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 2009

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Effects of Barriers on Migratory Bull Trout and Application of a Conceptual Framework to Evaluate Tradeoffs Associated with Dam Removal in the Clearwater River Drainage, Montana, Aubree Benson

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Does nest size constrain clutch size? A tropical-temperate test, Atilio Luis Biancucci

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Geotourism in the Crown of the Continent: Developing and Testing the Geotourism Survey Instrument, Bertram Bynum Boley

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A Methodology for Planning Road Best Management Practices Combining WEPP: Road Erosion Modeling and Simulated Annealing Optimization, James Anderson Efta

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Barriers to E-Learning Job Training: Government Employee Experiences in an Online Wilderness Management Course, Lisa Ayrdrie Kathleen Eidson

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RESTORATION OF NATIVE PLANT COMMUNITIES AFTER ROAD DECOMMISSIONING: EFFECT OF SEED MIX AND SOIL PROPERTIES ON VEGETATIVE ESTABLISHMENT, Ashley Stevenson Grant

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CHANGES IN FIRE SEASON PRECIPITATION IN IDAHO AND MONTANA FROM 1982-2006 , Ann Marie Hadlow

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The use of roll-off bins and a hook-lift equipped harwarder and truck for forest biomass utilization, Aaron Elliott Kash

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Assessing Ethnobotanical Knowledge and Resources to Develop a Sustainable Management Plan for the Lokaro Reserve in Southeast, Madagascar, Ashley Davis Lehman

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Spatial population dynamics of recolonizing wolves in the Western Alps, Francesca Marucco

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State-wide assessment of status, predicted distribution, and landscape-level habitat suitability of amphibians and reptiles in Montana, Bryce Alan Maxell

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The influence of an ecosystem engineer on nutrient subsidies and fish invasions in southwestern Montana, Magnus McCaffery

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NONINVASIVE GENETIC SAMPLING REVELAS BLACK BEAR POPULATION DYNAMICS DRIVEN BY CHANGES IN FOOD PRODUCTIVITY, Barbara McCall

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Effects of Overstory Retention and Understory Vegetation on Small Tree Height Growth in the Inland Northwest, Ryan Partrick McHugh

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SOCIAL VALUES FOR ATTRIBUTES AT RISK FROM WILDFIRE IN NORTHWEST MONTANA, Derek Timothy O'Donnell

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The Development and Testing of a Relational Model of Competence in the Context of Nature-Based Tourism, Christine Marie Oschell

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Forest Habitat Improvement Planning on the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area: A Case Study in Multiple Criteria Decision-Analysis, Christine Ann Paulu

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KNOWING THE NATURAL WORLD: THE CONSTRUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT EVOLUTION IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM, Alison Emily Havard Perkins

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Genetic population structure and dispersal of two North American woodpeckers in ephemeral habitats, Jennifer Christy Pierson

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The House That Smokey Built: The Forest Service Management of Historic Structures in Wilderness, Molly Michelle Ryan

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Cumulative Effects Analysis in U.S. Forest Service Decision-Making, Courtney Allison Schultz

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A REVIEW OF APPEALS AND LITIGATION OVER TIMBER SALES BETWEEN 1999 AND 2008 ON THE LOLO NATIONAL FOREST, Matthew Shaffer

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Territoriality and habitat selection of feral pigs on Fort Benning, Georgia, USA, William DeRoche Sparklin

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Glucocorticoid physiology and behavior during life history transitions in Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), Rachel Seabury Sprague

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Identification of Tree Species in Mixed Conifer Forests Using Laser Altimetry, Agus Suratno

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SAGE-GROUSE AND THE HUMAN FOOTPRINT: IMPLICATIONS FOR CONSERVATION OF SMALL AND DECLINING POPULATIONS, Jason Duane Tack

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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CONSERVATION AND STATUS OF MARKHOR (Capra falconeri) IN THE NORTHEN PARTS OF NORTH WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, PAKISTAN, Sajjad Ali

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An Evaluation of Visitor Decisions Regarding Alternative Transportation in Glacier National Park, Melissa Lynn Baker

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Carbon Storage in Old-Growth Western Larch (Larix occidentalis) Forests of Western Montana, Sarah M. Bisbing

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Fire in My Backyard: Place Meanings and Landowner Views on Fire and Fuels Management on the Kootenai National Forest, MT, Michael Anthony Cacciapaglia

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Differential growth of body components among coexisting passerines in response to nest predation risk, Yi-Ru Cheng

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Human Bonds with Public Wildland Places: Segmenting Communities to Inform Natural Resource Management, Neal A. Christensen

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Social Capital and Vanua: Challenges to Governance Development in a Community-Based Natural Resource Management Project in Cuvu Tikina, Fiji Islands, Paul David Clark

