Culminating Experience: Thesis

We are proud to provide access to the theses of successful graduate students at Humboldt State University. Our students have conducted studies and reviews covering a wide range of topics from plant fossils to contemporary literature, unmanned aircraft systems to peer tutoring techniques.

A thesis is the written product of a systematic study of a significant problem. It identifies the problem, states major assumptions, explains the significance of the undertaking, sets forth sources for and methods of gathering information, analyzes the data, and offers a conclusion or recommendation. The finished product evidences originality, critical and independent thinking, appropriate organization and format, and thorough documentation.

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Theses from 2017

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"A feminist interpretation of women's work with Koloa in the Tongan community", Mele'ana K. 'Akolo

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Psychological consequences of genetic testing, Jack Allen

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Abundance, growth, and predation by non-native brown trout in the Trinity River, CA, Justin S. Alvarez

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The effects of bicycling exercise on the metabolic cost of walking in older adults, Daniel Hugo Aslan

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First-generation college students experiencing the "sophomore slump:" the need for continued support, Sarah J. Bacio

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Multiple maltreatment and adverse childhood experiences: exploring cumulative threats to attachment quality, James E. Barnett

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Habitat use and movement patterns of two redwood forest salamanders, Aneides vagrans and Ensatina eschscholtzii, with an examination of the efficacy of pit tags for marking small plethodontids, Christian Brown

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Comparison of tree growth and restoration treatment persistence in riparian and upland California Montane Forests, Scott D. Burdette

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Cannabis use frequency and mood on creativity, Caitlin Clark

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“My lesbian space rock show”: representations of intersectional identities in Steven Universe, Heather L. Clark

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Global movements in the capitalist world system: occupy Wall Street and the World Social Forum, Loren M. Collins

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An estimation of potential salmonid habitat capacity in the upper mainstem Eel River, California, Emily J. Cooper

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Movement, Habitat, and Home Range of Introduced Bullfrogs (Lithobates Catesbeianus) on Mad River Gravel Ponds (Humboldt Co., CA, USA), With Implications for Hydro-Modification as a Method of Management, Madeline C. Cooper

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A "dying breed"? exploring logger identity after the decline in the timber industry in Hayfork, CA, Sheri L. Harrison

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Are caffeine’s effects on neuronal calcium levels due to the caffeine metabolite, paraxanthine?, Kendra Jean Hartsuyker

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Transformation in three American orchestras: an analysis of labor, agency, and change, Jacqueline Heinzen

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Physical health and physical self-concept: a comparison of physical activity electives at the middle school level, Lisa J. Jennings

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Finding nondestructive parameters for root-to-shoot ratios in douglas-fir, grand fir, and redwood saplings in Northwest California for biomass and carbon storage estimates, Walter A. Kast

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The benefits of arts education in second language acquisition and in pedagogy, Christina Marie Lastra

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The effects of a concussion on dynamic stability and cognitive performance during single and dual task tandem gait, Erin Lodwick

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The bee fauna of the Horse Mountain and Grouse Mountain Region, Humboldt County, California, Carrie Lopez

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Truth or dare: anonymous-- a self-proclaimed cyber anarchist movement, Yancy Mejia

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Modeling the spread of sudden oak death across a heterogeneous landscape in Redwood National Park using a spatially-explicit epidemiological model, Laura A. Morgan

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“I exist to resist”: navigating the gender non-conforming identity at Humboldt State University, Lizbeth E. Olmedo

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Multicultural literature: changes in perceptions and attitudes in fourth graders, Luis A. Pelayo Zepeda

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Examining veiled muslim women's experiences in educational institutions in France and the United States and decolonizing the curriculum to reflect their stories, Katherine Ruprecht

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Technical and economic potential of microgrids in California, Pramod Singh

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Seasonal comparison of environmental DNA and traditional sampling techniques for detecting coastal tailed frogs (ascaphus truei) in Northern California, Lauren Smith

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The health, fitness, and anthropometric characteristics of firefighters on the North Coast of California, Gil Spitz

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Listening to the Mattole: lessons in bioregionalism, cannabis, and capitalism from a Northern California community, Nicola R. Walters

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Measuring chocolate craving in adults, Haley M. Whitham

Theses from 2016

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Genetic structure and connectivity of the endangered Giant Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ingens) in a heterogeneous environment, Nathan Alexander

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Early seral mixed-conifer forest structure and composition following a wildfire reburn in the Sierra Nevada, Erin Alvey

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Seasonal habitat selection of the North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) in a coastal dune forest, Cara L. Appel

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Molt in individuals: A description of prealternate molt phenology in a population of Snowy Plovers in Humboldt County, California, Alexa DeJoannis

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Fine-scale change detection using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to inform reproductive biology in nesting Waterbirds, Sharon Dulava

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Soil organic matter distribution in a Douglas-Fir-Tanoak Forest, Humboldt County, California, Hollie A. Ernest

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Juvenile survival and adult return as a function of freshwater rearing life history for Coho Salmon in the Klamath River Basin, Molly Gorman

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The effect of rest interval duration on the volume completed during a high intensity bench press exercise, Dennis J. Hernandez

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Baseline monitoring and characterization of rocky intertidal fish communities in Northern California, Kevin D. Hinterman

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Ninety-two years of tree growth and death in a second-growth coast Redwood Forest, Benjamin Iberle

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An experimental test of response by Common Ravens to nest exclosures, Teresa R. King

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Simulation of nuclear fusion using a one dimensional particle in cell method, Steven T. Margell

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Evaluating Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) reproductive success: Effects of parental care behaviors and estimating individual chick survival, Shannon Murphy

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The effectiveness of physical activity interventions on young individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A meta-analysis, Adam Nacario

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Differences in physical activity participation, screen time, and body mass index for children with learning disabilities and typically developing children, Andrew Q. Pawlick

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Juvenile remains: predicting body mass and stature in modern american populations, Erin F E Pinkston

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Performance and morphology in Sequoiadendron genotypes outside of their range, Christopher M. Valness

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Evaluation of parameter estimation and field application of transgenerational genetic mark-recapture, Ryan W. Whitmore

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Peer tutoring in physical education: A review of evidence-based practices, Kanica Yiep