Examples of Student Work

*Note:   All Theses are available online through CEDAR via Western Library.

Recent Thesis Titles - Environmental Science

Alec Barber, Sediment and Vegetation Monitoring during a Levee Removal Project on the Stillaguamish River Delta at Port Susan Bay

Emily Derenne, Dietary Characteristics of Juvenile Trout and Char in Seasonally Inundated Stream Segments in Ross Lake, Washington

Susan Horton, Influence of Watershed and Soil Parameters on Water Quality in Fifty Western Washington Lakes

Andrew Cortese, Mycorrhizal Availability in the basin of Lake Mills and Influence on Colonization and Drought Tolerance of Scouler’s Willow (Salix scouleriana)

Annie Walser, A study of pore-water sulfide and eelgrass (Zostera japonica and Zostera marina) in Padilla Bay, Washington

Kathryn Heard, Systematic Analysis of Terrestrial Carbon Stocks in the Y4 Watershed

Hanna Winter, Temperature and Moisture Effects on Respiration in Organic Soils from a Pacific Northwest Forest

Annie Johns, Calculating risk change with management actions using Bayesian networks for the South River, Virginia, USA

Carlie Herring, Evaluating Non-Indigenous Species Management In A Bayesian Networks Derived Framework, Padilla Bay, WA

Jonnel Deacon, Determining biologically available phosphorus in storm water entering Lake Whatcom, WA using the dual culture diffusion apparatus

George Burgess, Effects of Heavy Metals on Benthic Macroinvertibrates in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru

Megan Harris, Integrated Human Health and Ecological Risk for the South River, Virginia: A Bayesian Approach

Melissa Ciesielski, Effects of hypoxia and sulfide intrusion on eelgrass (Zostera marina)

Andres Quesada, Effect of symbiotic state on the fatty acid composition of Anthopleura elegantissima

Shannon Buckham, Ocean Acidification Affects Larval Swimming in Ostrea Lurida but not Crassostrea Gigas

Ezra Citron, Plant nutrition in a primary successional environment: An assessment of black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) in the dewatered Lake Aldwell reservoir on Washington State’s Elwha River

Katy Pfannenstein, Water Quality and Algal Diversity of Ten Lakes Along the Mountain Loop Highway

Deanna Leigh, The effect of American kestrels on deterrence of bird damage to Pacific Northwest sweet cherries

Scarlett Graham, Predicting Risk to estuary Water Quality and Patterns of Benthic Environmental DNA in Queensland, Australia using Bayesian Networks

Katrina Poppe, An ecogeomorphic model to assess the response of Padilla Bay's eelgrass habitat to sea level rise

Alexandra Simpson, Effects of Zostera marina roots and leaf detritus on the concentration and distribution of pore-water sulfide in marine sediments

Lindsey Wallis, Spatial Variability of Snow Chemistry of High Altitude Glaciers in the Peruvian Andes

Cale Miller, Seagrasses (Zostera marina) and (Zostera japonica) Display a Differential Photosynthetic Response to TCO2: Implications for Acidification Mitigation

Elizabeth Cooney, The Effect of High-Intensity Visible Light on the Bloom Niches of the Phototropic Dinoflagellates Alexandrim fundyense and Heterocapsa rotundata

Brooke Bannerman, Changes in Water Chemistry and Biological Communities Associated with Metal Mining in Streams in the North Cascades

Jason Buehler, Population Characteristics and Habitat Use by the Recently Introduced Asiatic Clam (Corbicula fluminea) in Lake Whatcom, Washington

Recent Thesis Titles - Environmental Studies

Jason Cornell, NASA’s Institutional Dilemma:   Barriers of Social Science and Humanities in Astrobiology

Stephanie Messa, The Question of Resilient and Effective Ecosystem Governance:   A Case Study of the Abbotsford-Sumas Aquifer International Task Force

Sarah Lindell, The Influence of Mobile Technology Use on Visitor Perceptions in Outdoor Recreation

Lacey Cunningham, Transparency in Mineral Extraction: The Commodity Story, the Dodd-Frank, and the Emergence of 'Conflict-Free'

Jonathan Kemp, “Investigating Effective Methods for Aggregating, Organizing, Storing, Managing, and Disseminating Community Resilience Data”

