This collection includes theses, dissertations, and professional papers from the University of Montana W. A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. Theses, dissertations, and professional papers from all University of Montana departments and programs may be searched here.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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PRAGMATIST ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS: FOCUSING ON HUMAN-NATURE RELATIONSHIPS AND SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS, Christopher Aden Armatas

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DEFINING, MEASURING AND REFINING AN IDENTITY OF PEACE IN THE U.S. SECTION OF WATERTON-GLACIER INTERNATIONAL PEACE PARK, Elena A. Bigart

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Tiger Monitoring in Bhutan Using Non-invasive Genetic Tools, Tashi Dhendup

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UNCONFINED WILDERNESS EXPERIENCES: WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO FEELING UNCONFINED WHILE VISITING THE SELWAY-BITTERROOT WILDERNESS?, Jonathan Daniel Dorman

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SPATIOTEMPORAL DYNAMICS OF NITROGEN AND CARBON BIOGEOCHEMISTRY IN A WETLAND-STREAM SEQUENCE, Patrick E. Hurley

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THE PUBLIC TRUST IN WILDLIFE: IMPLEMENTATION IN 13 WESTERN STATES, Nyssa Landres

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Adaptation Under the Canopy: Coffee Cooperative and Certification Contributions to Smallholder Livelihood Sustainability in Santa Lucía Teotepec, Oaxaca, Meghan C. Montgomery

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NEW, MULTI-SCALE APPROACHES TO CHARACTERIZE PATTERNS IN VEGETATION, FUELS, AND WILDFIRE, Christopher Jacob Moran

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An Exploration: How Voluntourism Conservation Projects Coordinate with and Contribute to Conservation Efforts in Madre de Dios, Peru, Alejandrina R. Ocanas

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An assessment of fecal water contamination in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Daniel Paul Pendergraph 5024527

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Population and Breeding Ecology of Sagebrush Steppe Songbirds, Kayla Ann Ruth

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COMMUNITY-CENTERED SUSTAINABLE CONSERVATION AND ECOTOURISM PLANNING IN THE BOSSOU FOREST RESERVE, GUINEA, WEST AFRICA, DESTINA SAMANI

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PATTERN-PROCESS LINKAGES IN FORESTED ECOSYSTEMS, Eryn Elizabeth Schneider

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Colloidal and truly dissolved metal(loid)s in wastewater lagoons and their removal with floating treatment wetlands, Lauren Sullivan

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Whitewater Ecotourism Development In Bhutan: Opportunities And Challenges for Local Communities, Kira E. Tenney

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ADAPTIVE POTENTIAL TO CAMOUFLAGE MISMATCH: PLASTIC AND EVOLUTIONARY RESPONSES TO A CLIMATE CHANGE STRESSOR, Marketa Zimova

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Home Is Where the Food Is: Causes and Consequences of Partial Migration in Elk, Kristin Jennifer Barker

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A DECADE OF GOVERNING THE BLACKFOOT COMMUNITY CONSERVATION AREA (BCCA): COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND LANDSCAPE CONNECTIVITY THROUGH PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, Alexander A. Barton

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LEAVING MORE THAN FOOTPRINTS: IMPACTS OF TOURISM AND PERCEPTIONS OF CHANGE IN CHILEAN PATAGONIA, Heidi Blair

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LEWIS’S WOODPECKER NEST SUCCESS AND HABITAT SELECTION IN COTTONWOOD FLOODPLAIN VERSUS BURNED CONIFER FORESTS, William M. Blake

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BIOTIC AND ABIOTIC INFLUENCES ON THE EVOLUTION OF ELEVATIONAL RANGE LIMTS AND LIFE-HISTORY STRATEGIES OF TROPICAL BIRDS, Andrew James Boyce

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INVESTIGATING THE THRU-HIKING EXPERIENCE: A STUDY ON THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL, Taylor Rose Cole

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THE BIOPHYSICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL IMPACTS OF FOREST DISTURBANCES ACROSS ECOSYSTEMS, Leila Ann Cooper

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Knowledge Processes and the Potential for Adaptive Governance of Inshore Fisheries in the Solomon Islands, Amber W. Datta

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Avian Community Responses to Bison Grazing in North American Intermountain Grasslands, Danielle A. Fagre

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Demographics and Growth History of Whitebark Pine on Undisturbed Sites Across the Northern US Rocky Mountains, Sarah Flanary

