Explore our collection of dissertations, master's theses and master's reports from the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science below.

On November 20, 2019 the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science became the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.

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Theses/Dissertations/Reports from 2022

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Common garden study reveals frost-tolerant, generalist northern seed sources are best suited to expand range of Quercus rubra, Emily Lindback

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DEVELOPMENT AND UTILIZATION OF GEODATABASE: PREDICTING BIODIVERSITY IN EQUATORIAL GUINEA, AFRICA, Nicholas Treusch

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Display site selection by male ruffed grouse in the upper Great Lakes region, Seth Finkel

Theses/Dissertations/Reports from 2021

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Assessing the Utility of a Native Wood-Decomposing Fungus as a Biocontrol Alternative to Herbicides on Invasive Buckthorns in Forests of the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan, Lindsey Dolinski

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DEVELOPMENT OF A PROPAGATION PROGRAM FOR BEECH BARK DISEASE-RESISTANT AMERICAN BEECH (FAGUS GRANDIFOLIA) AND AN APPLIED RESTORATION PLAN FOR MITIGATION OF BEECH BARK DISEASE, Ande Myers

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ELUCIDATING PEATLAND DISTURBANCE ECOLOGY AND CARBON DYNAMICS THROUGH THE LENS OF SOIL USING INFRARED SPECTROMETRY, Dominic Uhelski

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Estimating red wolf ancestry in a population of canids on Galveston Island, Texas, Tanner Barnes

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EVALUATING LONG-TERM GROWTH AND YIELD IN UPPER GREAT LAKES REGION NORTHERN HARDWOODS CUTTING TRIALS, Maeve Draper

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Impacts of forest tax programs on property tax rates in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin, Elsa Schwartz

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Landscape Ecology of North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Stacy Cotey

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Mapping Michigan's Historic Coastlines, Ryan A. Williams

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Metagenomic Identification and Classification of the Mercury-Methylating Gene hgcA in Response to Water Table and Plant Functional Group Manipulations in Peat Soil, Madeline Peterson

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REGENERATION PATTERNS IN SILVICULTURAL OPENINGS OF WESTERN GREAT LAKES NORTHERN HARDWOOD FORESTS 15-24 YEARS POST-HARVEST, Matthew S. VanderMolen

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REGIONAL IMPACTS OF INVASIVE SPECIES AND CLIMATE CHANGE ON BLACK ASH WETLANDS, Joseph Shannon

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UNDERSTANDING GIIZHIK COMMUNITIES AND ANISHINAABE FOREST RELATIONS IN THE EASTERN UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN, Robin Michigiizhigookwe Clark

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UNDERSTORY DYNAMICS ACROSS 62-YEARS OF A NORTHERN HARDWOOD MANAGEMENT GRADIENT STUDY, Heidi Harmala

Theses/Dissertations/Reports from 2020

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ADAPTING ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR A VIRTUAL SPACE, Jennifer Klemm

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BONDING HARDWOOD LUMBER FOR CROSS LAMINATED TIMBER: PROPERTIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, Munkaila Musah

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DISSOLVED ORGANIC MATTER MOVEMENT ACROSS LAKE SUPERIOR’S TERRESTRIAL-STREAM-COASTAL INTERFACE, Karl M. Meingast

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GIS-BASED TRENDING ANALYSIS OF CROPLAND ASSOCIATED WITH RIPARIAN FROM 2008 TO 2018 IN WISCONSIN, Yanyun Li

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LIVESTOCK-WILDLIFE DYNAMICS AND SUBSEQUENT HUMAN RESPONSES IN MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES WITHIN MEXICO’S NATIONALLY PROTECTED AREAS, Deanna Seil

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MONITORING MAMMAL COMMUNITY SHIFTS ACROSS SILVICULTURAL TREATMENTS UTILIZING CAMERA TRAPS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF INVERTEBRATE- DERIVED DNA IN HARDWOOD FORESTS OF NORTH AMERICA, Shallen Gurtler

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PEAT VOLUME LOSS IN THE DITCHES OF NORTHERN MINNESOTA, Liam Krause

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CREATE WINDFALL OF OPPORTUNITY FOR ECOSYSTEM-BASED MANAGEMENT OF MIXED NORTHERN HARDWOODS, Elizabeth Montgomery Barnes

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SOIL SUSTAINABILITY OF FOREST BIOENERGY FEEDSTOCKS ACROSS THE AMERICAS, Michelle Brill

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THE INFLUENCE OF LANDFORMS AND SAMPLING APPROACHES ON RIPARIAN BUFFER AREA AND COMPLEXITY, Houjun Ding

