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Theses/Projects from 2024

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Countering dominant narratives in community: The many voices in spoken word poetry, Natalie Raquel Acuña

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Assessing relocation habitats and assisted migration of the Lassics lupine, an endangered California serpentine-endemic, Caitlyn M. Allchin

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A case of incipient budding speciation in the California Floristic Province, infraspecific divergence in Abronia Villosa, Eli J. Allen

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Evaluating the utility of tracers to characterize environmental DNA transport and inform detection of fishes in small streams, Gavin B. Bandy

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Using environmental DNA methods for estimating juvenile Chinook salmon abundance, Jacqueline Marie Bridegum

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Effects of habitat selection and individual quality on the reproductive success of barn owls (Tyto furcata), Jaime E. Carlino

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Post-fire persistance of Sequoia semperviens in a secondary forest: Examining drivers of basal resprouting response, Jackson T. Carrasco

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Characterizing new plant fossils with woody growth from the Battery Point Formation of Quebec (Canada), Emma T. Casselman

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The effect of interval time on time to exhaustion during high intensity interval training running in recreational male runners, Abraham Castrejon

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How influential is petro-pedagogy on federal educational guidelines?, Cherrie Amor Chavez

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Fire severity mediates marten and fisher occurrence: Impacts of the Dixie Fire on a carnivore community, Christopher James Collier

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Environmental implications of modern food production: An analysis for the conscious consumer, Jessica T. Coming

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Building detailed and accurate whole-plant concepts: A morphometrics-informed reconstruction of a zosterophyll from the lower Devonian of Wyoming, Samar R. El-Abdallah

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Longevity of prescribed fire effectiveness in mixed-evergreen forests of the Klamath Mountains, Kaily M. Fineran

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The "upside-down" river: Trends in total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and microcystin concentration in the Klamath Basin, 2010-2021, Kayla M. Fitzpatrick

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Agitprop: A deep dive into leftist affinity spaces, Brittany M. Fuher

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Comparative morphology and ultrastructure of olfactory epithelia in plethodontid salamanders: Effect of life history variation, Emily Gremling

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Incorporating equity into sea-level rise planning: Perspectives from practitioners across California, Nayré Herrera

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Experience of early educators currently enrolled in the North Coast Teacher Induction Program: A case study, Melissa Hodgson

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Pond characteristics that influence oviposition site selection by two pond-breeding amphibians, Northern red-legged frog (Rana aurora) and Northwestern salamander (Ambystoma gracile), Jessica Jones

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The effects of scour and marginal inundation on Trinity River invertebrate biomass and density with potential implications for juvenile salmonid food resources, Benjamin King

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Accelerations and EMG differences between isocaloric high-incline walking and level grade jogging, Taj Krieger

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Evolutionary origins of secondary growth - the periderm perspective: Integrating evidence from fossils and living plants, Madison A.K. Lalica

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Comparing alternative developmental modes: Structure and gene expression in the olfactory system of Plethodontid salamanders, Giuseppina S. Lanzilli

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Basal topography and carbon accumulation rate of a rare Northern California coastal fen, Sarah Leidinger

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Using habitat modeling to locate new populations of Dunn's Salamander (Plethodon dunni) near its southern geographic range limit, Mary A. Mackey

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Mouralherwaqh coastal wetland road crossing Da'luk, Pakunihanich Nicoli Martin

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Beyond the classroom: A land-based approach to outdoor education, Jacquelyn R. Matthews

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Effects of exergaming on health and fitness outcomes for students with disabilities: A meta-analysis, Jordan Mauch

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Using novel and traditional survey techniques to monitor small mammal species in northwestern California, Sydney McCluskey

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Physical and mental health benefits of an intergenerational yoga intervention on individuals and communities, Crystal Rose McKinney

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Evaluating critical speed as a predictor of performance in collegiate cross country athletes, Emmett McMahon

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Mouralherwaqh coastal wetland road crossing Da'luk, Natalie Mendez

