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 2022

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GENETIC RESCUE OF ISOLATED CUTTHROAT TROUT, Donovan Alexander Bell

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CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS: IDENTIFYING PREDICTORS AND AUDIENCES FOR COLLECTIVE CLIMATE ACTION, Nathan Scott Bender

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Looking to the Future of Wildlife Conservation: Durable Wildlife Policy for the 21st Century, Charlie R. Booher

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FACILITATING AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES MANAGEMENT USING SATELLITE REMOTE SENSING AND MACHINE LEARNING FRAMEWORKS, Sean C. Carter

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DERIVING SURFACE FUELS FROM UAS IMAGERY FORFIRE MODELS, Matthew R. Cunningham

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EVALUATING THE MANAGEMENT AND CONSEQUENCES OF HYBRIDIZATION BETWEEN NONNATIVE RAINBOW TROUT AND NATIVE WESTSLOPE CUTTHROAT TROUT, Anthony James Dangora

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SPATIAL BEHAVIOR, FORAGING, AND POPULATION DYNAMICS OF A SUBARCTIC UNGULATE, Elizabeth (Libby) Parr Williamson Ehlers

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LiDAR-Landsat Covariance for Predicting Canopy Fuels, Margaret D. Epstein

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The Genetic and Demographic Outcomes of Mixed-Source Reintroductions of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in Montana, Colter Austin Feuerstein

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SMALL AREA ESTIMATION OF POSTFIRE TREE DENSITY IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES USING AN ANNUALIZED FOREST INVENTORY, George Chilton Gaines III

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The Transfer of Federal Public Lands to Tribal Trust Ownership: Statutes and Cases from 1970 - 2020, Audrey L. Glendenning

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RETHINKING RARE: NOVEL APPROACHES TO RARE SPECIES MONITORING AND CONSERVATION, Jessie Deanne Golding

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CAUSES AND CONSQUENCES OF FIRE IN FOREST ECOSYSTEMS OF THE SELWAY-BITTERROOT WILDERNESS, Melissa Jaffe

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Climbing Management on National Forests, Christopher Ryan MacKay

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Ecological effects of prescribed burning, mechanical cutting, and post-treatment wildfire for restoration of Pinus albicaulis, Enzo Paolo Martelli Moya

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GROWING TINY PLANTS IN COMMON ENVIRONMENTS: ASSESSING PATTERNS AND MECHANISMS OF DROUGHT RESPONSE WITHIN SPECIES, Mariah Kathryn McIntosh

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Conservation in Ecuador's Sangay-Podocarpus Connectivity Corridor: A Study of Coproductive Capacities, Gabriel Isaac Oppler

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UNDERSTANDING THE UTILIZATION OF WOODY BIOMASS THROUGH THE PERSPECTIVES OF SOUTHWEST UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE LAND MANAGERS: A QUALITATIVE STUDY, Mary-Ellen Reyna

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RANCHER PERSPECTIVES ON LIVELIHOOD DIVERSIFICATION OPTIONS IN MONTANA'S BLACKFOOT RIVER WATERSHED, Sara N. Schmidt

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Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change: How Montana Farmers Make Proactive Changes Despite Unpredictable Conditions, Austin Schuver

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Feeling the Burn: Assessing the Effects of Fire Severity on Elk Nutritional Resources and Resource Selection, Lauren Ashley Snobl

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In the Shadow of the Megadrought: Opportunities and Challenges for Addressing Loss and Damage from Climate Change in Chile and Eastern Montana, USA, Elizabeth Grace Tobey

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EVALUATING THE USE OF CAMERA TRAPS TO MONITOR POPULATIONS OF UNGULATE PREY IN THE RUSSIAN FAR EAST, Scott Johnston Waller, Jedediah Brodie, Dale G. Miquelle, Hugh Robinson, and Mark Hebblewhite

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Relationships Between Water, Sediment, Basal Resources, and Aquatic Insects in a Mine-Contaminated River on a Longitudinal and Habitat Patch Scale, Chelsea A. Wisotzkey

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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LARGE CARNIVORE RECOLONIZATION RESHAPES POPULATION AND COMMUNITY DYNAMICS IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS: IMPLICATIONS FOR HARVEST MANAGEMENT, Tyler James Clark

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Monitoring the wetland landscape: white-faced ibis (Plegadis chihi) breeding habitat as a model assemblage, Shea P. Coons

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THE PLACE OF COMMUNITY FOOD FORESTS: A REVIEW AND CASE STUDY OF COMMUNITY FOOD FORESTS AND THEIR UNTAPPED POTENTIAL, Sarah Eiden

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Transboundary Marine Management in the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape, Lindsey G. Ellett

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Wildlife-Friendly Fence Policy on Federal Public Lands Managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, Joshua D. Elliott

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EFFECTS OF WOLF AND GRIZZLY BEAR RECOVERY ON COUGARS IN A MULTI-USE SYSTEM, Jennifer A. Feltner

