Senior Papers

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 relevent 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.


Allen, Zachary
Vision of a Sustainable Willamette

Burgoyne, Crystal
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

Fox, Kirstin
A Study of Community-Based Education at Leslie Middle School, Salem, Oregon

Jorve, Jennifer
Sustaining the Coastal Environment by Implementing Marine Protected Areas: The Tillamook Bay National Estuary Project

Larson, Evan
Fire History of the Lava Cast Forest, Central Oregon

McAleer, Michele
Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making: Working Toward Sustainability in a Dynamic Watershed

Steen, Scott
Nitrate Contamination of Groundwater: A Case Study in Silverton, Oregon