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"Blackfeet Belong to the Mountains": Blackfeet Relationships with the Glacier National Park Landscape and Institution, David R. Craig

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MALLARD NESTING ECOLOGY IN THE GREAT LAKES, Jonas Ian Davis

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Causes and Consequences of Displacement Decision-making in Banhine National Park, Mozambique, Chad Edward Dear

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SAGE-GROUSE AND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT: INTEGRATING SCIENCE WITH CONSERVATION PLANNING TO REDUCE IMPACTS, Kevin Eric Doherty

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Dynamic human relationships with wilderness: Developing a relationship model, Bob G. Dvorak

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Spatial population dynamics of western painted turtles in a wetland ecosystem in northwestern Montana, Kathleen Ann Griffin

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Demography and ecology of a declining endemic: The Olympic marmot, Suzanne Cox Griffin

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A Demographic and Landscape Analysis for Common Loons in Northwest Montana, Christopher Allan Moanikeala Hammond

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The Methane Range: Coalbed Methane Development, Sage-Grouse protection, and The Ranching Way of Life, Jonathan George Hayes

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Relationships between flood frequency and riparian plant community structure in mountain streams of western Montana, Motoshi Honda

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Hierarchical summer habitat selection by the North American porcupine in western Montana, Katie Ann Mally

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Evaluating the Design and Management of Community-Based Ecotourism Projects in Guatemala, Kassandra Lynne Miller

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SPATIAL VARIABILITY IN FOREST FUELS: SIMULATION MODELING AND EFFECTS ON FIRE BEHAVIOR, Russell Andrew Parsons

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A Landscape Approach to Grassland Bird Conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region of the Northern Great Plains, Frank Royce Quamen

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Interpretive Technology in Parks: A study of visitor experience with portable multimedia devices, Lee Gregory Rademaker

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Park Visitors and the Natural Soundscape: Winter Experience Dimensions in Yellowstone National Park, Shelley Walker Saxen

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Sex-specific investment in incubation and the reproductive biology of two tropical antbird species, Brian A. Schwartz

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AGRICULTURAL CERTIFICATIONS AND BEEKEEPING: LESSONS FROM AN APICULTURAL COOPERATIVE IN NORTHEASTERN EL SALVADOR, CENTRAL AMERICA, Jason Andrew Seagle

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Capitalization of Environmental Amenities and Wildfire in Private Home Values of the Wildland Urban Interface of Northwest Montana, USA, Kyle Matthew Stetler

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Using Noninvasive Genetic Sampling to Assess and Monitor Grizzly Bear Population Status in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, Jeffrey Brian Stetz

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GRIZZLY BEAR REINTRODUCTION: UNDERSTANDING STAKEHOLDER INTERESTS IN THE SELWAY-BITTERROOT ECOSYSTEM SOUTH OF THE SALMON RIVER, Colleen Elizabeth Teevin

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TEACHING WILDLIFE BIOLOGY IN BHUTAN: DEVELOPMENT OF WILDLIFE BIOLOGY CURRICULUM AND TEACHING MODULES, Tshering Tempa

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Greater Sage-Grouse Response to Coal-Bed Natural Gas Development and West Nile Virus in the Powder River Basin, Montana and Wyoming, USA, Brett Lincoln Walker

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Conservation of Pheasants in North West Frontier Province, Pakistan, Iftikhar uz Zaman

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Integrated Modeling of Long-Term Vegetation and Hydrologic Dynamics in Rocky Mountain Watersheds, Robert Steven Ahl

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The Effects of Forest Fires on Runoff Rates: The Role of Duff Removal and Surface Sealing by Vegetative Ash, Western Montana, Victoria Balfour

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MULTI-PARTNER MUTUALISMS: INTERACTIONS AMONG THE MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE AND TWO OPHIOSTOMATOID FUNGAL ASSOCIATES, Katherine Patricia Bleiker

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ASSESSING FOREST RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND RESOLVING PRODUCTIVITY MEASUREMENTS ACROSS SPATIAL SCALES, Céline Boisvenue

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Remote Sensing Applications to Support Sustainable Natural Resource Management, Charles Kenneth Brewer

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Free living nitrogen-fixation in ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir forests in western Montana, Tricia Burgoyne

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HIV/AIDS AND CONSERVATION AGENCY CAPACITY IN SOUTHERN AFRICA: PERCEPTIONS OF CRITICAL IMPACTS, BARRIERS, AND INTERVENTION STRATEGIES, Jennifer Ann Cash

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Spatial and Temporal Relationships of Adult Male Black Bears to Roads in Northwest Montana, 2003-2004, Tonya Chilton-Radandt

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PILOT STUDY ON THE PREDICTION OF HEART ROT IN APPARENTLY SOUND WESTERN LARCH, Angela Daenzer

