Electronic graduate theses and dissertations from Utah State University.

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2024

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Production of Interspecies Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer Embryos as a Model for Endangered Species Rescue, Laura Adams

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Assessing Impact of Food Structure on Oral Tribology and In-Vitro Digestion of Dairy Products, Lamis Ali

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Inferring a Hierarchical Input Type for an SQL Query, Santosh Aryal

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Comparison of Private and Public Lab Fertilizer Recommendation Impacts on Field Crop Production and Soil Test Results, Megan Baker

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Impacts of Lake Elevation Decline on Tui Chub, A Critical Forage Species for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in Pyramid Lake, Nevada, USA, Sarah Barnes

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Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Multi-Materials Fabricated Through a Combination of LPBF and DED Additive Manufacturing Techniques, Christopher J. Bettencourt

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Pedestrian Pathing Prediction Using Complex Contextual Behavioral Data in High Foot Traffic Settings, Laurel Bingham

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Exploring Optimal Design of Experiments for Random Effects Models, Ryan C. Bushman

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The Effects of Aboveground Herbivory on Root Traits and Root Decomposition, Emily A. Chavez

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Reinforcements of a Greater Sage-Grouse Population in Utah: Applications for Range-Wide and Local Conservation Translocation Efforts, Melissa S. Chelak

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Development and Testing of an 8-Bit Digitally Throttled Hybrid Rocket Motor, Trevor W. Coombs

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Advancing Near Surface Soil Moisture Measurements Using Robotics, Automation, and Remote Sensing, Hemanth Narayan Dakshinamurthy

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Field Flow Measurements for Pipe Installations With Non-Ideal Conditions, Jake Douglas

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Understanding Peer Interactions in Undergraduate Engineering Education, Jack C. Elliott

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The Influence of Individual Strategies on Cougar Ecology: Insights From Predation, Space Use, and Reproduction, Kristin Nicole Engebretsen

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The Effect of Seed Mix Density and Composition on Wetland Plant Community Assembly in the Great Salt Lake Watershed, Elana Feldman

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Generative AI in Education From the Perspective of Students, Educators, and Administrators, Aashish Ghimire

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Teaching Function-Based Assessment and Intervention Skills to Behavior Support Staff Using an Interactive Computer Training, Megan E. Graul

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Divergence-Free Tensor Densities in Two Dimensions, Tyler Hansen

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Exploring Application of the Coordinate Exchange to Generate Optimal Designs Robust to Data Loss, Asher Hanson

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Achieving Responsible Anomaly Detection, Xiao Han

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Resilience of Birds to Habitat Change: Identification of Interspecific Variation in Avian Resilience and its Possible Mechanisms, Amanda L. Hayes-Puttfarcken

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The Effects of Ammonia on the Functionality of Bovine Granulosa Cells, Micah Henrie

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Revegetation Strategies for Native Wetland Plant Restoration in the Face of Phragmites australis Reinvasion and Hydrologic Extremes, Maddie Houde

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Evaluating Aspen Seedling Outplanting Success Following High Severity Wildfire in the Southwest, Sarah M. Kapel

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Decentralized Unknown Building Exploration by Frontier Incentivization and Voronoi Segmentation in a Communication Restricted Domain, Huzeyfe M. Kocabas

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Tracking Perfluoroalkyl Substances From Wastewater Influent to its Accumulation in Vegetables and Forage Grass, Simon Kozik

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Collective Teacher Efficacy and Effective Title I Eligible Schools: A Mixed Methods Approach, Donald R. Mendenhall

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Experimental Nonnative Wood Addition Enhances Instream Habitat for Native Fishes and Investigating Dryland River Alterations, Benjamin J. Miller

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Contrasting Nitrogen Sources Impact Nitrogen Use Efficiency and Soil Health Under Silage Corn Production in a Semi-Arid Environment, Phearen Kit Miller

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The Relationship Between Blame, Maladaptive Guilt/ Shame, Couple Communication, and Relationship Satisfaction in Pornography Users, Joshua K. Otani

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Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Disease: Social and Environmental Drivers of Movement, Connectivity, and Disease Transmission in Bighorn Sheep, Lauren E. Ricci

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Program Evaluation of Online and Face-to-Face College and Career Readiness and its Effect on Degree Utilization in Community College Graduates, Tyson M. Riskas

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UV-A Light: A Novel Method for Food Dehydration, McKade S. Roberts

