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 2012

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The Importance of Water-Based Ecosystem Services Derived from the Shoshone National Forest, Christopher Aden Armatas

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Collaborative Conservation of Taimen (Hucho taimen)Through Education and Awareness Khovsgol Aimag Mongolia, Daneil H. Bailey

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ASSESSING THE SHORT- AND LONG-TERM EFFECTIVENESS OF FOREST PLANNING WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILY FORESTS, Cynthia Ann Bertek

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Effects of Lithology, Structure and Stratigraphy on Surface Water Specific Electrical Conductance; South Fork of the Flathead River, Montana, Melissa A. Brickl

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Effects of Biotic Interactions on Climate-Growth Relationships of Douglas-Fir and Ponderosa Pine, Gunnar Carnwath

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Resource selection, predation risk, and population dynamics of woodland caribou, Nicholas James DeCesare

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Mountain pine beetle outbreaks in high elevation whitebark pine forests: the effects of tree host species and blister rust infection severity on beetle productivity, Edith Mary Dooley

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AN INQUIRY INTO ECO-LABELING: THE PROMISE OF PREDATOR FRIENDLY CERTIFICATION (PFC), Melissa Ellen Katherine Early

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Migratory Behavior and Survival of Adult Female Elk in a Partially Migratory Population, Scott Eggeman

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Wilderness, A Spiritual Antidote to the Everyday: A Phenomenology of Spiritual Experiences in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Ian Foster

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Modeling the potential impacts of climate change on streamflow variability in the North Fork of Elk Creek Experimental Watershed, West-Central, Montana, Katie Marie Jorgensen

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Impacts of mountain pine beetle outbreak on biogeochemical cycling in a high elevation whitebark pine ecosystem, Megan Keville

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Women's Views on Conservation-Based Income Generation and Women's Empowerment in Kwandu Conservancy in Caprivi, Namibia, Kathryn Elizabeth Khumalo

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Bison Conservation in the Northern Great Plains, Michel Thomas Kohl

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The effect of random and spatially explicit lightning and human-caused ignitions on simulated burn probabilities at small scales, James Lowery

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Private Property Owner Regard of Hazard Fuel Mitigation in the Wildland Urban Interface, Jennifer Ann Martynuik

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AMUR TIGER PREDATION AND ENERGETIC REQUIREMENTS IN THE RUSSIAN FAR EAST: NEW INSIGHTS FROM GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM COLLARS, Clayton Steele Miller

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Upper South Fork of the Flathead Users: What Social Setting Attributes are the Most Important?, Forest Waters Moulton

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NORTHERN RIVER OTTER POPULATION ASSESSMENT AND CONNECTIVITY IN WESTERN MONTANA, Darin Edward Newton

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Exploring visitor experiences along the Going-to-the-Sun corridor of Glacier National Park, Elena Nikolaeva

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BRUCELLOSIS TRANSMISSION BETWEEN WILDLIFE AND LIVESTOCK IN THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM: INFERENCES FROM DNA GENOTYPING, Michael Patrick O'Brien

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Core Selection by Wolf Packs in a Human-Dominated Landscape: A Case Study in the Mountains of Southern Poland, Nathan Alan Owens

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Spectral Identification of Wild Rice (Zizania palustris L.) Using Indigenous Knowledge and Landsat Multispectral Data, Michael Wassegijig Price

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Strategic Analysis Identifying Opportunities for Exporting Montana's Wood Products to China, Micah Scudder

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Conserving Montana's sagebrush highway: long distance migration in sage-grouse, Rebecca Elizabeth Smith

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Spatial regression methods capture prediction uncertainty in species distribution model projections through time, Alan Swanson

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Fire-on-Fire Interactions in Three Large Wilderness Areas, Casey Teske

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Assessment of Prediction Bias in Crown Biomass Equations for Important Conifer Species of the Inland Northwest, Brian Robert Turnquist

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Composition, Distribution, and Conservation of the Herpetofauna of Santa Barbara Mountain, Honduras, Alicia Marie Ward

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WHAT PREDICTS TERRESTRIAL INVERTEBRATE SUBSIDY USE BY BROOK TROUT (SALVELINUS FONTINALIS) IN HEADWATER STREAMS?, Matthew Kestrel Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Assessing Efficacy of Restoration Treatments in Juniper Savannas using Spatial Wavelets and Dot Grids on Aerial Photography, Erik James Apland

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Whitebarkpine Forest Restoration: Cultural Perspectives from Blackfoot Confederacy Members, Kodi Jae Augare-Estey

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Modeling risk of hunting pressure on large mammals in northwestern Argentina, Loretta Kathleen Baker

