During the senior year each Environmental and Earth Sciences major completes a thesis. An original piece of research, the thesis is an interdisciplinary study of nature and human impact on nature demonstrating a familiarity with relevant literature and methods of analysis both within and across disciplines. A list of completed theses by year is below. You may either scroll down or click on the year to view a thesis. Electronic versions are available on the Academic Commons website.
Greening the Curriculum: A Case Study of 10 Universities
Bottle or Tap: Is Bottled Water a Necessity On Willamette University's Campus?
Colburn, Philip John
Potential Wetlands at Zena Forest: A Soil Characterization Study
Examining the Potential for Bicycle-Sharing in Salem, Oregon
Farm to School in the Salem-Keizer School District
Retrofit or Demolish: The Rising Debate in Green Design
Gray to Green: The Color of Stormwater in Salem, Oregon
Ness of Brodgar: Structural Analysis of Structure 10 Hearth
Take it From the Top: Green Roofs as a Best Management Practice
Greenfield, Leigh Ann
Hayden Island: An Environmental Justice Case Study in Portland, Oregon
Oh the Places You'll Go... In Your Electric Vehicle
Expanded Photovoltaic Feasibility at Willamette University
Anthropogenic Disturbances to Mill Creek, Salem, OR
Heavy metal accumulation in bioswale soils in Salem, Oregon
Pryce, Sarah Whitney
Pilot Study using X-Ray Florescence
Storytellers and Science
Stonebraker II, Peter
Rainwater Harvesting and Sustainability at Zena Forest
Developing a Need Index for Salem's Bus System
Unequal Exposure: Responses to Environmental (In) Justice in Salem, Oregon
Lindsay-McGinn, Forrest F.
A Sustainable Planning Model for Salem, Oregon
Larsen, Johännah B.
Potential for Bicycle Commuting Among Willamette University Employees
San Blise, Ashley
Lake Oswego, Oregon: A Case Study of the Urban Coyote
Micro-Hydro and the Mill Race: A Feasibility Study
Andrus, Robert A.
How Tree Rings Reflect Wood Quality: Evidence From Industrial and Sustainably-Mangaged Stands
Monitoring the SELC Native Plant Restoration and Landscaping Project
Non-tropical Forrests in South America: How Theory and Politics Effect Forest Preservation
Evaluating the Measure 37 Process: An Analytical Policy Approach
A Look at Climate Change and its Effects on Snow Water Equivalent and Streamflow in the Yellowstone River Basin, Montana
Contemporary Management of Non-Timber Forest Products on Native American Reservations in Oregon
Curbside Recycling Systems: A Case Study of Recycling in Chelan, Washington
The Economics of Sustainable Organic Farming in Oregon
Viewing Education Through A Green Lens: Integrating Art and Experience in Environmental Education
A Comparative Study of Energy and Natural Resource Consumption of Various Baby Products
Oregon Coast Erosion: Environment and Economics Using Rephotography
An Investigation into the Role of Slope Stability on Archaeological Site Distribution and Preservation: Middle Sangro Valley, Abruzzo, Italy
Changing Tornado Frequency and Intensity in the United States Based on Total Power Index Analysis
Habitat Segregation of Cutthroat Trout Phenotypes in the Upper Snake River, Yellowstone National Park
St. Peter, Joseph
El Niño Southern Oscillation and Aquifers in the Pacific Northwest
Building Codes for Energy Conservation: Costs and Benefits of Requiring Sustainable Insulation in New Residential Building Construction in Oregon
The Development of a Paleoenvironmental Starch Grain Database for the Mediterranean Uplands: A Case Study of Soil Core Starch Analysis at Lago Nero, Monte Pallano, Abruzzo, Italy
Salvage Logging within Oregon's Biscuity Fire: A Model for Site Selection Based on Ecological, Political, and Economic Evaluation
Stretching the Santa River: The Political Ecology of Climate Uncertainties in Northern Peru
A Study of Fisheries and Waterfowl on the Pacific Coast of Mexico
Burstein, Mara Elana
Mill Creek Watershed Council: The Formation
Chiono, Anton A.
