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.


Anderson, Emily
Environmental Implications of Food Waste: Analysis of Waste Associated with Snack Served During Tiger Club at Bush Elementary School, Salem, Oregon

Bower, Anna
Restoration of Lupinus albicaulis at Zena Forest

Brown, Emily
Water Quality as an Indicator of Environmental Injustice in Salem, Oregon

Clarke, Anne
The Social Construction of Nature and its Projections onto Media Portrayals of Ants: A Study of Audience, Media Type and Social Context

Colburn, Philip John
Potential Wetlands at Zena Forest: A Soil Characterization Study

Conley, Travis
Feasibility of Applying a Residential Wind Turbine Array to a Community-Level Grid

Crecelius, Elena
Examining the Potential for Bicycle-Sharing in Salem, Oregon

Faciszewski, Kara
Oak Savanna Restoration at Zena Forest: Correlating Soil Properties with Native and Non-Native Vegetation

Griggs, Marilea
Farm to School in the Salem-Keizer School District

Gustin, Andrew
Retrofit or Demolish: The Rising Debate in Green Design

Jackson, Aaron
Baseline Survey of Herptofauna Biodiversity at Zena Farm and Forest, Oregon

Katz, Sarah
Claggett Creek Watershed Council: Successful Recruitment, Retention, and Management of the Oregon Watershed Council

Keough, Austin
Oak Savanna Restoration at Zena Forest: Correlating Soil Properties with Native and Non-Native Vegetation

Lange, Zachary
Roughskin Newts in the Willamette Valley: Land-Use Effects on Distribution and Habitat Permeability

Osborne, Ariel
Sustaining Ecosystem Enhancement Efforts in an Urban Landscape: A Case Study of Shelton Ditch, Salem, Oregon

Tobey, Elizabeth
Too Much of a Good Thing: Agricultural Runoff and Nutrient Pollution in Salem's Streams

Westermann, Kaileigh
Gray to Green: The Color of Stormwater in Salem, Oregon

Woolaway, Elizabeth
Ness of Brodgar: Structural Analysis of Structure 10 Hearth