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Conservation genetics of sauger in the upper Missouri River drainage, Daniel Michael Bingham

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Assessing the effects of field plot size and stand structure on forest inventory estimates derived from laser altimetry data, Jody Paul Bramel

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Wolves and Livestock: A review of tools to deter livestock predation and a case study of a proactive wolf conflict mitigation program developed in the Blackfoot Valley, Montana, Peter Douglas Brown

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Variation in tree mortality and regeneration affect forest carbon recovery following fuel treatments and wildfire, Christopher Hale Carlson

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MANAGEMENT AND LIFE HISTORY CONSEQUENCES OF HYBRIDIZATION BETWEEN WESTSLOPE CUTTHROAT TROUT (ONCORHYNCHUS CLARKII LEWISI) AND RAINBOW TROUT (ONCORHYNCHUS MYKISS), Matthew Philip Corsi

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OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS TO COMMUNITY FORESTS FOR LOCAL INCOME GENERATION AND LIVELIHOOD: A CASE STUDY OF FOUR COMMUNITY FORESTS IN BUMTHANG DISTRICT, BHUTAN, WANGCHUK DORJI

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Opposition and Barriers to Conservation Easements: Insights from Montana Landowners, Alayna S. DuPont

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Assessing the Potential of Scenario Planning as a Public Participation Tool for Public Land Managers, Matthew K. Ehrman

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From Crop to Cup; The Plight of Coffee, Dana Lynn Foster

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Interactive effects of wildfire and disturbance history on amphibians and their parasites, Blake Roger Hossack

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MULTISCALE EFFECTS OF FOREST ROADS ON BLACK BEARS (URSUS AMERICANUS), Benjamin S. Jimenez

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Effects of different canopy tree species on belowground biogeochemistry in a wet lowland tropical forest, Adrienne Blair Keller

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Experimental litterfall manipulation effects on soil bacterial community structure and soil carbon cycling in a wet tropical forest, Jonathan Winston Leff

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CAN SHEEP CONTROL LEAFY SPURGE WITHOUT COMPROMISING EFFORTS TO RESTORE NATIVE PLANTS?, Eva S. Masin

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Essential Elements of Ecological Literacy and the Pathways to Achieve It: Perspectives of Ecologists, Brooke Baldauf McBride

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Incentives and disincentives of adolescent girls participation in outdoor activities and recommendations for practitioners, Sarah Anne Megyesi

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Future potential net primary production trends of contiguous United States rangelands, Adam LaSalle Moreno

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Governance of Community-Based Ecotourism in Bhutan: A Case Study of Nabji Trail in Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, Ugyen Namgyel

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Puma Dispersal Ecology in the Central Rocky Mountains, Jesse R. Newby

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GENETIC POPULATION STRUCTURE AND CONSERVATION OF BULL TROUT IN THE EAST FORK BITTERROOT RIVER DRAINAGE, MONTANA, Leslie Grace Nyce

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THE EFFECTS OF LARGE HERBIVORES ON SMALL MAMMAL COMMUNITIES, PLANTS AND ECOSYSTEM PROCESSES IN NORTHERN ARIZONA, Elliott Wentworth Reed Parsons

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Factors influencing the distribution of late-seral woody species along the upper Missouri River in central Montana, Kali Grace Pennick

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A CENTURY OF CHANGE IN FOREST STRUCTURE AND FIRE REGIME CONDITION CLASS IN A WESTERN MONTANA PONDEROSA PINE DOUGLAS-FIR FOREST, Robert Michael Rich

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Evaluating Community Forestry in Huai Lu Luang, Thailand, Kimberly Beth Roberts

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FUELWOOD CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION IN ALPINE BHUTAN: A CASE STUDY OF RESOURCE USE AND IMPLICATIONS FOR CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT IN WANGCHUK CENTENNIAL PARK, Wangchuk Sangay

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Application of Randomized Branch Sampling to Conifer Trees: Estimating Crown Biomass, Ryan Michael Schlecht

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A Case Study of Problems and Possibilities in the Establishment of a Guide Training Institute in Uttarakhand, India, Benjamin Schwartz

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Winter habitat use by mule deer in Idaho and Montana, Sonja M. Smith

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TRIBAL RESERVED RIGHTS ON REGION ONE NATIONAL FORESTS AND GRASSLANDS, Robin Mark Stewart

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Heterogeneity of Stand Structure, Fuels, and Wildfire Hazard in Dry and Moist Old-Growth Ponderosa Pine Forests: Case Studies from Western Montana, Kyle Crosby Stover

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Efficacy of Riparian Revegetation Projects in the Inland Pacific Northwest, Susan Wall