The Effects of Spatial Snag Distribution on Nest Site Selection of Cavity-Nesting Bird Species in Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) Forests of the Eastern Cascades
Garrelts, Brennan T.
The Grass Valley Creek Watershed Management Plan Trinity County, California
Environmental, Economic, and Social Sustainability: A case study of two Salem, Oregon businesses.
Soil Properties and Sustainable Landscapes at Kaneko Commons
Is Dilution the Solution to Pollution? Toxic Mixing Zones in the Willamette Valley
Spit or Tombolo: What's in a name? The physical development and classification of Spencer's Spit, Lopez Island, Washington
Willamette University 's History from Nature's Perspective: An Environmental History of East Campus
Effects of Human Activity on Mid-tide Macroinvertebrates Along Oregon's Coast
Sustainability and Rainwater Catchment Systems: An Assessment of the Fariview Redevelopment Project
Helping Willamette University Turn Green: An Analysis of Green Roof Technology Applications for the Kaneko Residential Commons Project
Groundwater Planning and Management in the South Salem Hills
Is it Hot in Here or is it Just Me? The Effect of Urbanization on Local Climate
Garner, Anna C.
Wind-driven Upwelling and Hypoxia along the Coast of Oregon
Ecological Consciousness and Politics: A Case Study of Two-Timber Dependent Communities in Oregon over the Course of the Northwest Forest Plan Debate
An Evaluation of Streambank Stabilization Techniques and Post-Project Monitoring
Shock and Awe: An Investigation Into the Language of Environmentalism
Lazo, Linda S.
Exploring Human Interactions with Ardea Herodias (Great Blue Heron) Populations in Oregon's Willamette Valley
Marousis, Kaitlin DeMars
The Kaneko Commons Project Heats Up: Ground Source Heat Pump Potential at Willamette University
Creating Structures That Sustain: Examining Environmental Considerations For New Campus Buildings
The Rise and Fall of the LCDC: Examining Attitudes Toward Land Use Planning in the Wake of Measure 37
Electrolysis of Wastewater for Hydrogen Production
Phelps, Nathan R.
Renewable Portfolio Standards: Trends in the United States and Implications for the State of Oregon
Rother, Monica T.
Exposure of Prison Inmates to Environmental Hazards in Oregon: An Environmental Justice Approach
Climbing Rock: A History of Technology, Ethics and the Land
Efforts and Progress Towards Environmentally Friendly Ski Areas in the Pacific Northwest
Effects and Ethics of Single Species Management: A Study of the Nature Conservancy's Management at Cascade Head
Bondaug, Jr., Keith A.
An Examination of Environmental Studies Programs in Oregon's Colleges and Universities
What is the Environmental Impact of Professional Athletics? A Study of Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington
Ignoring the Threat: Pollution, Policies, and Threats Associated with Oregon's Leaking UST & Hot Sites Closed Under Cleanup Standards Preceding Those of September 22, 2003
Nature Sells: The Falsified Image of Nature in Advertising
You Can Lead a Salemite to Water but You Can't Make Him Recycle: An Analysis of the Unrealized Potential for Public Receptacle Recycling in Salem, Oregon
Willamette Valley Pine: A Correlation of Ponderosa Pine and Soil Type Within the Willamette Valley, Oregon
Enlightenment Attitudes of Domination and Control in the Context of Socio-Biology
The Burning Question: A Study of the Air Pollution from Agricultural Burning in the Willamette Valley
An Analysis of Wetlands Regulations and Mitigation in a Local Setting: Balancing Wetlands Development, Mititgation, and Protection in Salem, Oregon
Vision of a Sustainable Willamette
Constructing Environmental Consciousness through Visual Rhetoric: An Analysis of Jack Ohman's Political Cartoons
Cansler, C. Alina
'No Surprises' and Sound Science: A Case Study of the Addition of Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) to the Plum Creek Habitat Conservation Plan
Christensen, Margaret J.