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Evaluating an Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math/Computational Thinking Professional Development Program for Elementary Level Paraprofessional Educators, Aubrey A. Rogowski

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A Dyadic Analysis of Fat Talk and Body Esteem Amongst Romantic Couples, Marissa J. Sáez

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Spatial Ecology of Mule Deer Migrations From Grand Teton National Park and the Teton Range, Justin K. Schwabedissen

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Building and Using a Hydrology Experiment for Place-Based Learning With Native American Students, Michaela Shallue

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Exploring the Role of Near Channel Geospatial Attributes to Predict Suspended Sediment Concentration Patterns Across the CONUS Region, Aaron J. Sigman

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Water Data Science: Data Driven Techniques, Training, and Tools for Improved Management of High Frequency Water Resources Data, Amber Spackman Jones

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A Review of Student Attitudes Towards Keystroke Logging and Plagiarism Detection in Introductory Computer Science Courses, Caleb Syndergaard

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The Role of Extracellular Vesicles in Immunomodulation During Bovine Pregnancy, Amber E. Thornton

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Effects of Design Thinking Instructional Strategies on Design Skill Acquisition: A Meta-Analysis, Sarah M. Urquhart

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A Framework That Explores the Cognitive Load of CS1 Assignments Using Pausing Behavior, Joshua O. Urry

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Channel Response to Flow Augmentation: Diamond Fork River, UT, Diane E. Wagner

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Do Poor Countries Catch Up to Rich Countries? Structural Change in the World-Economy, 1816-1916, Jared Walker

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Hearing Race in the Social Studies: A Critical Interpretive Synthesis of Culturally Responsive, Relevant, and Sustaining Pedagogies, Karen H. Washburn

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Radical Antiracism and Anti-Queerphobia in Politicised Education Environments Through Critical Race Theory and Queer Theory, Mina Aubrey Weeks

2023

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Catalytic Pyrolysis of Cellulose and D-Glucose Using Formulated Red Mud, Sand, and HZSM-5, Hamza Abdellaoui

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Developing Empirical Predictive Models to Support Conservation Planning for Threatened Frogs, Toads, and Turtles in South-Coastal California, Umarfarooq Adavudi Abdulwahab

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Student Reliance on Simulations: The Extent That Engineering Students Rely on the Outcomes of Their Simulations, Jonathan Anderson

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Controls on Sediment Connectivity in Fluvial Networks Impacted by Wildfire Across Utah, Alec Arditti

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Subjective Wellbeing of Undergraduate Engineering Students: A Mixed Methods Study, Muhammad Asghar

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Collaborative Task Completion for Simulated Hexapod Robots Using Reinforcement Learning, Tayler Don Baker

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Processes of Couple Co-Regulation in Bereavement: A Longitudinal Study, Jessica Barboza

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Reducing Inputs and Adding Value to Turfgrass Systems Through Clover Inclusion and Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria Applications, Paige E. Boyle

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Restoration Strategies for Wetlands in the Arid West: Seeding and Planting Approaches for Lakeshore Ecosystems, Jes Braun

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Edaphic and Climatic Regulation of Microbial Carbon-Use Efficiency in Managed Semi-Arid Systems, Kirsten R. Butcher

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Estimated Aerodynamic Forces and Moments and Optimal Orientation of the V-Bat Airframe During Vertical Landing in Gusty Conditions, Parker C. Carter

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The Mojave Poppy Bee (Perdita meconis) and a Primary Plant Host, the Las Vegas Bear Poppy (Arctomecon californica): Status and Interactions, Sarit Chanprame

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Movement Patterns of a Federally Endangered Minnow in a Fragmented Desert River, Martinique J. Chavez

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Deep Learning With Effective Hierarchical Attention Mechanisms in Perception of Autonomous Vehicles, Qiuxiao Chen

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Investigating Relationships Among Measures of English and Chinese Handwriting Fluency in Early-Elementary Chinese Dual Language Immersion Students, Petra Mei Wah Sin Chou

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Comparing Scaling Approaches to Estimate Unimpaired Streamflow Timeseries and Seasonal Flow Metrics at Ungauged Streams, Karl Christensen

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Relative Hepatotoxocity, Carcinogenicity, and Toxicogenomics of Select Dehydropyrrolizidine Alkaloids in Mice, Michael J. Clayton

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Incorporating Sustainability Into Utah High School's Textiles and Apparel Curriculum, Michelle Clouse

