Recent Master's Thesis and Plan B Project Titles

The quality of facilities and the strength of faculty support allow students to study a diversity of topics within Natural Resources Science and Management, as shown by the completed M.S. theses below.

2016

  • Deering, E. (2016); Advisor: J. Magner
    Track: Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management 
    Floating Treatment Wetlands in a Northern Climate: Examination of Phosphorus and Nitrogen Removal

  • Guharajan, R. (2016); Advisor: D. Garshelis
    Track: Wildlife Ecology and Management
    Survival strategies of the sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) in the lower Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

  • Hall, L. (2016); Advisor: J. Magner
    Track: Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management 
    Monitoring Bluff Erosion Rates Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning on Minnesota’s North Shore Streams

  • Martin, H. (2016); Advisor: L. Mech
    Track: Wildlife Ecology and Management
    Factors affecting elk (Cervus elaphus) encounter rate by gray wolves (Canis lupus) in Yellowstone National Park

  • Rowe, E. (2016); Advisor: A. D'Amato
    Track: Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management
    Effects of fire and harvesting on tree regeneration and ground-layer vegetation in forested peatland communities in northern Minnesota
  • Scherer, S. (2016); Advisor: A. D'Amato and C. Kern
    Track: Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management
    Long-term effects of prescribed fire on vegetation structure, dynamics, and tree growth in red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.) forests in north central Minnesota

  • Walberg, E. (2016); Advisor: L. Cornicelli and D. Fulton
    Track: Economics, Policy, Management, and Society
    Landowner and hunter surveys for white-tailed deer management in Minnesota: factors impacting hunter access to private lands and cell-by-cell correction to reduce mixed-mode survey sampling effects.

2015

  • Fellows, S. (2015); Advisor: M. Davenport
    Track: Economics, Policy, Management, and Society
    Northern Minnesota Logger Conservation Action: Social, Moral, and Business Norms and Profitability.

  • Noe, R. (2015); Advisor: J. Hill
    Track: Assessment, Monitoring, and Geospatial Analysis
    Uncertainty in Cropland Data layer derived land-use change estimates: putting corn and soy expansion estimates in context.

  • Ogdahl, E. (2015); Advisor: D. Zamora
    Track: Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management
    The snow in the willows: assessing the use of shrub-willows for living snow fences in Minnesota

  • Pszwaro, J. (2015); Advisor: A. D'Amato
    Track: Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management
    Growth and Stand Dynamics of Red Maple-Dominated Forests in the Upper Great Lakes Region, USA

  • Triplett, L. (2015); Advisors: J. Magner and C. Lenhart
    Track: Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management
    Variation in Vegetation Establishment, Hydrologic Regime, and Sediment Transport within the Minnesota River Basin

  • Zhang, L. (2015); Advisor: J. Magner
    Track: Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management
    Exploring N and P Reduction in Bioreactors.


2014

  • Cheng, G. (2014); Advisor: S. Severtson
    Track: Forest Products
    Development of high biomass content hot-melt pressure-sensitive adhesives
  • Courtney, A. (2014); Advisor: I. Schneider
    Track: Recreation Resources, Tourism, and Environmental Education
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Firearms Safety Hunter Education Program Evaluation Report
     
  • Daly, K. (2014); Advisor: D. Andersen
    Track: Wildlife Ecology and Management
    Assessment of techniques to evaluate American woodcock population response to best management practices applied at the demonstration-area scale
     
  • Dunlap, R. (2014); Advisor: T. Arnold
    Track: Wildlife Ecology and Management
    Responses of songbirds and small mammals to harvests of native grasslands for biofuels in western Minnesota
     
  • Engel, L. (2014); Advisor: J. Magner
    Track: Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management
    Exploring hydraulic residence in Minnesota's Sentinel Lakes: Implications for management

  • Funk, T. (2014); Advisor: M. Kilgore
    Track: Economics, Policy, Management, and Society
    Valuing the financial benefit that private forest landowners enrolled in preferential property tax programs receive for providing ecosystem services
     
