Planning

Watkins, Robert K. (1989) West Eugene Wetlands: An Experimental Mitigation Bank Model

Wechner, David (1989) Proposed Alternatives for the Reduction of Automobile Traffic Impacts to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area


Campbell, Maureen A. (1988) Land Use and Basin Characteristics Influencing Water Temperature and Suspended Sediment in the Mohawk River Basin, Oregon

Harnden, Kathryn (1988) Desert Wilderness: An Evaluation of the BLMís Wilderness Selection Process in SE Oregon

Kozak, David John (1988) Maintaining Large Forest Landholdings in Northern New England: Problems, Perspectives, and Policies in a Changing Environment

Lanahan, Samuel Jackson (1988) Meeting the Resource Conservation and Recovery Actís Liability Requirements

Sugarman, Lisa (1988) Women and the Natural Environment Class


Mele, Suellen M. (1986) Hazardous Materials: Evolving Perceptions and Policy