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 2006

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MONITORING SURVIVAL OF YOUNG IN UNGULATES: A CASE STUDY WITH ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK, Nyeema Charmaine Harris

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Application of MODIS for monitoring water quality of a large oligotrophic lake, Matthew Oushana Jones

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The role of trust and ownership in community wildfire protection planning in west central Montana, Paul R. Lachapelle

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Modeling interactions among climate landscape and emerging diseases: A hantavirus case study, Rachel Andrea Loehman

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Learning to Change and Changing Learning in Environmental Management: A case study of the Kaw Nature Reserve in French Guiana, Kimberly Knowles Notin

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Riparian grazing in the northern intermountain region: Impacts and strategies for management, Jon P. Oestreich

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Temporal and spatial patterns of Populus angustifolia along the upper Yellowstone River and clonal recruitment: Extent and requirements, Mary Louise Polzin

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Incorporating forest road erosion into a resource transportation planning model for the Mica Creek Watershed, Idaho, Jennifer E. Rackley

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Early basal area growth response of reserved lodgepole pine to shelterwood harvesting in central Montana, P. Chris Roy

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Snow accumulation and snowmelt in thinned and unthinned lodgepole pine stands, west central Montana, Jason Sappington

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Role of selective foraging and cecal microflora in sage-grouse nutritional ecology, Heather S. Sauls

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Roost-site selection and potential prey sources after wildland fire for two insectivorous bat species ( Myotis evotis and Myotis lucifugus ) in mid-elevation forests of western Montana, Nathan A. Schwab

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Post-fire management and public lands conflict: The Bitterroot National Forest and beyond, Alex Corbly Sienkiewicz

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Utilization of the Distributed-Hydrology-Soil-Vegetation-Model (DHSVM) To Quantify Streamflow Changes and Slope Failure Probability Following the Snow-Talon Fire Near Lincoln Montana, USA, Eric Lee Tangedahl

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Development of an effective forest fire management strategy for Bhutan, Kinley Tshering

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Using Place Attachment to Determine the Acceptability of Restoring Fire to Its Natural Role in Wilderness Ecosystems, Eric Paul Turbeville

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Evaluation of the indicators and standards used for the limits of acceptable change process in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Sarah E. Wallace

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A cultural ethic in tribal forest management and self-determination: The human dimension of silviculture, Victoria Lynn Yazzie

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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Modeling wildland fire potential and live fuel moisture, Patricia L. Andrews

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Land restitution and protected areas in KwaZulu Natal South Africa: Challenges to implementation, Laurie Ashley

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Assessing the success of swift fox reintroductions on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation Montana, David E. Ausband

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Incorporating ecological principles into Montana's local land use planning: A way to contribute to the protection and management of ecological systems, Emily A. Brown

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Modeling forest planning trade-offs on the Colorado Front Range, using MAGIS, an optimization, spatial decision support tool, Edward B. Butler

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Analyzing implementation of the Natural Forest Protection Plan in China's Southwestern Forest Management Region, Henry Gordon Carey

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Access tradeoffs vs. social preferences| Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, Hartwell H. Carson

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Population dynamics of mountain bluebirds, John J. Citta

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The NAAEC after ten years: A qualitative assessment of the North American agreement on environmental cooperation, Clifford T. Cosgrove

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Linking spatial patterns to forest ecological processes by using spatial statistical methods, Alex Fajardo-Yáñez

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Acceptability of social conditions in Zion National Park: Incorporating auditory elements into a visual crowding research method, Kara L. Grau

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Emerging biodigester technology in Honduras : biophysical processes and operation, N. Stuart Green

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Grassbanks: An evaluation of a conservation tool, Stephanie L. Gripne

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Nitrogen cycling and spatial heterogeneity following fire and restoration treatments in the Ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir ecosystem, Michael J. Gundale

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Effects of spotted knapweed invasion and restoration treatments on ground beetle diversity abundance and distribution in Rocky Mountain savannas in Montana, Allison K. Hansen

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Characterizing thermal features from multi-spectral remote sensing data using dynamic calibration procedures, Colin C. Hardy

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Vegetation recovery across wildland fire severity gradients in western Montana, LaWen T. Hollingsworth

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Comprehensive evaluation of the Lower Musselshell River study monitoring plan and evaluation of the water quality of the Lower Musselshell River, O'Brien Hollow

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Factors that contribute to cloud forest conservation in southern Ecuador, Pelah Niamie Hoyt

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Evaluation of growth and yield model performance against remeasured permanent plots, Melissa A. Jafvert

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Interactions between the invasive plant Centaurea maculosa and ant communities in savannas in western Montana, Joseph M. Jensen

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Development and evaluation of successional pathways for SIMPPLLE: Simulating vegetation along the Colorado Front Range, Thad E. Jones

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Applying the Prediction of Four-Year Height Growth of Douglas-fir and Ponderosa pine Saplings to an Existing Growth Simulator, Kathryn Arendt Keller

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The effect of snowmobile trails on coyote movements within lynx home ranges, Jay A. Kolbe

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Recreational trail conflict| Achieving equity through diversity, Clifton R. Koontz

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Charcoal in ponderosa pine ecosystems of western Montana| decomposition, mineralization, and quantification, Valerie J. Kurth

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Towards a more comprehensive understanding of trust: exploring the public's trust in natural resource management, Adam J. Liljeblad

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Recreation on the upper Yellowstone River| A study of use and place, Megan K. McBride

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Effects of transportation and development on black bear movement, mortality, and use of the Highway 93 corridor in NW Montana, Karin R. McCoy