  • Peterson, S. (2014); Advisor: D. Andersen
    Track: Wildlife Ecology and Management
    Landscape productivity and the ecology of brood division in golden-winged warblers in the Western Great Lakes Region
     
  • Reuling, L. (2014); Advisor: A. D'Amato
    Track: Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management
    Initial effects of structural complexity restoration treatments and deer browsing on ground-layer community composition and tree regeneration in northern hardwood forests
     
  • Stone, R. (2014); Advisors: P. Huelman and T. Smith
    Track: Forest Products
    Hygrothermal performance of residential cantilevered floors

2013

  • Birr, A. (2013); Advisor: D. Current
    Track: Economics, Policy, Management, and Society
    Inventory, water characterization, and Knowledge, Attitude and Practices survey of source water areas in rural El Salvador

  • Bussey, J. (2013); Advisor: M. Davenport
    Track: Economics, Policy, Management, and Society
    Diverse ecological epistemologies and adaptive co-management: Leech Lake Division of Resource Management and Chippewa National Forest
     
  • Cassidy, E. (2013); Advisor: J. Foley
    Track: Economics, Policy, Management, and Society
    The impact of diet preference on agricultural productivity and the environment
     
  • Cassidy, K. (2013); Advisor: D. Mech
    Track: Wildlife Ecology and Management
    Group composition effects on inter-pack aggressive interactions of gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park

  • Eryilmaz, D. (2013); Advisor: M. Kilgore
    Track: Economics, Policy, Management, and Society
    Understanding the impacts of the forest stewardship program on attitudes and actions of family forestland owners in the US: Analysis of the National Woodland Owner Survey 2006
     
  • Giblin, C. (2013); Advisor: G. Johnson
    Track: Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management
    The effects of wounding and deep mulching on tree growth and internal discoloration in Acer rubrum "Northwoods"

  • Klassen, J. (2013); Advisor: J. Knight
    Track: Assessment, Monitoring, and Geospatial Analysis
    The missing dimension: Adding depth to image analysi
     
  • Li, M. (2013); Advisor: T. Smith
    Life cycle assessment of residential heating and cooling systems in Minnesota: A comprehensive analysis on life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and cost-effectiveness of ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems compared to the conventional gas furnace and air conditioner system

  • Nanninga, C. (2013); Advisor: R. Montgomery
    Track: Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management
    Comparisons of forest conditions at the Knife River Indian Villages Historic Site between 1984 and 2010
     
  • North, E. (2013); Advisor: G. Johnson
    Track: Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management
    Predictive equations for crown diameter and trunk flare diameter at ground line for four urban landscape tree species in Minnesota
     
  • Olson, B. (2013); Advisor: M. Davenport
    Track: Economics, Policy, Management, and Society
    Farmer beliefs and personal norms associated with nitrogen best management practices in the Rush River and Elm Creek watersheds, MN

  • Pelton, R. (2013); Advisor: T. Smith
    Track: Economics, Policy, Management, and Society
    Hotspot Scenario Analysis: Comparative streamlined LCA approaches for Green supply chain and procurement decision making

  • Potyondy, P. (2013); Advisor: G. Johnson
    Track: Economics, Policy, Management, and Society
    Influence of urban tree canopy on single-family residential structure energy consumption at the community scale in Hutchinson, Minnesota
     
  • Presnail, M. (2013); Advisors: K. Brooks and J. Magner
    Track: Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management 
    Prioritizing stream restoration: A decision support tool for use in restoring waters impaired by excess sediment in the Blue Earth River Basin of Minnesota
     
  • Salk, T. (2013); Advisors: L. Frelich and R. Montgomery
    Poor recruitment is changing the structure and species composition of an old-growth hemlock-hardwood forest
     
  • Telander, A. (2013); Advisors: A. D'Amato and K. Brooks
    Impacts of black ash stand transpiration on the hydrology of wetland forests in northern Minnesota, USA
     