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THE INTERACTIVE EFFECTS OF MICROTOPOGRAPHY AND HYDROLOGY ON GROUND LAYER VEGETATION AND SOIL GAS FLUX RESPONSES TO A SIMULATED EMERALD ASH BORER INFESTATION IN BLACK ASH WETLANDS, Elisabeth Stimmel

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Understanding the Mechanisms Controlling the Concentration-Discharge Relationships of Streams in Northeastern and North Midwestern United States, Veronica Porter

Theses/Dissertations/Reports from 2019

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ARE THE EFFECTS OF ECOSYSTEM NITROGEN SATURATION, INDUCED BY CHRONIC SIMULATED N DEPOSITION, RAPIDLY REVERSIBLE?, Jeffrey M. Selan

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ASSESSING SOIL COMPACTION FOLLOWING A WINTER TIMBER HARVEST IN THE WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN, Rafia Rahman

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BIOGEOCHEMICAL RESPONSE TO VEGETATION AND HYDROLOGIC CHANGE IN AN ALASKAN BOREAL FEN ECOSYSTEM, Danielle L. Rupp

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ECOPHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES OF TROPICAL WOODY SPECIES TO AMBIENT AND ELEVATED TEMPERATURES, Kelsey R. Carter

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EXAMINING ASPEN EXPANSION FROM BEFORE AND AFTER PRESCRIBED BURNING IN A NATIVE FESCUE GRASSLAND THROUGH GEOSPATIAL TECHNIQUES, Christopher Anderson

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Formative Interests and Pathways to Natural Resources Careers Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Laura Burmann

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HARVEST INTENSITY AND DELINEATION OF OUTWASH SOILS IN WISCONSIN, Robert Richard

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LIQUEFACTION OF RECYCLED CREOSOTE-TREATED RAILROAD TIES AND THE CHARACTERIZATION AND DECAY RESISTANCE OF THE LIGNIN-CREOSOTE FRACTION (LIGNISOTE™), Lucy Wang

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Northern Hardwood Silviculture: Preferences among Family Forest Owners in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Alexander C. Helman

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Perceptions of Forest Change in the Governmental Region of Kaffrine, Senegal, Rhiley E. Allbee

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Plant community response to novel silvicultural treatments in Great Lakes northern hardwoods, Stefan F. Hupperts

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Reexamining the Utility of Existing Climate Adaptation Frameworks Through Application on a Northern Forest, Alexander Rice

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SPATIOTEMPORAL VARIABILITY IN WINTER SEVERITY: CONSEQUENCES FOR WHITE-TAILED DEER POPULATIONS AND HABITAT SUSTAINABILITY, Grace Parikh

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THE CHARACTERIZATION OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED BIOMASS, Yasar Selim Bostanci

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The effects of group-selection openings on regeneration composition in conventionally managed northern hardwoods, Sam Knapp

Theses/Dissertations/Reports from 2018

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ABOVE-GROUND BIOMASS AND CARBON ESTIMATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FORESTS IN TURKEY, Cuma Uykun

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ALGORITHMS FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF GENE REGULATORY NETWORKS FROM HIGH -THROUGHPUT GENE EXPRESSION DATA, Wenping Deng

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ECOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS OF FORAGING AND LIFE-HISTORY IN THREE COLD-ADAPTED SPECIES, Andrew Von Duyke

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ESTIMATION OF DBH USING TREE VARIABLES DERIVED FROM AERIAL LiDAR FOR FORD FOREST, BARAGA, MICHIGAN, Tugay Demiraslan

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MAPPING COASTAL WETLAND AND PHRAGMITES ON THE HIAWATHA NATIONAL FOREST USING UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM (UAS) IMAGERY: PROOF OF CONCEPTS, Parth Bhatt

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Molecular Biogeochemistry of a Poor Fen, Zhimin Song

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NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION OF SALVAGE WHITE SPRUCE, Tyler Hovde

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Quantitative Genetics of Populus, Roba Bdeir

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THE DYNAMIC NATURE OF FORAGE PREFERENCE AND MICROHISTOLOGICAL ATLAS, John J. Henderson

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THE EFFECT OF WATER TABLE LEVELS AND SHORT-TERM DITCH RESTORATION ON MOUNTAIN PEATLAND CARBON CYCLING IN THE CORDILLERA BLANCA, PERU, Ana Maria Planas Clarke

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USING RANDOM FOREST MODELING TO PREDICT EARTHWORM DISTRIBUTION IN THE OTTAWA NATIONAL FOREST, Megan Cleaver

