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 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.


Adler, Constance
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

Burns, Sarah
Monitoring the SELC Native Plant Restoration and Landscaping Project

Duyck, Sean
Non-tropical Forrests in South America: How Theory and Politics Effect Forest Preservation

Farr, David
Evaluating the Measure 37 Process: An Analytical Policy Approach

Fischer, Rebecca
A Look at Climate Change and its Effects on Snow Water Equivalent and Streamflow in the Yellowstone River Basin, Montana

Frost, Lisa
Contemporary Management of Non-Timber Forest Products on Native American Reservations in Oregon

Gregoire, Michelle
Curbside Recycling Systems: A Case Study of Recycling in Chelan, Washington

Hancock, Jeffery
The Economics of Sustainable Organic Farming in Oregon

McCreary, David
Viewing Education Through A Green Lens: Integrating Art and Experience in Environmental Education

Mollet, Ashley
A Comparative Study of Energy and Natural Resource Consumption of Various Baby Products

Scheelar, Megan
Oregon Coast Erosion: Environment and Economics Using Rephotography

Schruth, Cari
An Investigation into the Role of Slope Stability on Archaeological Site Distribution and Preservation: Middle Sangro Valley, Abruzzo, Italy

Smith, Ashley
Changing Tornado Frequency and Intensity in the United States Based on Total Power Index Analysis

Squires, Audrey
Habitat Segregation of Cutthroat Trout Phenotypes in the Upper Snake River, Yellowstone National Park

St. Peter, Joseph
El NiƱo Southern Oscillation and Aquifers in the Pacific Northwest

Swinford, Skylar
Building Codes for Energy Conservation: Costs and Benefits of Requiring Sustainable Insulation in New Residential Building Construction in Oregon

Wieser, Ingrid
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

Woody, Kari
Salvage Logging within Oregon's Biscuity Fire:
A Model for Site Selection Based on Ecological, Political, and Economic Evaluation

Youngs, Robert
Stretching the Santa River: The Political Ecology of Climate Uncertainties in Northern Peru