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.


Baez, Naomi
Willamette University 's History from Nature's Perspective: An Environmental History of East Campus

Byers, Anna
Effects of Human Activity on Mid-tide Macroinvertebrates Along Oregon's Coast

Donovan, Kathryn
Sustainability and Rainwater Catchment Systems: An Assessment of the Fariview Redevelopment Project

Eum, Katherine
Helping Willamette University Turn Green: An Analysis of Green Roof Technology Applications for the Kaneko Residential Commons Project

Fargo, Will
Groundwater Planning and Management in the South Salem Hills

Foster, Emily
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

Haney, Michael
Ecological Consciousness and Politics: A Case Study of Two-Timber Dependent Communities in Oregon over the Course of the Northwest Forest Plan Debate

Kenyon, Nathan
An Evaluation of Streambank Stabilization Techniques and Post-Project Monitoring

King, Ingrid
Shock and Awe: An Investigation Into the Language of Environmentalism

Lam, Eric
Demystifying Recycling

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

Martin, Amber
Creating Structures That Sustain: Examining Environmental Considerations For New Campus Buildings

Mejia, Jesse
The Rise and Fall of the LCDC: Examining Attitudes Toward Land Use Planning in the Wake of Measure 37

McGie, Darrell
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

Shea, Jon
Climbing Rock: A History of Technology, Ethics and the Land

Welch, Chris
Efforts and Progress Towards Environmentally Friendly Ski Areas in the Pacific Northwest