Theses/Dissertations/Reports from 2017

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ASSESSING GROWTH, YIELD, AND CARBON DYNAMICS IN UPPER GREAT LAKES JACK PINE AND HYBRID POPLAR MANAGED FOR BIOMASS PRODUCTION, Ashlee Baker Lehner

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CHARACTERIZATION OF ECOLOGICAL WATER STRESS IN THE U.S. GREAT LAKES REGION USING A GEOSPATIAL MODELING APPROACH, Sara Alian

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CHARACTERIZATION OF GENIC MICROSATELLITE MARKERS (EST-SSRS) IN THE ENDANGERED OAK SPECIES QUERCUS GEORGIANA M.A.CURTIS, Priyanka Dipak Kadav

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DEVELOPMENT OF BIOINFORMATICS TOOLS AND ALGORITHMS FOR IDENTIFYING PATHWAY REGULATORS, INFERRING GENE REGULATORY RELATIONSHIPS AND VISUALIZING GENE EXPRESSION DATA, Chathura J. Gunasekara

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DEVELOPMENT OF GENE-BASED MICROSATELLITE MARKERS IN Acer saccharum MARSH., Monica Harmon

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DYNAMICS OF WILD RED RASPBERRY (RUBUS IDAEUS L.) AND THE INFLUENCE ON TREE REGENERATION WITHIN SILVICULTURAL OPENINGS IN A NORTHERN HARDWOOD STAND, Matthew J. Widen

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EFFECTS OF GROUP SELECTION WITH YELLOW BIRCH (BETULA ALLEGHANIENSIS) RETENTION ON THE UNDERSTORY AND SAPLING LAYER IN NORTHERN HARDWOOD FORESTS, Megan A. Petras O'Neil

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EFFECTS OF IN-SITU LEAF-LEVEL CANOPY WARMING IN A NORTHERN HARDWOOD FOREST, Kelsey Carter

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EFFECTS OF POST-FIRE SALVAGE LOGGING ON COMPACTION, INFILTRATION, WATER REPELLENCY, AND SEDIMENT YIELD AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SUBSOILING ON SKID TRAILS, Iskender Demirtas

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EFFECTS OF SELECTIVE LOGGING ON CARBON DYNAMICS: VARIATION IN ABOVEGROUND BIOMASS AND SOIL RESPIRATION IN PRE- AND POST-LOGGING FOREST STANDS OF A MOIST TROPICAL FOREST IN GHANA, Akwasi Duah-Gyamfi

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Effects of Wildfire Severity on Early Successional Dynamics in Boreal Peatland Complexes, Elizabeth Ernst

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EVALUATION OF HYBRID POPLAR MANAGEMENT, PRODUCTION POTENTIAL, AND ESTIMATION OF IMPACTS TO WATER RESOURCES IN THE UPPER GREAT LAKES REGION, Scott Hillard

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Feasibility & Discovery using FOX System to Generate Gain-of-Function Mutations with Hybrid Poplars, James Rauschendorfer

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GUIDELINES FOR ACCESSING AND UTILIZING THE SFRES SPATIAL DATABASE, Matthew Thomas Custer

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IMPACTS TO BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES FROM BIOENERGY DEVELOPMENT: A PAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Colin Phifer

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METHANE FLUXES AND POREWATER DISSOLVED ORGANIC CARBON DYNAMICS FROM DIFFERENT PEATLANDS TYPES IN THE PASTAZA-MARAÑON BASIN OF THE PERUVIAN AMAZON., Jhon del Aguila-Pasquel

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METHANE FLUX OF TREE STEMS AND MITIGATING THE IMPACTS OF INSECT OUTBREAK THROUGH PLANTING ALTERNATIVE TREE SPECIES WITHIN THE UPPER GREAT LAKES REGION, USA, Nicholas Bolton

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MODELS OF FOREST INVENTORY FOR ISTANBUL FOREST USING AIRBORNE LiDAR AND SPACEBORNE IMAGERY, Mustafa Kagan Ozkal

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NEUTRAL AND ADAPTIVE GENETIC VARIATION IN NORTH AMERICAN HARDWOOD TREE SPECIES, Sudhir Khodwekar

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ONLINE MAPPING APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT FOR THE SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE GEOSPATIAL DATA, Aysen Sozen

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PREDICITNG FAILURE OF CULVERTS AND ASSOCIATED IMPACTS IN LOW ORDER STREAMS OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN, Charles King

