Senior Paper

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.


Henry, Peter
Creating Local Markets for Grains: Are Producer Cooperatives a Viable Strategy?

Mitchelotti, Erika
Berry Bad: A Thorny Journey Examining Alternative Removal Practices to Prevent the Regrowth of Rubus armeniacus, Blackberry

Hodgen, Peggyjoy
Take it From the Top: Green Roofs as a Best Management Practice

Adelsheim, Julia
Citizen Science: Marine Animal Tracking Using Peer-to-Peer Photo Sharing

Fischer, Sara
Planting Seeds, Growing a Movement: Gauging Motivations and Perceptions of Community Gardeners in Salem, Oregon

Copes-Gerbitz, Kelsey
Using Ecological and Historical Data to Reconstruct Land Use Change at Zena Forest, Oregon between 1850 and 1935

Greenfield, Leigh Ann
Hayden Island: An Environmental Justice Case Study in Portland, Oregon

Rigsby, Katie
One Fish Two Fish, Public Fish Private Fish: Analyzing Federal and State Forest Policy Regarding Riparian Reserve Requirement Effectiveness in the Oregon Coast Range

Esser, Gabrielle
Salem as a Sustainable and Functional City: Well-Being and Resource Self-Sufficiency in Neighborhood Activity Nodes

Hoecker, Tyler
An Inventory and Analysis of Coarse Woody Debris and Forest History at Zena Forest, Oregon

Hanschen, Katie
Oh the Places You'll Go... In Your Electric Vehicle

Solano, Nicholas
Paleogeographic Reconstruction of the Salem-Keizer, Oregon Region Through Sediment Analysis of Borehole Loggings

Grauel, Katie
Food Deserts and Migrant Farmworkers: Assessing Food Access in the Willamette Valley, Oregon