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Distribution, Use and Cultural Meanings of Ciprés de Las Guaitecas in the Vicinity of Caleta Tortel, Chile, Kyla Sara Zaret

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A Comparative Analysis between Knowledge and Bear Safety Information Utilization by Day Hikers in Glacier National Park, Phillip Wayne Zumstein

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Evaluating population estimates of mountain goats based on citizen science, Jami J. Belt

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Are black bears declining in Montana? Inference from multiple data sources in the face of uncertainty, Julie Ann Beston

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Evaluating and Comparing Montana's Geotravelers, Dylan Michael Boyle

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The Missoula Poplar Project: Utilizing Poplars to Enhance Wastewater Treatment, Heath Nicolas Carey

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The Faithful Skeptics: Conservative Christian Religious Beliefs and Perceptions of Climate Change, Wylie Allen Carr

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Climate Change, Gene Flow, and the Legendary Synchrony of Snowshoe Hares, Ellen Cheng

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HUMAN PREDATION RISK AND ELK BEHAVIOR IN HETEROGENEOUS LANDSCAPES, Shawn M. Cleveland

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Spatio-temporal optimization of tree removal to efficiently minimize crown fire potential, Marco A. Contreras

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DOUBLE SAMPLING FOR COARSE WOODY DEBRIS ESTIMATIONS FOLLOWING LINE INTERSECT SAMPLING, Allissa Corrow

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BIOLOGICAL CONTROL: EFFECTS OF TYRIA JACOBAEAE ON THE POPULATION DYNAMICS OF SENECIO JACOBAEA IN NORTHWEST MONTANA, Kimberly Kay Crider

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Summer wolf diet in northwestern Montana, Jonathan Derbridge

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Ruffled Feathers: Shared narratives in the sage-grouse management conflict in Sublette County, Wyoming, Maureen A. Essen

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INSTREAM FLOW RIGHTS ON NATIONAL FOREST LANDS IN MONTANA, ANDREW MARIAS FISCHER

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Assessing the Accuracy of Lidar as a Forest Inventory Tool Using Individual Stem Identification and Attribution, Luke Floch

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Factors that influence ponderosa pine duff mound consumption, Emily Claire Garlough

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Short-term effects of wildfire on Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep habitat ecology, Lacey Greene

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Quantifying Trends In our National Parks: A Landscape Level Analysis of Climate Change and Ecosystem Productivity, Jessica R. Haas

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FUELS MANAGEMENT POLICY AND PRACTICE IN THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE, Erik K. Hakanson

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Escaping the extinction vortex: identifying factors affecting population performance and recovery in endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, Heather Elizabeth Johnson

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AUGUST STREAM DISCHARGE TRENDS PORTEND IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE NORTHERN ROCKIES, Jason Christopher Leppi

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IMPORTANCE OF SLOW EMBRYONIC DEVELOPMENT IN OFFSPRING AND ADULT IMMUNE FUNCTION, Ania Aleksandra Majewska

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Population dynamics of the Columbia spotted frog (Rana luteiventris): inference from long-term demography, Rebecca Marie Wahl McCaffery

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Human-black bear interactions in Missoula Montana, Jerod A. Merkle

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Gender, Body, and Wilderness: searching for refuge, connection, and ecological belonging, Angela Marie Meyer

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MOVEMENTS, ACTIVITY RANGE, HABITAT USE, AND CONSERVATION OF THE JAMAICAN (YELLOW) BOA, EPICRATES SUBFLAVUS, Erika Elise Miersma

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Territoriality and Scent Marking Behavior of African Wild Dogs in Northern Botswana, Margaret Parker

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Resource selection and abundance estimation of moose: Implications for caribou recovery in a human altered landscape, Wibke Peters

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Assessing cumulative human impacts on northern woodland caribou with traditional ecological knowledge and resource selection functions, Jean Lieppert Polfus

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An assessment of factors influencing territory size and the use of hunter surveys for monitoring wolves in Montana, Lindsey Noel Rich

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Social Acceptance of Woody Biomass Energy: Expectations, Risks, and Uncertainties in Montana, John Phillip Todd

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Using Airborne Laser Altimetry to Characterize Surface Fuels in Western Montana, Tim E. Wallace

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Maintaining the Ninth Circuit's Clarified Arbitrary and Capricious Standard of Review after Lands Council v. McNair, Ryan George Weldon

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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ASSESSING THE PERFORMANCE OF SAMPLING DESIGNS FOR MEASURING ABUNDANCE OF UNDERSTORY PLANTS AFTER FOREST RESTORATION, Ilana Abrahamson

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RECREATION ALLOCATIONS ON NATIONAL FORESTS: THE CLAIMS AND FRAMES OF RECREATIONISTS, John C. Adams