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.


Giombolini, Katlyn
From Turf to Table: (re) Transitioning from Grass Seed to Grain Production in the Willamette Valley

Lowell, Krystal
Expanded Photovoltaic Feasibility at Willamette University

Westphal, Luke
A Pilot Project for Stream Enhancement of a Reach of Shelton Ditch

Sunken, Stacey
Assessment of Spring Valley Creek Headwaters as Habitat for Local Sensitive and Threatened Aquatic Species

Ninneman, Alexandra
Fish Passage and Habitat Restoration: A Study of Fish Passage Barriers Along Spring Valley Creek

Dunne, Jonnie
Effectiveness of Winter Cover Crop Treatments in Suppressing Weeds

Gonzalez, Ciara
Anthropogenic Disturbances to Mill Creek, Salem, OR

Bennett, Jeffrey
Water Quality Issues and Flood Mitigation: Multiple Use Design for Urban and Environmental Health Planning within the Battle Creek Water-shed

Lugg, Mary
Avian Biodiversity: Comparing Avian Abundance and Diversity According to Stand type at Willamette University's Zena Forest

Wentworth, Andrew
Heavy metal accumulation in bioswale soils in Salem, Oregon

Schlegel, Sheridan
Pesticide Use Among Oregon Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers: An Examination of Health, Risk Perception and Agency

Pryce, Sarah Whitney
Pilot Study using X-Ray Florescence

Johnson, Luke
Examination of Select Riparian Zones at Zena Forest, Oregon

DiNovi, Sara
Environmental Education at Zena Forest: A Place Based Approach to Ecological Restoration

Turner, Nichole
Storytellers and Science

Stonebraker II, Peter
Rainwater Harvesting and Sustainability at Zena Forest

Wright, Albert
An Economic and Biogeographical History of Heirloom Apple Trees at Zena Farm

Barta, Kirsten
Species Risk Assessment for the Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaoto)

Henry, Jason
Examining the Role of Colluvial Processes and Slope Movement in the Distribution of Archaeological Material

Sullivan, Marleta
Restoring Native Species Composition of Upland Pairire Ecosystems of the Willamette Valley