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THE EFFECTS OF EARLY PRUNING ON THE NEAR-GROUND BRANCH DENSITY OF FOUR LIVE FENCING SPECIES, Aric Devens

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THE SPATIAL ECOLOGY OF GRAY WOLVES IN THE UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN, 1994–2013, Shawn O'Neil

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TRADITIONAL MEDICINE USE IN CHAMORRO CUÉ, GRAL. E. AQUINO, SAN PEDRO, PARAGUAY, Noah Goyke

Theses/Dissertations/Reports from 2016

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ARBUSCULAR MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI OF NORTHERN WHITE CEDAR (Thuja occidentalis L.): HABITAT EFFECTS ON FUNGAL COMMUNITIES AND INOCULUM EFFECTS ON PLANT GROWTH ON ACID PEAT SOILS, Guswarni Anwar

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ASSESSING THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE SURFACE TEMPERATURE OF INLAND LAKES IN MICHIGAN, Kaitlin Reinl

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CARBON CYCLING AND RESTORATION IN TEMPERATE FORESTED PEATLANDS, Rose Schwartz

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CARBON FLUX DYNAMICS IN HIGH ALTITUDE PEATLANDS IN THE ECUADORIAN ANDES, Maria Elisa Sanchez Garces

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Effectiveness of Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) trap placement in relation to forest edges, Karen Cladas

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EFFECT OF SOIL COMPACTION AND ORGANIC MATTER REMOVAL ON GENOTYPIC DIVERSITY, GENETIC STRUCTURE, AND TRAIT EXPRESSIONS IN ASPEN, Mehmet Acet

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EFFECTS OF WILDFIRE AND POST-FIRE SALVAGE LOGGING ON RILL NETWORKS AND SEDIMENT DELIVERY IN CALIFORNIA FORESTS, Will Olsen

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ETHNOBOTANY, ECONOMICS, AND CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE OF TRADITIONAL HAT MAKING IN TWO DISTRICTS OF CENTRAL PANAMA, Sam Clair

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Evaluation of Social License for the Forest Products Industry in Houghton County, Michigan, Will Lytle

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Tribal community and regional perspectives on climate change and water resources in the Great Lakes region, Andrew Kozich

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VEGETATION DYNAMICS AND NITROGEN CYCLING RESPONSES TO SIMULATED EMERALD ASH BORER INFESTATION IN FRAXINUS NIGRA-DOMINATED WETLANDS OF UPPER MICHIGAN, USA, Joshua Davis

Reports/Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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ASSESSMENT OF LAND COVER AND RIPARIAN ZONES FOR THE FORD RESEARCH FOREST - HICKEY CREEK/STURGEON RIVER AND FALLS RIVER SUBWATERSHEDS, Fay Dearing

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CHANGES IN CARBON POOLS INFLUENCED BY CHANGES IN SOIL TEXTURE, SLOPE, AND ASPECT A DECADE FOLLOWING WILDFIRE IN BLACK SPRUCE FORESTS OF INTERIOR ALASKA, Gregory Houle

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DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATIONS OF GENOMIC RESOURCES FOR TWO NORTH AMERICAN HARDWOOD TAXA, Sandra Acheampong Owusu

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ECOPHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES OF SUGAR MAPLE ROOTS TO CLIMATIC CONDITIONS, Mickey Philip Jarvi

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EVALUATING THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF LOGGING RESIDUE REMOVALS IN GREAT LAKES ASPEN FORESTS, Michael I. Premer

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Hitchhiking Bats on the Great Lakes of North America, Saska E.H. Lohi

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IMPLICATIONS OF EMERALD ASH BORER DISTURBANCE ON BLACK ASH WETLAND WATERSHED HYDROLOGY, SOIL CARBON EFFLUX, AND DISSOLVED ORGANIC MATTER COMPOSITION, Matthew J. Van Grinsven

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INSTANTANEOUS PHOTOSYNTHETIC RESPONSE TO TEMPERATURE OF MATURE FOREST CANOPIES AND EXPERIMENTALLY WARMED SEEDLINGS, Alida C. Mau

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INTERACTIVE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND FUNGAL COMMUNITIES ON THE DECOMPOSITION OF WOOD-DERIVED CARBON IN FOREST SOILS, Samantha L. Mosier

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INVESTIGATING THE EFFECTS OF SHORT- AND LONG-TERM CLIMATIC VARIATION ON THE WATER USE OF THREE NORTHERN HARDWOOD TREE SPECIES, Alex R. Collins

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Investigating within-canopy variation of functional traits and cellular structure of sugar maple (Acer saccharum) leaves, Adam P. Coble