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Developing a disturbance index and extreme land surface temperature in the western United States, David J. Mildrexler

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Corn/cattle/care| Farm tree and agroforestry practices in Saraguro, Ecuador, Mark Richard Olson

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Sediment deposition below forest road drivable drain dips in Belt and glacial till parent materials of Western Montana, Brian Rawls Parker

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Impact of calf survival on elk population dynamics in west-central Montana, Jarod Douglas Raithel

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Fecal pellet deposition and disappearance rates for snowshoe hares near Seeley Lake Montana, Pilar T. Rivera

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Patch characteristics of post fire landscapes in the Crown of the Continent ecosystem Montana USA, Joshua T. Rodriguez

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Spatial population dynamics of Microtus in grazed and ungrazed grasslands, Jonathan Peter Runge

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Organizational culture: An impetus to influence organizational behavior and decision making, Thomas M. Schultz

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Attempts at participatory forest management in the Ghana-Togo highlands, John J. Sheffy

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The nature of change in Western Montana's bunchgrass communities, Pamela G. Sikkink

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Examining the social acceptability of restoration and management at Silver Creek Idaho, Dayna S. Smith

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Comparing silvicultural alternatives for restoring western white pine in the North Fork Clearwater River Basin, Idaho, Timothy P. Spoelma

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GIS application in evaluating the road effects on fire severity, Agus Suratno

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Design and comparison of quantitative alternative future landscape scenarios for the Bitterroot Front area, Martin Twer

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A noninvasive survey method for detecting wolverine, Todd J. Ulizio

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Influences of landscape structure on snowshoe hare populations in fragmented forests, Carly Jane Walker

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Movements and habitat-use of grizzly bears along U.S. Highway 2 in northwestern Montana 1998--2001, John Steven Waller

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Investigating and reconceptualizing recreation specialization: Flow as a developmental influence, Joshua G. Whitmore

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Influences on the decision to authorize wildland fire use, Martha A. Williamson

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Dietary overlap between argali sheep and domestic livestock in Mongolia, Ganchimeg J. Wingard

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Off-road vehicle policy on USDA national forests: Evaluating user conflicts and travel management, Brenda M. Yankoviak

Theses/Dissertations from 2004

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Rural reforestation projects in Touroua Northern Cameroon, Brian J. App

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Disease ecology and virus evolution in wild cougars (Puma concolor): From infection patterns to population processes, Roman Biek

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Evaluation of wolf-livestock conflicts and management in the northwestern United States, Elizabeth H. Bradley

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Integrating social equity into the measurement of human values in outdoor recreation, Laura E. Cauley

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Physiological assessment of avian refueling performance, David J. Cerasale

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Energy policy and climate change : a comparison of American and European energy policy, Meagan M. Conry

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Effects of atmospheric deposition on water quality in high alpine lakes of Grand Teton National Park Wyoming, Jennifer Ann Corbin

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Monitoring change in exotic plant abundance after fuel reduction/restoration treatments in ponderosa pine forests of western Montana, Erich Kyle Dodson

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Interpreting the meaning of recreation impacts, Robert G. Dvorak

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Measurements of fire radiative energy emitted during the combustion of wildland fuels, Patrick H. Freeborn

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Ignition of crown fuels above a spreading surface fire, Miguel Gomes da Cruz

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Landscape ecology of snowshoe hares in Montana, Paul Carlo Griffin

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Winter feeding ecology and browse effects of mule deer elk white-tailed deer and cattle on the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch, Scott A. Hemmer

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Cultivating student internal locus of control using participatory rural appraisal in Villa Santa Honduras, Journey M. Herbeck

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Exploring environmental knowledge attitude and behavior of secondary students in Sarawak Malaysia, Shazali Johari

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Developing a near real-time system for monitoring the foliar phenology of the terrestrial biosphere, William Matthew Jolly

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Habitat selection and use by the Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri) at multiple scales: Implications for habitat-based methods for population viability analysis, Andrew James Kroll

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Forest and range ecotone restoration in central Montana, Darin Jay Law

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Fire exclusion forest dynamics and nitrogen cycling in low elevation forests of western Montana, Michael Derek MacKenzie

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Monitoring and modeling human interactions with ecosystems, Cristina Milesi

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Mountain lions wolves and bears: Detangling the issues surrounding predator conservation in the West, Jessica M. Montag

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Landscape-scale factors affecting population dynamics of greater sage -grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) in north-central Montana 2001--2004, Brendan James Moynahan

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Commercial guiding| An exploratory study of the roles of guides and their relationship with the customer experience, Christine Oschell

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Exploratory study and assessment of Montana's volunteer fire departments : trends motivations and priorities, Billy R. Preston

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Land-atmosphere coupling and feedbacks: A focus on the freeze/thaw transition in North American boreal and sub-alpine ecosystems, Ann Coffee Radil

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Derivation of wheat yield and rangeland productivity in the northern Great Plains using MODIS algorithms, Matthew Clark Reeves

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Developing a satellite -based method of landscape drought assessment, James Plummer Riddering

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Riparian and stream habitat variables influencing the distribution of Tubifex tubifex in Chamberlain Creek Montana, Amy M. Sacry

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Evaluating the consequences of public land grazing permit buyout program permit reductions and increased fees on land ownership and open space in Western states, Mark S. Steinbach

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Factors affecting community well-being: Implication for social assessment, Becky E. Summer

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Transfrontier Conservation Areas of southern Africa and international law in the context of community involvement, Randy J. Tanner

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Comparison of remotely sensed land surface processes in northern hemisphere during the 1988-89 La Nina and the 1997-98 El Nino events, Divya K. Tipparaju