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Integrating Fire and Forest Planning: A Review of National Forest Plan Revisions, Hailey Graf

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ANNUAL CLIMATE IMPACTS ON TREE GROWTH AND POST-FIRE REGENERATION IN PONDEROSA PINE AND DOUGLAS-FIR IN THE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS, Lacey Hankin

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Confronting the challenges of whale avoidance by large vessels to reduce collision risk: A quantitative approach, Jennifer E. Helm

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RESPONSES OF TERRESTRIAL CARBON AND WATER FLUX TO CLIMATE VARIABILITY: REMOTE SENSING DRIVEN ANALYSIS OF GROSS PRIMARY PRODUCTION AND EVAPOTRANSPIRATION, Mingzhu He

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LANDSCAPE HETEROGENEITY MODULATES ECOSYSTEM SENSITIVITY TO CLIMATE, Zachary Harwood Hoylman

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EVALUATING POPULATION TRENDS & SPECIES RICHNESS-DISTURBANCE RELATIONSHIPS USING AVIAN MONITORING DATA, William Michael Janousek

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THE ENDURING IMPORTANCE OF WILDNESS: SHEPHERDING WILDERNESS THROUGH THE ANTHROPOCENE, Patrick Ram Kelly

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Wilderness Solitude in the 21st Century, Thomas C. Lang

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AN INTER-WATERSHED COMPARISON STUDY OF BEDROCK CONTROLS ON SHALLOW SUBSURFACE FLOW AND STREAMFLOW RESPONSE, Robert Livesay

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Weed Control as a Collective Action Problem: Quantifying group effects on individual behavior, and clarifying the theoretical frame, Alice Lubeck

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GLOBAL CHANGE AND WHITEBARK PINE: RESTORATION, REFUGIA, AND ALPINE TREELINES, Colin Taylor Maher

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Large-Scale Photovoltaic Solar Implementation: Montanan Stakeholder Opportunities and Challenges, Erika Mickelson

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MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE INDUCED CHANGES TO LODGEPOLE PINE FOREST STAND DYNAMICS AT LUBRECHT EXPERIMENTAL FOREST, Ben G. O'Connor

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IMPLICATIONS OF MODULATING GLACIERS AND SNOW COVER IN MONGOLIA, Caleb Gikai Pan

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Predictive spatial modeling of wildfire occurrence and poaching events related to Siberian tiger conservation in Southwest Primorye, Russian Far East, Conor N. Phelan

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INTERPRETATION AND IMPLEMENATION OF DIRECTOR’S ORDER #41, SECTION 7.2: DETERMINING BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR WILDERNESS CLIMBING IN THE NATIONAL PARKS, Kerry E. Sullivan

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ECOLOGY, EPIDEMIOLOGY, AND EVOLUTIONARY GENETICS OF CANINE DISTEMPER VIRUS SPILLOVER IN AFRICAN LIONS, Julie Kay Weckworth

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Impacts of Elephant Crop-Raiding on Subsistence Farmers and Approaches to Reduce Human-Elephant Farming Conflict in Sagalla, Kenya, Sophia Weinmann

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Survival, movements, and resource selection of female white-tailed deer in Missouri, Chloe A. Wright

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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FIRE MANAGEMENT PROVISIONS IN FEDERAL WILDERNESS LAW, Erik D. Alnes

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Ponderosa Pine Responses to Biochar, Fertilizer, or Mastication on the Bitterroot National Forest, USA, Haley C. Anderson

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FACTORS INFLUENCING CLADOPHORA BIOMASS ABUNDANCE IN THE UPPER CLARK FORK RIVER, MONTANA., Nicholas J. Banish

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Harvest and Persistence of Wolf Populations: Variable Effects of Harvest on Wolf Packs in the Rocky Mountains, Sarah B. Bassing

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SPATIOTEMPORAL VARIABILITY OF HUMIDITY ACROSS THE CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES AND SOUTHERN CANADA USING REGIONAL NETWORKS, Ruben John Behnke

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LONGEVITY OF PONDEROSA PINE FUEL REDUCTION TREATMENTS: A LEGACY OF RESEARCH AT LICK CREEK DEMONSTRATION/RESEARCH FOREST IN WESTERN MONTANA, Katelynn J. Bowen

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Integrated Stress and Community Perceptions: Toward an Understanding of Human-Cougar Tolerance, Lara Brenner