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SERVICE LEARNING, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, AND THE TOURISM SECTOR IN CONFLICT-AFFECTED BAMYAN, AFGHANISTAN, Kelly Elizabeth Franklin

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SUSTAINABILITY IN A CHANGING LANDSCAPE: IDENTIFYING THE EFFECTS OF LAND USE ON VEGETATION AND MAMMAL COMMUNITIES, Christopher Paul Hansen

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From the Eyes of Yellowstone National Park Visitors: Current and Future Desired Conditions, Glenna J. Hartman

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A REINTRODUCTION RETROSPECTIVE: COMPARATIVE FISHER (PEKANIA PENNANTI) SURVIVAL AND PREY HABITAT USE IN THE CASCADE MOUNTAINS OF WASHINGTON STATE, Tanner S.T. Humphries

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Nitrogen Dynamics and Transport along Flowpaths in a Rural Wetland-Stream Complex, Colton Kyro

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SPECIES SELECTION AND PLANTATION MANAGEMENT IN ENRICHMENT PLANTING WITH NATIVE TIMBER SPECIES IN THE PANAMA CANAL WATERSHED, Abigail A. Marshall

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UNGULATES SEARCH FOR THE IDEAL HOME: HOW PREDATION AND FORAGE DIFFERENTIALLY AFFECT MALES AND FEMALES IN A PARTIALLY MIGRATORY POPULATION, Hans William Martin

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ESTIMATING WOLF PREDATION METRICS, PATTERNS, AND DYNAMICS ACROSS TIME AND SPACE IN THE MULTI-PREY SYSTEM OF YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Matthew Caldwell Metz

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EFFECTS OF WEATHER, PARENTAL BEHAVIORAL PLASTICITY, AND LIFE HISTORY TRAITS ON OFFSPRING GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT, AND ENERGY EXPENDITURE IN SONGBIRDS, Adam Elliot Mitchell

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COMMUNITY-BASED DEER MANAGEMENT: A CASE STUDY IN MISSOULA, MT, Taylor Ingle Mudford

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LINKING HABITAT, POPULATIONS AND POLICY FOR CARIBOU IN THE FACE OF INCREASING DISTURBANCE, Eric Charles Palm

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CONCENTRATION AND COMPOSITION OF NANOPARTICLES AND COLLOIDAL PARTICLES IN A MINE-WASTE CONTAMINATED RIVER, Kaitlin Rose Perkins

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ALL IN DUE TIME: MULTI-TRAIT ASSESSMENT OF ELK ACCLIMATION TO TRANSLOCATION, Ellen Marie Pero

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CONTROLS ON NO3-N DYNAMICS IN THE UPPER CLARK FORK RIVER, MONTANA, Jacob Anthony Prater

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Investigating Surface Temperature from First Principles: Seedling Survival, Microclimate Buffering, and Implications for Forest Regeneration, Robin Rank

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Sula study revisited: 20-year post-fire regeneration in the southern Bitterroot Valley, Montana., Luke Alan Rymniak

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EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NATURE CONNECTEDNESS AND BELONGING WITH PRO-ENVIRONMENTAL BEHAVIOR IN BRAZILIAN NATIONAL PARKS, Sonia Maria Sfair Kinker

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MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION OF WESTSLOPE CUTTHROAT TROUT IN AN IMPACTED, CONNECTED RIVER SYSTEM, Troy Weant Smith

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ECOTOXICOLOGICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF SALINITY ON AMPHIBIANS, Brian James Tornabene

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Learning from wilderness fire: restoring landscape scale patterns and processes, Julia Kittleson Berkey

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Shuttles in Wonderland: Assessing the Perceived Impact to Residents’ Quality of Life Based on the Proposed Implementation of a Voluntary Shuttle System in West Yellowstone, MT, Carter Wyatt Bermingham

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DEVELOPING TOOLS TO UNDERSTAND STRESS AND NEST ABANDONMENT IN BIRDS, Hannah Elena Beyl

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DECOUPLED DIEL SOLUTES: LINKING PRIMARY PRODUCTION AND NITRATE UPTAKE IN A MONTANE STREAM, Kimberly Bray

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Using Satellite Observations of Soil Moisture to Improve Modeling of Terrestrial Water Cycles, Colin W. Brust

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Investigating Wildfire as a Catalyst for Community-Level Resilience, Lily J. Clarke

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An Exploration of the Adaptive Capacity of Community-Based Organizations in Northern Botswana in Response to a Hunting Ban, Katherine Kellam Coe

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Understanding Native American Hemp Production, Cynthia M. Coleman

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Water for Fish and Farms: An Examination of Instream Flow Programs in Montana Using Spatially-Explicit Water Rights Data, Anna Leigh Crockett

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A NON-REPRESENTATIONAL FOCUS ON WILDERNESS AFFECT, Mark Lane Douglas

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Influence of Livestock and Electrified Fences on Livestock Depredation and Habitat Selection by Grizzly Bears in the Mission Valley, Montana, Kari Lynn Eneas