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Exploring the realities of queer/trans, black, indigenous, and/or people of color students at Humboldt State University, Kat Hồng Nguyễn

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Characterizing the habitat use of Pacific Coast Feeding Group gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) and the spatial and temporal variability of their benthic and planktonic invertebrate prey in Northern California, Robyn E. Norman

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Adoption of holistic education practices: A survey of California K-12 educator experiences, Arianne M. Nova

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A resilient decarbonization package for the Hoopa Shopping Center, Esther Obikoya

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"They are expecting us to stay strong": How ambulance personnel navigate and manage their emotions in a rural region of Northern California, Tina M. Orton-Owens

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Is cognitive fatigue pushing peripheral group members towards extreme attitudes?, James E. Robinson

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Mouralherwaqh coastal wetland road crossing Da'luk, Romel Robinson II

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Physiological and psychological differences between 20% grade incline walking and level-grade jogging at isocaloric intensity, Motoki Sato

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Effectiveness of an inclusive, small-group adapted aquatics program on increasing VO2max in children with autism spectrum disorder, Peggy Manuelita Scarborough

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Scale and habitat effects on measurement of streptomyces biogeography and biodiversity, Terilyn A. Stoflet

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The larval preference of an invasive bryozoan (Watersipora 'new species') for copper-based antifouling paints, Alexander K. Strawhand

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Anxieties about the future: Ecocriticism and dystopian landscapes in the three stigmata of Palmer Eldritch and selected fiction by Philip K. Dick, Nickolas Michael Sykora

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Neurocinematics and empathy: How cognitive neuroscience enhances our understanding of emotional responses of film, Kira Trinity

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Microbes: Key constituent of predator risk cues?, Jake R. Vargas

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The nature and extent of algal symbiosis in three North American Ranids, Zachary T. Vegso

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Post-fire vegetation and pyrodiversity influence breeding abundances of Lewis's woodpeckers in the eastern Cascades, Oregon, Brittany Welch

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Educator well-being in a system that is unwell, Beth A. Wylie

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The effects of native perennial cover on physiological indicators of habitat quality for sparrows in California coastal prairie rangelands, Madeleine A. Ybarra

Theses/Projects from 2023

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Effects of exergaming on health and fitness outcomes for students with disabilities: a meta-analysis, Jason Abaya

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The effects of physical education on social outcomes in children with disabilities: A meta-analysis, Alyette J. Afont

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Socio-economic comparative analysis of front-of-the-meter and behind-the-meter microgrids for Panamnik, Olivia C. Amann McShea

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Sympatric carnivores and vegetation structure influence the distribution and abundance of Humboldt martens in Northern California, Erika L. Anderson

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Positive and negative contact as predictors of attitudes toward law enforcement, Benjamin Jackson Anjewierden

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Perceptions of trail safety in Humboldt County, California: an analysis of safety concerns, factors that impact trail use, and the value people place on trails, Natalie C. Arroyo

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College students' autonomy, self-regulation, and academic self-efficacy during COVID-19, Madelynne J. Avila

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Physical characteristics and fine roots within duff mounds of old-growth sugar and Jeffrey pine in a fire-excluded Sierran mixed-conifer forest, Jules Bartley

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Dining layout effects on attendance, communication, and happiness in older adults, Juliana Lia Bertolucci

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Comparative analysis of gas versus electric demand in tiny house communities for the homeless, Christopher D. Beveridge

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"Concealing the excess of her pleasure": A queer reading of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, Josie Anne Blubaugh

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Western gulls’ (Larus occidentalis) reproductive and behavioral responses to human disturbance, Lilamarie 'Asta Bowen

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Are biodiverse communities more resistant to invasion? A case study with marine fouling communities, Taylor Robert Bruntil

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Food waste storage gaseous emissions detection and quantification using infrared spectroscopy, Ryley A. Burton-Tauzer