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Stream restoration effects on hydraulic exchange, storage and alluvial aquifer discharge, Christine M. Brissette

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DISPERSAL, GENETIC STRUCTURE, NETWORK CONNECTIVITY AND CONSERVATION OF AN AT-RISK, LARGE-LANDSCAPE SPECIES, Todd Bartholomew Cross

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FOREST VEGETATION, FUEL, AND FIRE HAZARD DEVELOPMENT IN STANDS TREATED TO RESIST CROWN FIRE, Justin Seth Crotteau

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COUPLING BIOPHYSICAL COMPLEXITY AND FOREST METABOLISM IN A FLOODPLAIN LANDSCAPE, Peter Davis

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Assessing Stream Channel Restoration: The Phased Recovery Framework, Jacob M. Dyste

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BREEDING HABITAT USE AND FITNESS CONSEQUENCES IN GROUNDNESTING SONGBIRDS, Karolina Fierro-Calderon

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HIGH-RESOLUTION MAPPING OF HIERARCHICAL GREATER SAGE-GROUSE NESTING HABITAT: A GRAIN-SPECTRUM APPROACH IN NORTHWESTERN WYOMING, Robert T. Haynam III

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Understanding patterns and drivers of Alaskan fire-regime variability across spatial and temporal scales, Tyler J. Hoecker

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IMPLICATIONS OF RANCHER DECISION-MAKING PATTERNS IN DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON FOR INCENTIVE-BASED CONSERVATION OF SAGE-GROUSE, Clancy Jandreau

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Estimating the Effects of Overstory Retention, Vegetative Competition, and Site Quality on the Height Growth of Small Ponderosa Pine Trees Using Regression Quantiles, Colin P. Kirkmire

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Social Justice in Social-Ecological Systems: Resilience Through Stakeholder Engagement, Frederick I. Lauer

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WHAT THE GRINGOS BROUGHT: A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF A PRIVATELY PROTECTED AREA IN CHILEAN PATAGONIA, Elena Louder

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QUANTIFYING GLOBAL ANNUAL GROSS PRIMARY PRODUCTIVITY: APPLICATION OF AN IMPROVED LIGHT USE EFFICIENCY MODEL, Nima Madani

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DOES TIMING OF HERBICIDE USE INFLUENCE RATES OF GERMINATION OR SEEDLING BIOMASS OF NATIVE PLANTS USED FOR RESTORATION?, Christine McManamen

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DAY HIKERS AND BEAR SAFETY: AN ELABORATION PERSPECTIVE ON COMMUNICATION IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Zachary David Miller

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New Methods to Estimate Abundance from Unmarked Populations Using Remote Camera Trap Data, Anna K. Moeller

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NUTRIENT ACQUISITION STRATEGIES IN TROPICAL RAIN FORESTS: NITROGEN AND PHOSPHORUS INTERACTIONS THROUGH PLANTMICROBIAL MUTUALISMS, Megan Kelly Nasto

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STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY AND PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF PONDEROSA PINE OVER TIME AFTER DEATH BETWEEN VECTORS OF MORTALITY, Edward J. O'Donnell

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DRIVERS AND FEEDBACKS OF THE FIRE-GRAZING INTERACTION IN THE NORTHERN GREAT PLAINS, Jacob E. Powell

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ASSESSING RIPARIAN ECOSYSTEM CONDITION AND MONITORING RECOVERY FROM NATURAL AND ANTHROPOGENIC DISTURBANCE, Rachel Powers

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LIMITED EVIDENCE FOR CO2-RELATED GROWTH ENHANCEMENT IN NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN PINUS CONTORTA POPULATIONS: TRENDS IN GROWTH AND INTRINSIC WATER-USE EFFICIENCY ACROSS CLIMATE GRADIENTS, Charlotte C. Reed

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GROWTH RESPONSE OF WHITEBARK PINE (PINUS ALBICAULIS) REGENERATION TO THINNING AND PRESCRIBED BURN RELEASE TREATMENTS, Molly L. McClintock Retzlaff

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ENHANCING CONSERVATION WITH HIGH RESOLUTION PRODUCTIVITY DATASETS FOR THE CONTERMINOUS UNITED STATES, Nathaniel Paul Robinson

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VIRTUALIZATION OF FUELBEDS: BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF FUELS DATA FOR MULTIPLE –SCALE FIRE MODELING AND ECOLOGICAL ANALYSIS, Eric Martin Rowell