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INFLUENCE OF LOCALLY PRODUCED WOOD BIOCHAR ON SOIL NITROGEN AND PHOSPHORUS DYNAMICS IN THE NORTHWESTERN US, Si Gao

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Organizational Influence on Knowledge Co-production, Evora Dakota Glenn

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GOLDEN EAGLE RESOURCE SELECTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL DRIVERS OF REPRODUCTION IN THE NORTHERN RANGE OF YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, David Brown Haines

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TRIBAL CONSULTATION POLICY AND PRACTICE:A CASE STUDY OF THE CONFEDERATED SALISH AND KOOTENAI TRIBES AND NMISULETKʷ (THE MIDDLE FORK OF THE CLARK FORK RIVER) AS A TRIBAL TRUST RESOURCE, Jennifer J. Harrington

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Resource Selection and Calving Success of Moose in Colorado, Forest P. Hayes

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Managing Forest Disturbances: Effects on Mule Deer and Plant Communities in Montana's Northern Forests, Teagan Ann Hayes

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OPTIMIZING THE USE OF WILDLIFE MONITORING RESOURCES, Charles Raymond Henderson Jr.

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Public satisfaction with forest management in western Montana: an evaluation of trust and public engagement, Haley R. Hodge

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MODELING HYDROLOGIC IMPACTS OF TRIBAL WATER RIGHTS QUANTIFICATION AND SETTLEMENT ON THE FLATHEAD INDIAN IRRIGATION PROJECT, Jordan Andrew Jimmie

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ADAPTIVE HARVEST MANAGEMENT OF WOLVES: THE ROLE OF RECRUITMENT AND HIERARCHICAL DEMOGRAPHY IN POPULATION DYNAMICS OF A SOCIAL CARNIVORE, Allison Christine Keever

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FINDING FISHERS: DETERMINING THE DISTRIBUTION OF A RARE FOREST MESOCARNIVORE IN THE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS, Jessica M. Krohner

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BIOTIC AND ABIOTIC DRIVERS OF ACYCLIC SNOWSHOE HARE POPULATION DYNAMICS IN A SPATIOTEMPORALLY COMPLEX SYSTEM, Alexander Vishvamitra Kumar

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A CONSERVATION MARKETING TOOLKIT: SYSTEMATIC LITERATURE MAPPING, MICROTARGETING CONSERVATION EASEMENTS, AND CONSERVATION CORRIDOR PRIORITIZATION, Hannah Josie Leonard

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Global and Regional Perspectives on Large-Landscape and Transboundary Conservation, Sanober R. Mirza

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Bird and Native Bee Responses to Habitat Treatments, Emily Bea Oja

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Selection of Forage and Avoidance of Predation Risk by Partially Migratory Mule Deer, Collin Jeffrey Peterson

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Wilderness Recreation Trends and Impacts: A Case Study of the Sawtooth Wilderness, Chelsea E. Phillippe

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Creating a Conservation Corridor in Coastal Ecuador: Constraints and Opportunities for Integrative Agroforestry, Lucille M.F. Rice

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Understanding and Measuring Net Positive Business Strategies, Luke Ruffner Robinson

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QUANTIFYING THE EFFECTS OF NON-NATIVE RAINBOW TROUT (ONCOHYNCHUS MYKISS) HYBRIDIZATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ON FITNESSRELATED TRAITS OF WESTSLOPE CUTTHROAT TROUT (ONCORHYNCHUS CLARKII LEWISI), Jeffrey Thomas Strait

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Food Web Effects of Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) Invasion in Northwestern Montana, Charles Wainright

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IMPACTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL VARIABLES ON DEER MOUSE SURVIVAL IN THE SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES, Emily C. Weidner

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The Tongass Futures Roundtable: Distrust, Inequity, and Collaboration in Southeast Alaska, Hannah M. Wilson

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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QUANTIFYING COAT COLOR PHENOLOGY OF SYMPATRIC SNOWSHOE HARES AND WEASELS, Brandon Murray Davis

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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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ESTIMATES OF FOREST CHARACTERISTICS DERIVED FROM REMOTELY SENSED IMAGERY AND FIELD SAMPLES: APPLICABLE SCALES, APPROPRIATE STUDY DESIGN, AND RELEVANCE TO FOREST MANAGEMENT, John S. Hogland

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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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Understanding Tourism Within a Social-Ecological System: Ometepe Island, Nicaragua, Chelsea Leigh Leven

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Assessing the Robustness of Time-to-Event Abundance Estimation, Kenneth E. Loonam

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SOIL MOISTURE DRIVES CANOPY WATER CONTENT DYNAMICS IN THE WESTERN U.S., Drew S. Lyons

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METHODS FOR ESTIMATING MOUNTAIN GOAT OCCUPANCY AND ABUNDANCE, Molly McDevitt

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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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PATTERNS OF WILDFIRE RISK IN THE UNITED STATES FROM SYSTEMATIC OPERATIONAL RISK ASSESSMENTS – HOW RISK IS CHARACTERIZED BY LAND MANAGERS, Erin Kathleen Noonan-Wright

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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