Improving Energy Efficiency and Construction Practices in the Rental Sector of Southeast Portland
Esterly, Rebecca E.
An Environmentally Responsible Decision-Making Framework for Architectural Building Materials and Design
A Study of Community-Based Education at Leslie Middle School, Salem, Oregon
Sustaining the Coastal Environment by Implementing Marine Protected Areas: The Tillamook Bay National Estuary Project
Fire History of the Lava Cast Forest, Central Oregon
Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making: Working Toward Sustainability in a Dynamic Watershed
Nitrate Contamination of Groundwater: A Case Study in Silverton, Oregon
A Forest for All Seasons: A Review of Native American Timber Harvesting Presented in Three Case Studies
An Ecological & Economic Analysis of Salvage Logging: Case Studies in The Willamette National Forest
Chung, Joseph Alan
The Tillamook Bay National Estuary Project: Are Citizens Getting Involved?
Arsenic: Is The Public Interest Being Served by Science or by Economics?
Using a Geographic Information System (GIS) to Determine Western Pond Turtle (Clemmys marmorata) Nesting Habitat at Aumsville Wetlands, Marion County, Oregon
Threatened Species Management in the Tillamook District: A GIS Analysis
George, Christopher Thomas
Threatened Salmon and the Need for a Spiritual Solution
Krawczyk, Andrew J.
The Importance of Solitude in the Wilderness Recreation Experience: Mt. Hood Wilderness Plan Case Study
The Role of Literature within the Environmental Movement: A Case Study of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
An Examination of Prescribed Burning, Fire Effects on Forest Ecosystems, & Monitoring Efforts Used to Evaluate the Effects of Prescribed Burning
What Safety Measures Protect the People who Grow Your Food? A Look at the Role of Pesticide Regulation and Reform for Agricultural Workers in Oregon
The Battle for Headwaters: An Analysis of the Headwaters Deal AB 1986
Changes in Forest Covers of a Managed Forested Area in Oregon's Coast Range
The Color of Pollution: Possible Links Between Race & Pollution in the Albina Community of North/Northeast Portland
Wild v Natural: An Analysis of the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission's Support for the Use of Supplementation in the Columbia River Salmon Recovery
The Urban Growth Boundary and the Environment: Salem, Oregon as a Case Study
Comparison of Current Sustainable Forest Practices in France and Germany with Those in the United States
Circumstances of Success: Species Reintroduction and the Gray Wolves of Yellowstone
Unnatural Declines in Rattlesnake Populations Due to Unnatural Extermination Practices
The Nature of Ecosystems: Does Systemic or Chaotic Theory Prevail?
Jenkins, Peter B.
Can User Fees Save Public Lands?
Jones, Cynthia D.
Ecological Restoration of Oak Savanna Ecosystems
Jorgensen, Jered Freyden
Applying Land-Use Based Management Strategies to Address Growth in Small Communities: A Case Study in Prescott, Arizona
Environmental Attitudes and Economic Behavior in a Consumerist Society: The Growing Contradiction in the 1990's
USDA Forest Service: A Move to Ecosystem Management in the Pacific Northwest
Norris, Forest E.
Opal Creek Wilderness Area: A Catalyst for the Implementation of a Geographic Information System by the Friends of Opal Creek
Santa, Alexander J.
The Effects of Visitor Overuse on the Management and Ecology of our National Parks
Cooperative Land Management: The Stewardship Agreement Between the U.S. Forest Service and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Oregon as a Case Study
Seiffert, Kaia Q.
Municipal Solid Waste Emissions and Atmospheric Mercury: A Case Study on the Marion County Waste-to-Energy Facility
Boy Scouts and Environmental Awareness: An Analysis of Environmental Education in the Boy Scouts of America
Zoos and Conservation: An Overview of the Changing Role of Zoos as Members of the Conservation Community with a Personal Assessment of the Oregon Zoos Ability to Meet this Change
Ecological Restoration in Riparian and Floodplain Areas: A case study of Brown's Inland Restoration
The Importance of Native Plant Populations for the Preservation of an Ecosystem and Culture: A Case Study with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Preservation and Land-Use Planning: National Parks in Japan
Advantages and Disadvantages of Constructed Wetland Wasterwater Treatment Systems and How They Apply to the Salem/Keizer Area
An Innovative Approach to Remediation of Contaminated Sediments in the Portland Harbor
Canning, Peter D.