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LINKING LANDSCAPE PATTERN TO POPULATION PROCESSES FOR A CARNIVOROUS MAMMAL, Keith Michael Slauson

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Coffee Certifications as Potential Pathways to Women’s Empowerment in Costa Rica, Laura N. Stein

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EXPLAINING AND MONITORING POPULATION PERFORMANCE IN GRIZZLY AND AMERICAN BLACK BEARS, Jeffrey Brian Stetz

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Response of Amphibian and Invertebrate Communities to Wetland Mitigation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Leah K. Swartz

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THE ECOLOGY OF MONTANE BENGAL TIGERS (Panthera tigris tigris) IN THE HIMALAYAN KINGDOM OF BHUTAN, Tshering Tempa

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Assessing the Character of Place to Guide Geotourism in Montana: A Case Study of Whitefish and White Sulphur Springs, Montana, Michael E. Tipton

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POTENTIAL CONTRASTS IN CO2 AND CH4 FLUX RESPONSE UNDER CHANGING CLIMATE CONDITIONS: A SATELLITE REMOTE SENSING DRIVEN ANALYSIS OF THE NET ECOSYSTEM CARBON BUDGET FOR ARCTIC AND BOREAL REGIONS, Jennifer D. Watts

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THE INFLUENCE OF TREE HEIGHT ON LIDAR’S ABILITY TO ACCURATELY CHARACTERIZE FOREST STRUCTURE AND SPATIAL PATTERN ACROSS REFERENCE LANDSCAPES, Haley L. Wiggins

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ENVIRONMENTAL DNA SAMPLING ACROSS EVOLUTIONARY AND SPATIAL SCALES, Taylor Matthew Wilcox

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QUANTIFYING THE ECOLOGICAL PROCESSES UNDERLYING COLLISIONS BETWEEN LARGE BALEEN WHALES AND LARGE SHIPS TO EVALUATE RISK, Sara Halley Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Bicycle Mobility in Glacier National Park: Assessing Going-to-the-Sun Road Travelers' Attitudes, Knowledge, and Perceptions of Bicycling, Brian G. Battaglia

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EVALUATION OF SOCIAL PREFERENCES FOR WOODY BIOMASS ENERGY IN THE US MOUNTAIN WEST, Robert Marshall Campbell

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POLITICAL ECOLOGY OF CORDYCEPS IN THE GARHWAL HIMALAYA OF NORTHERN INDIA, Laura Bess Caplins

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Long-Term Impacts of Fuel Treatments on Tree Growth and Aboveground Biomass Accumulation in Ponderosa Pine Forests of the Northern Rocky Mountains, Kate A. Clyatt

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CORE ZONES, LIVESTOCK AND POPULATION ECOLOGY OF ARGALI IN MONGOLIA’S GOBI STEPPE, Lars Stefan Ekernas

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EXPLORING PARK SUPPORT: A STUDY OF PHILANTHROPY AND OTHER SUPPORT FOR YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Geoffrey G. Havens

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Positive interactions in temperate and tropical alpine plant communities: the role of facilitation in species-specific interactions, invasion, and landscape-scale distribution, Nicole Hupp

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MULE DEER POPULATION DYNAMICS IN SPACE AND TIME: ECOLOGICAL MODELING TOOLS FOR MANAGING UNGULATES, Mark A. Hurley

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PREDICTING CLIMATE-INDUCED IMPACTS ON SEASONAL STREAM TEMPERATURES IN THE CROWN OF THE CONTINENT ECOSYSTEM, Leslie Anne Jones

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Synthesis of Satellite Microwave Observations for Monitoring Global Land-Atmosphere CO2 Exchange, Lucas Alan Jones

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AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMORY OF NATURE-BASED TOURISTS: FORMATION OF PLACE ATTACHMENT AND INFLUENCES ON VISITOR BEHAVIOR, Jacob Daniel Jorgenson

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IMPACTS OF RECREATIONAL AVIATION ON WILDLIFE: THE PHYSIOLOGICAL STRESS RESPONSE IN WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus) AND ASSOCIATED USER PERCEPTIONS, Devin W. Landry

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AGE-SPECIFIC MORTALITY AND ITS INFLUENCE ON PARENTAL CARE AND OFFSPRING BEHAVIORS, Juan Carlos Oteyza

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Human shields and redistribution of prey species complicate the utility of protected areas as ecological baselines, Wesley Sarmento