Elizabeth Evans, Globalized Garmet Systems:  Theories on the Rana Plaza Disaster and Possibly Localist Responses

Daniel Nessly, Effects of Organic VS Conventional Agricultural Management on Soil Quality in Skagit County, Washington

Jacob Lesser, Detecting Fires: A Nationally Consistent, Rule Based Approach

Stacy Clauson, Blurred Vision? Evaluating the Legacy of Puget Sound Smart Growth

Recent Thesis/Field Project Titles - Environmental Education

David Krzesni, Pedagogy for Restoration: Addressing Social and Ecological Degradation through Education

  • David's work has been recently published and it is just out in print, by Peter Lang Pub:  Pedagogy for Restoration: Addressing Social and Ecological Degradation through Education. He was a voracious and extremely conscientious student.  The book is a strong statement, with lots of good scholarship.

April Sakowski, The interconnectedness of karst and caves

Kelly Vogel, 2015-5, Chaperone Engagement as an Avenue for More Effective Youth-Oriented Environmental Education Programming 

David Droppers, 2015-8, Incorporating Experiential Education into Entry-level College Biology/Ecology Curriculum

Mary Kiesau, Creating a Community Hub for Natural History Education in the Methow Valley and Beyond

Nick Sky, Wisdom of the Ancient Forests: Stories in the Living Thread

Wendelin Dunlap, Teaching Environmental/STEM College Access Curriculum in Two Western Washington Title I Elementary Schools.

Sonya Gobert, Mothers Roots Curriculum Project

Presentations at Professional and Scientific Meetings

Ball, D.A. Monitoring the effects of Spartina alterniflora eradication on sediment dynamics in two Pacific Northwest estuaries.  Pacific Ecology Conference, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada

Ball, D.A. and J.M. Rybczyk. Establishment of a long-term monitoring program in Padilla Bay to determine the effectiveness of chemical controls in returning mudflat habitat to native conditions after Spartina alterniflora removal.  Poster presented at Puget Sound Research Conference, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Flores, E. Sunlight damage to the solitary ascidian Chelyosoma productum.  Poster presented at American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Salt Lake City, UT

Landis, W.G., E. Hart Hayes and A.J. Markiewicz. Quantitative weight of evidence approach in establishing causal linkages for the decline of the Cherry Point, WA Pacific herring.  Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemical Annual Meeting, Port Townsend, WA

Landis, W.G., E. Hart Hayes and A.J. Markiewicz. Weight of Evidence and Path Analysis Applied to the Identification of Causes of the Cherry Point Pacific herring decline.  Puget Sound Research Conference, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Maxwell, S. Determining the stability of hydrologically altered Pacific Northwest estuary given sea-level rise.  Pacific Ecology Conference, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada

Meyer, D.S. Minimizing depressurization stress in Copper Rockfish.  Pacific Ecology Conference, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada

Penaluna, B.E. Habitat use by juvenile fall Chinook in the Umpqua River estuary in Oregon.  Pacific Ecology Conference, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada

Rybczyk, J.M. and D.A. Ball. Invasive mound builders in the Pacific Northwest:  Spartina alterniflora and sediment dynamics.  Poster presented at Society of Wetland Scientists Conference, New Orleans, LA

Fullagar, J.A. and S. Maxwell. Microtox analysis and immunoassays.  Biannual Conference of Chemistry Educators, Bellingham, WA

Landis, W.G., E. Hart Hayes and A.J. Markiewicz. Overlapping spatial and temporal scales in modeling landscape risk.  SETAC North America 23rd Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT

Landis, W.G., E. Hart Hayes and A.J. Markiewicz. Overlapping spatial and temporal scales in modeling landscape risk.  Aquatic Toxicity Workshop, Whistler, B.C., Canada

Moore, N.M. Temporal patterns of ingestion on the dinoflagellate Prorocentrum micans by newly-hatched crab larvae.  Western Society of Naturalists 83rd Annual Meeting, Monterey, CA.

Perez, M.F. Ingestion by larval crabs of the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium andersoni and its effect on development.  Western Society of Naturalists 83rd Annual Meeting, Monterey, CA.  Awarded Best Student Paper in the category of Physiology and Reproduction.