The Myth of Sustainable Growth: Population Growth, Agriculture and Environmental Degradation: the Dilemma of Sub-Saharan Africa
Dimock, Cynthia M.
Fuel Loading and Fire Management: A Case Study of the Avery Property, Western Cascades, Oregon
Duncan III, Kenneth
Vegetation Changes in the Willamette Valley Since European Settlement: Bonesteele Park as a Case Study
Environmentalism and Protestant Thought: Evaluating Worster's Edwards Hypothesis
Community Conservation in South and East Africa
Evolution of Flood Control: Watershed Management and Stream Restoration on Johnson Creek, Portland, Oregon
Hochtl III, Karl
Solutions to Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution: A Case Study on the Pudding River Drainage Basin
Cascades of Fire: the Geology and Geological Hazards of Baker, Hood, and Shasta
Newkirk, Laura Josephine
Coastal Erosion Hazards on the Oregon Coast
O'Conner, Jacqueline S.Lahars of Mount Rainer and Mount Hood
Geology and Volcanic Hazards of Newberry Volcano, Central Oregon
Rollenhagen, Kari J.
Species Diversity of Bonesteele Prairie: Assessment And Establishment of An Ongoing Project
Salisbury, Kenda Rae
Mass Media Involvement in the General Public's Knowledge of the Environment
Sendelbach, Susan M.
Smokey Bear: Worth Growling About?
Smith, Lindsay K.
Living Machines: An Ecological Solution?
Stiles, Greg H.
Rail-to-Trail Conversion of the Union Pacific Corporation's Salem-Geer Line
Environmentalism Across Borders: the Biobio River in Chile
Human Health Hazards of Water Contact Recreation in the Willamette River an approach to water quality analysis
Environmental Education in Elementary Schools: which teaching methods are the most effective?
Chung, Robin Lea
The Evolution of Recycling to a Market Based System: does the market system work?
Del Aguila, Aimee
The Upper San Pedro Basin, Arizona: a review of its hydrology and its possibility of border issues
Ecotourism: advantages and disadvantages of ecotourism: a case study of indigenous ecotourism in Rio Balnco, Ecuador
Dittman, Laura Rebecca
Human-induced Sedimentation in Estuaries: Siletz Bay, Oregon
Environmental Impacts of Ski Resort Expansion in Oregon
Scrap Tires: an example for the future?
Environmental Analysis of the Proposal to Remove Dams from the Lower Snake River
Planning to Preserve: the Columbia River Gorge national scenic area as a regional planning model
Federal Energy Regulation Commission's Dam Re-Licensing Process: a case study on Edwards Dam
Isle, Justin W.
If Darwin Could See Them Now: ecological and ethical consequences of introduced species in the Galapagos Islands
A Roseburg Forest Products Log Pond: case study and possible bioremediation solutions
Energy Efficiency: building for a sustainable future
Green Building and the Sustainable Building Movement
Nature Tourism and Sustainable Management in Mt. Hood National Forest
What is a Wellhead Protection Program and Why is it Important that Oregon Have One?
Logging Practices and their Relationship to Mass Wasting
Schmidt, Carey Beaumont Christian
The Reintroduction of the Wolf: ecosystem health and attitudes towards predators
The Impact of Alien Vertebrates on Endemic Bird Populations in Hawai'i: the ecological and political problems of a case study of the Palila and 'Alala
Detroit Dam: a case study of the economic and environmental consequences of dam building in the Willamette Valley
The Air you Breathe: formaldehyde and benzene in the indoor environment
Industrial Hemp: environmental and economic benefits of a renewable resource
A Conflict Analysis of the Windy Canyon Timber Sale