  • Theodore, J. (2013); Advisor: T. Smith
    Adjusting to work time and income reduction: Change in household consumption behavior and life satisfaction

2012

  • Davidson, M. (2012); Advisors: K. Brooks and J. Magner
    Track: Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management
    Determining baseline hydrology of the black ash swamps in northern Minnesota

  • Dutton, P. (2012); Advisors: K. Brooks and J. Magner  
    Track: Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management
    Factors influencing roadside erosion and in-stream geomorphic stability at road-stream crossings for selected watersheds, North Shore, Minnesota, USA

  • Filter, L. (2012); Advisors: M. Davenport and I. Schneider
    Track: Economics, Policy, Management, and Society
    Assessing Latino perceptions and preferences for park offerings and communications at Thompson County Park in West St. Paul, MN
     
  • Fransen, G. (2012); Advisor: K. Brooks.  
    Track: Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management
    Hydrologic, nutrient, and sediment responses of restored perennial vegetation/wetland complexes in southern Minnesota
     
  • Gamble, J. (2012); Advisors: D. Current and C. Sheaffer
    Development of agroforestry systems for bioenergy crop production and soil conservation
     
  • Guo, T. (2012); Advisor: I. Schneider.  
    Track: Recreation Resources, Tourism, and Environmental Education
    Measurement properties and invariance of negotiation with outdoor recreation constraints: A cross-culture study between United States and Chinese university students

  • Harrison, K. (2012); Advisors: S. Carlson and K. Oberhauser
    Track: Recreation Resources, Tourism, and Environmental Education
    Understanding the impacts of the University of Minnesota's Schoolyard Ecology and Exploration Garden Grant Program
     
  • Heeren, A. (2012); Advisor: D. Fulton.  
    Track: Economics, Policy, Management, and Society
    Change we can believe in? The role and implications of culture and environmental values on climate change perceptions
     
  • Hendrickson, J. (2012); Advisor: A. David  
    Track: Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management
    Genetic variability and inheritance of nuclear microsatellite markers in Minnesota's black ash (Fraxinus nigra) and green ash (F. pennsylvanica) with recommendations for the optimal seed sample size from individual trees

  • Jones, J. (2012); Advisor: S. Carlson
    Track: Recreation Resources, Tourism, and Environmental Education
    Pea Pods: An evaluation of an early childhood environmental education program at the University of Minnesota Arboretum
     
  • Klockow, P. (2012); Advisors: A. D'Amato and J. Bradford
    Track: Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management
    Impacts of biomass harvesting on biomass, carbon, and nutrient stocks in Populus tremuloides forests of northern Minnesota, USA

  • Liechty, R. (2012); Advisor: S. Carlson
    Track: Recreation Resources, Tourism, and Environmental Education
    Serious leisure along the backcountry trails of America: An exploration in the phenomenon of nature challenge activity on the Pacific Crest Trail

  • Oftedal, A. (2012); Advisor: I. Schneider
    Track: Recreation Resources, Tourism, and Environmental Education
    Outdoor recreation availability and health outcomes: County-level analysis in one U.S. state
     
  • Schulman, C. (2012); Advisors: D. Current and D. Becker
    Track: Economics, Policy, Management, and Society
    Minnesota landowners' habitus and interest in perennial energy crops
     
  • Silver, E. (2012); Advisors: A. D'Amato and S. Fraver
    Track: Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management.
    Structure, development, and spatial patterns in Pinus resinosa forests of northern Minnesota, USA
     
  • Waldstein, A. (2012); Advisor: T. Arnold 
    Track: Wildlife Ecology and Management
    Nest-site selection and nesting ecology of red-headed woodpeckers

  • Walton, J. (2012); Advisor: G. Johnson
    Track: Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management
    An evaluation of a large-scale ecological reconstruction/planting on brownfield sites on the Mississippi River terrace at St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Yaeger, C. (2012); Advisor: M. Davenport
    Track: Economics, Policy, Management, and Society
    Evaluating watershed outreach interventions in the Lower Kaskaskia River watershed