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Assessing the Effectiveness of a Place-based Conservation Education Program by Applying Utilization-focused Evaluation, Alice B. Flowers

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DEVELOPMENT OF FECAL DNA SAMPLING METHODS TO ASSESS GENETIC POPULATION STRUCTURE OF GREATER YELLOWSTONE BISON, Florence Marie Gardipee

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Responses of western toads (Bufo boreas) to changes in terrestrial habitat resulting from wildfire, C. Gregory Guscio

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First-year growth and survival of habitat revegetation trials on the lower Colorado River, Mexico, Stephen Dwight Handler

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Constraints and Opportunities of Conservation Easements as a Tool for Agricultural Preservation in the Blackfoot Valley, Montana, Megan Huth

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ASSESSMENT OF WHITEBARK PINE SEEDLING SURVIVAL FOR ROCKY MOUNTAIN PLANTINGS, Deborah Kay Izlar

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KNOWLEDGE AND USE OF NATIVE TREES BY LOCAL FOREST USERS: IMPLICATIONS FOR A PHILIPPINE PROTECTED AREA, Noah Jackson

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Satellite Microwave Remote Sensing of Boreal-Arctic Land Surface State and Meteorology from AMSR-E, Lucas Alan Jones

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Influence of Mycorrhizal Inoculation Treatments on Native Tree and Shrub Survival in a Floodplain, Flathead Indian Reservation, T. Rene Kittle

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Conservation of leopards in Ayubia National Park, Pakistan, Asad Lodhi

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Ecological Process and the Blister Rust Epidemic: Cone Production, Cone Predation, and Seed Dispersal in Whitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis), Shawn Thomas McKinney

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INFLUENCE OF EMBRYONIC METABOLIC RATE AND INCUBATION TEMPERATURE ON INCUBATION LENGTH VARIATION IN NEOTROPICAL PASSERINES, Alina Maria Niklison

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Forests and Farming: An analysis of rural livelihood programs for poverty reduction in eastern Zambia, Garrett Kenneth Olson

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CAUSE SPECIFIC MORTALITY OF DESERT BIGHORN SHEEP LAMBS IN THE FRA CRISTOBAL MOUNTAINS, NEW MEXICO, USA, Zachary David Parsons

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Action-Oriented Sustainable Agriculture Education: Attitudes Towards Nutrition and Agricultural Practices in Guaimaca, Honduras, Sarah Lynne Potenza

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Community Forestry Education in the Swan Valley, MT: Contributions of Northwest Connections' Field Program, Joanna Elizabeth Seibert

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A cost effectiveness analysis of preventative mitigation options for wildland urban interface homes threatened by wildfire, Keith Douglas Stockmann

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Modeling the Cumulative Effects of Forest Fire on Watershed Hydrology: A Post-fire Application of the Distributed Hydrology-Soil-Vegetation Model (DHSVM), Crystal S. Stonesifer

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Legitimacy and the Use of Natural Resources in Kruger National Park, South Africa, Randy Tanner

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Assessment of potential agroforestry systems for Kafuta: A village in the Western Division of The Gambia, Justina Marie Toth

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Estimating Site Productivity from Non-Site Trees: A Site Index Based Approach, Charles Edward Vopicka

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BLM Land Use Planning in Western Oregon: A Case Study for Integrating Public Participation in Natural Resources Planning, Emily Ruth West

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Monitoring Program and Assessment of Coyote Predation for Olympic Marmots, Julia Judyta Witczuk

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Symbiotic fungi and the mountain pine beetle: Beetle mycophagy and fungal interactions with parasitoids and microorganisms, Aaron S. Adams

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Ecosystem engineering: beaver and the population structure of Columbia spotted frogs in western Montana, Stephen Joseph Amish

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Spatial variability of soil hydrophobicity after wildfire, Anna Chapman Birkas

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Biodiversity and conservation of Sierra Chinaja: A rapid assessment of biophysical socioeconomic and management factors in Alta Verapaz Guatemala, Curan A. Bonham

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Sustainability of commercial woodcraft production in Mision Chaquena, Argentina| A preliminary assessment, Thaden E. Brient

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Charcoal quantity and adsorptive activity in ponderosa pine ecosystems of western Montana, Rachel J. Brimmer

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Demographic and behavioral responses of breeding birds to variation in food nest predation and habitat structure across multiple spatial scales, Anna D. Chalfoun

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Applying ant colony optimization (ACO) metaheuristic to solve forest transportation planning problems with side constraints, Marco A. Contreras

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Negotiating influence: The experience of three local NGOs in marine reserve co-management in southern Belize, Jocelyn Rae. Finch

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Physiological life history and behavioral responses of a breeding bird community to experimentally reduced nest predation risk, Joseph J. Fontaine

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Effectiveness of post-fire erosion control techniques in western Montana, Amy Heather Groen