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.


Pantley, Angela
Developing a Need Index for Salem's Bus System

James, Anna
Beyond the Summit: The Impacts of Mountain Tourism on Culture in Nepal and Bhutan

Autrey, Eric
An Investigation to Determine a Soil, Slope, and Aspect Relationship to Vegetation in Monmouth Township, Oregon

Cattrall, Laura
The Growth of Environmental Action within Faith Communities: A Case Study in the Salem-Keizer Area, Oregon

Wolf, Lindsey
Green Building Codes: A Case Study of Western Oregon Cities

Savoca, Maria
Land Use and Vegetation Change at Zena Forest, Oregon, 1935-2005

McMurtry, Liza
Wine Will Lead the Way: A Study of Biodynamic Viticulture in Oregon's Willamette Valley

Knutson-Lombardo, Tristan
Unequal Exposure: Responses to Environmental (In) Justice in Salem, Oregon

Wright, Katelyn Bliss
An Analysis of Removal Techniques for Vinca major: Effectiveness, Environmental Impacts, Cost, and Time

Oddo, Arley
A Spatiotemporal Analysis of Forest Fragmentation in Monmouth Township, Oregon

Snell, Suzanne
Forever "Summer in the City"?: Willamette University's Surface Energy Balance Contributions To an Urban Heat Island Effect in Salem, OR

Wells, Hannah
Forest cover changes in the Willamette Valley, Oregon from 1935 to 2005

Westmeyer, Laura
From Seed to Vine: Effects of Increased Viticulture Production in the Willamette Valley and Mendoza, Argentina