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.


Strandberg, Lukas
Evaluating Willamette University's impact on the Mill Race: A preliminary investigation

Diehl, Dorothy
Reducing the Environmental Impact of Small Acreage Equine Properties: A Case Study and Management Model in Aumsville, 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

Weiss, Leanne
A Functional Trait Assessment of Benthic Macroinvertebrates at Brownsville Dam

Lowes, Jody
Overcoming Barriers to Environmental Education: A Case Study of Oregon Public Elementary Schools

Mac, Tatiana
Qualitative and Quantitative Valuation of the Trees on the Willamette University Campus Using Aerial Photography and Geographic Information Systems

Myer, Andy
Ancient Terroir: Understanding the Human Interaction with a Changing Landscape

Nelsen, Kirsten M.
Marine Reserves: Economic and Social Implications of Proposed Implementation on the Oregon Coast

Kertay, Kyle
Human Population Discussion Dynamics, the Environment and the Issue Attention Cycle 1991-2006

Klein, Geoff
Connecting Cities: A Multivariable Study of a Salem to Independence Bike Path

Fowler, Stephen R.
Willamette University's Ecological Footprint: Calculation and Analysis of the Commuting Sector

Ryan, Rebecca
Land Use and Sedimentation in the Redwood Creek Watershed

Newell, Christy
An Environmental History of Fairview Mitigated Wetlands History of Land Use and Land Use Ownership Policies

Matthews, Jacob
The Ecological and Economic Benefits of Tree Canopy Cover on the Willamette University Campus

Pilarowski, Connor
Coastal Erosion: The Case of Tillamook Counties Bayocean Spit: The Continuing Development and Alteration of the Landscape Due to Human Interactions