Stein, J.A. Economic Valuation as a Means to Compare Forest Management Strategies in the Lake Whatcom Watershed, Association of Washington Geographers Spring meeting, Everett, WA

Ramsden, K.H. Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Tree Invasion at Ozette, Association of Washington Geographers Spring meeting, Everett, WA

Gutchewsky, M.T. A Paleoecological Analysis of Peatland Sediments Taken from the Ozette Prairies, Olympic National Park, Washington Association of Washington Geographers Spring meeting, Everett, WA

Friskopp, G.E., A.J. Bach, M.T. Gutchewsky and K.H. Ramsden. Evidence of Depodzolization in Lowland Meadows (The Ozette Prairies), Olympic National Park, Washington, USA.  Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, LA

Gutchewsky, M.T., A.J. Bach, G.E. Friskopp and K.H. Ramsden.  A Paleoecological Analysis of Peatland Sediments Taken from the Ozette Prairies, Olympic National Park, Washington.  Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, LA

Ramsden, K.H., A.J. Bach,  G.E. Friskopp, M.T. Gutchewsky and K. DuBose. An Examination of the Recent Encroachment of Trees onto Lowland Forest Meadows, Olympic National Park, WA.  Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, LA

Armes, S.R. Effects of Logging on Shoreline Sedimentation at Lake Ozette, WA. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, LA

Mookherjee, D., G.A. Hoerauf, and S.R. Freelan. Does the Growth Management Act Contain Sprawl:  A Case Study.  Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, LA

Spenner, E. and J.O. Melious. Hidden Waters: Transboundary Environmental Management Across the 49th Parallel.  Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, LA

Friskopp, G.E. Soil Development at the Ozette Prairies in the Olympic National Park, Washington.  Pacific Ecology Conference, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada

Ramsden, K.H. Recent Encroachment of Trees onto the Ozette Prairies in the Olympic National Park, Washington.  Pacific Ecology Conference, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada

Other Publications

Quesada, Andres.    First record of the sea anemome Bunodosoma califoricum (Cnidaria:  Actiniarai) on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.    Marine Biodiversity Records, page 1 of 3. # Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 2015 doi:10.1017/S1755267215000536; Vol. 8; e71; 2015 Published online

Hart Hayes, E. and W.G. Landis. Regional ecological risk assessment of a nearshore marine environment:  Cherry Point, WA.  Human and Ecological Risk Assessment.  In Press

Landis, W.G., P.B. Duncan, E. Hart Hayes, A.J. Markiewicz and J.F. Thomas. A regional assessment of the potential stressors causing the decline of the Cherry Point Pacific herring run and alternative management endpoints for the Cherry Point Research (Washington, USA).  Human and Ecological Risk Assessment.  In press

Cushman, S.A. and D.O. Wallin. Separating the effects of environmental, spatial and disturbance factors of forest community structure in the Russian Far East.  Forest Ecology and Management 168(1-3):201-215

Hart Hayes, E., A.J. Markiewicz and W.G. Landis. Ecological risk assessment of Cherry Point, WA, using the relative risk model:  Phase III Problem Formulation Report.  Technical Report 0201, Institute of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Landis, W.G., Markiewicz, A.J., J.F. Thomas and E. Hart Hayes. Regional risk assessment predictions for the decline and future management of the Cherry Point Herring Stock and region.  Proceedings of the 2001 Puget Sound Research Conference.  T. Droscher, editor.  Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team.  Olympia, WA

Richards, W.H., D.O. Wallin and N.H. Schumaker. An analysis of late-seral forest connectivity in western Oregon.  Conservation Biology 16(5):1409-1421

Sulkin, S.D., S.M. Hinz and M. Rodriguez. Effects of exposure to toxic and non-toxic dinoflagellates on oxygen consumption and locomotion in stage 1 larvae of the crabs Cancer magister and  C. oregonensis.

Wolfe, G.V., S.L. Strom, J.L. Holmes, T. Radzio and M.B. Olson.  Dimethylsulfoniopropionate cleavage by marine phytoplankton in response to mechanical, chemical, or dark stress.  Journal of Phycology.  In Press

Morgenstern, R., Anderson, R., Greenspan-Bell, R., Krupnick, A., and X. Zhang. Demonstrating emissions trading in Taiyuan, China.  Resources, 148:7-11

Miller, C.J. A comparison of wellhead protection area delineation methods for public drinking water systems in Whatcom County, WA.  Journal of Environmental Health (in press)