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Impact of career and technical education on student lives, Jennifer L. Burtram

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Survival and growth of juvenile coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in restored wetlands of Humboldt Bay, California, Josh D. Cahill

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Self-determination theory and exercise performance for individuals with autism., Martin Calderon

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Effects of landscape configuration metrics on American barn owl nest box occupancy and hunting, Samantha D. Chavez

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Absolute and relative reference values of college-aged men and women for the YMCA bench press test for muscular endurance, Skye H. Choi

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Diversity and distribution of bryozoans of the northern to central rocky outer coast of California, Ismael Chowdhury

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A cladoxylopsid with complex vascular architecture from the early Devonian Battery Point Formation (Québec, Canada), Jessica Chu

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Community ecology and disease dynamics in Pacific oysters: unraveling microbiome-pathogen interactions in the wild, Victoria E. Cifelli

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Investigating the effectiveness of microplastic removal and the relationship between microplastics, bacterial communities, and nitrogen cycling in the natural treatment systems at the Arcata Wastewater Treatment Facility, Fiona Connor

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Macrolichen inventory of the Horse Mountain botanical area, Six Rivers National Forest, California, USA, Sarah Norvell Conway

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Effects of atomoxetine on circadian rhythms and locomotor activity, Rhiannon Ryder Crimmins

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The relationship between prejudice toward women and gay men and the role of self and identity threats, Jacob Steven Crocker

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Is the area postrema resistant to the anesthetic effects of MS-222?, Austin T. Csiszar

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Impact of self determination theory amongst individuals with autism spectrum disorder and physical activity: modifying a survey, Ruben Guillermo Diaz

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Polymorphism of melanin-based pigments in barn owls in winegrape vineyards in Napa Valley, California, Laura Mariana Echávez Montenegro

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Investigating tribal co-management of Caifornia’s public lands, Zachary Joseph Erickson

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Examining educator burnout and classroom outcomes as correlates to teaching pyramid implementation, April N. Frazer

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The socio-political history of cannabis in Costa Rica, Winston C. Grady

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Genetic evaluation of the current distribution and possible diffrentations between Lasiurus borealis and Lasiurus frantzii in southwestern North America, Zeinab M. Haidar

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Effects of oyster aquaculture on elasmobranch abundance and habitat use in Humboldt Bay, CA, Rose Harman

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Identifying habitat suitability and connectivity for Roosevelt elk (Cervus canadensis roosevelti) on the North Coast of California, Ashley Ann Harper

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Risk of position-based concussions among collegiate men and women soccer players, Devin Hauenstein

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Impact of multidimensional perfectionism and self efficiency on adherence to behavior change among middle-aged women, Peter H R Heppe

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Use of foreign edna tracers to resolve site- and time-specific eDNA distributions in natural streams, Braden A. Herman

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The relationship between gluteus maximus activation and running economy in recreational distance runners, Carlos Hernandez

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Negative social media and its influence on athlete's performance, Bernd R. Huber

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The effects of aquatic programs on students with disabilities fitness and skill-based outcomes; a meta-analysis, Delaney Hughes

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Using multiscale ensemble habitat models to identify wildfire risk to habitat for an iconic forest species, Logan Baker Hysen

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Habitat selection and habitat use of gray foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) on trespass cannabis grows., Haley-Marie R. Jones

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Monitoring bull kelp (Nereocystis leutkeana) remotely at high resolutions, Hannah E. Joss

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Effects of depth, distance to shore, and water velocity on organismal and extra-organismal environmental dna concentrations in a large river, Dylan Keel

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Does cleft repair surgery restore normal visual and neural responses to infant faces?, Rachael Leanne Kee

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California State University (CSU) police department leadership evaluation, Berkeley Kijsriopas

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The interaction of treadmill type and incline slope on biomechanics and muscle activation during human locomotion, Rohit Kundu

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Extremism in America: explaining political extremism using uncertainty-identity theory, Natasha A. La Vogue