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Optimal Stopping of Multi-Robot Exploration for Unknown, Bounded Environments, Trey D. Crowther

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English Language Development Teacher Language Ideologies and Heteroglossic Practices, Leah Davis

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Atmospheric Mercury at Storm Peak Laboratory: Development of Methods to Calibrate Ambient Oxidized Mercury Measurements and Comparisons to a 3-D Photochemical Transport Model, Tyler Raymond Elgiar

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The Intersectional Experiences of Young and Educated Latine Men's Masculinity: An Exploration of Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Skin Tone, Sexual Orientation, and Region of Origin, Juan Estrada

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Navigating Roadblocks in Utah's Path Towards Curbing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Emily K. Fletcher

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Bells of Mindfulness: An Online Mindfulness Meditation Course to Promote Mindfulness Meditation for PhD Students, Michael Folland

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Integrated Behavioral-Health Supports: Combining PBIS and SEL at Tier 2, Thomas K. Franzmann

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In-Situ Optical Measurements of High Temperature Combustion Plumes, Cara Frischkorn

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Development, Implementation, and Optimization of a Modern, Subsonic/Supersonic Panel Method, Cory D. Goates

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RABRs for Use in Biologically Enhanced Precipitation of Struvite in Anaerobic Digester Effluent (Municipal Wastewater), Parker R. Goldsberry

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Characterization of the Long-Distance Dispersal Kernel of White-Tailed Deer and Evaluating Its Impact on Chronic Wasting Disease Spread in Wisconsin, Mennatallah Gouda

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The Impacts of Maturation and Experience on Volumetric Neuroplasticity in Solitary and Social Bees, Mallory A. Hagadorn

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Exploring Mechanisms of Native Regulation in the Shigella Type-III Secretion System, Koleton D. Hardy

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GPS-Denied Navigation Using Synthetic Aperture Radar, Tucker Hathaway

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Ecology and Management of Dyer's Woad (Isatis Tinctoria) in Northern Utah, Erin Marie Hettinger

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Tropical Atlantic Temperature and Hydrologic Shifts During the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, Chels Howard

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A Systematic Review on Functional Analysis of Noncompliance, Alyssa Hurd

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Beyond ‘Bisexual’: Toward a New Conceptualization of Bi+ Experience, Brook Hutchinson

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Evaluation Optimization of Large-Scale Plasmid DNA Production Process of Harvest, Resuspension, Lysis, and Neturalization at Large and Small Scale, Zachary S. Hyde

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Using Telehealth to Teach Caregivers Mand Training Using a Speech Generating Device, Sara Jeppson

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Balsam Woolly Adelgid and Host Forest Characteristics: Impacts and Interactions in Recently Invaded Areas of Northern Utah and Southeastern Idaho, Grayson B. Jordan

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Quantifying the Effect of Stable Stratification on Low-Reynolds Number Flow Past a Horizontal Cylinder, Holland Kartchner

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An Exploratory and Descriptive Analysis of the Utah Microcredentials Participant Population, Daron Kennett

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Dusky Grouse Population Ecology and Thermal Landscape Ecology in the Great Basin Ecosystem, Stephanie M. Landry

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Constraining Silicate Weathering During the Middle Eocene Climatic Optimum (MECO) Using Radiolarian Ge/Si, Olivia R. Laub

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Computational Study About Noncovalent Bonding Systems Involving Halogen, Chalcogen and Pnicogen Bonds, Jia Lu

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Using Pavlovian Sign-Tracking to Increase Self-Control in Rats, Saba Mahmoudi

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The Effects of Agroecological Farming Systems on Human Health, Olivia Kathryn Mason

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Furthering Indaziflam-Based Management Strategies of Three Invasive Annual Grasses in Northern Utah, Peter Weston Maughan

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Inundated Vegetation Response to Ongoing Restoration and Its Impacts on Fish Community Structure, Emmanuel J. May

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Linking Microbial Community Assembly in Flowers With Function Under Diverse Environmental Conditions: A Case Study Involving Erwinia amylovora, Christopher Skylar McDaniel

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Surface Water Hydrology Within the Great Salt Lake Basin, Madeline F. Merck

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Consensus Modeling as a Cultural Practice: A Case Study From a Seventh-Grade Science Classroom, Sara Louise Miconi Gailey

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Effects of Indole Derivative IDC16 on Cell Proliferation, Transfection, and Alternative Splicing in Production of Lentiviral Vectors by Transient Co-Transfection, Nataly Mier