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Standards for the preparation of dissertations, theses and research papers are established by graduate faculty at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the administration of the Graduate School. All revisions are subject to the approval of the Graduate School (Guidelines for Preparation and Submission of Dissertations, Theses, and Research Papers).

Dissertations and theses written at SIUC may be checked out at Morris Library if there is a circulating copy available. SIUC dissertations and theses may be searched by title or author on the Morris Library website. You may limit your search by clicking on More Limits and selecting SIUC Theses, Dissertations, and Research Papers.

Recent Master's Thesis documents linked below can be read and downloaded in PDF format. Dissertations can be found here.


2021

MS

Ban, Bibek - Mapping Vegetation Cover and Disturbance Based on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) For Military Installation

Erwin, Nicholas - Investigating Sustainability Literacy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Using the Assessment of Sustainability Knowledge (ASK) Scale

Kaniewski, Connie - Understanding Flash Drought Duration, Spatial Extent, and Meteorological Drivers

Paxton, Andrew - Extreme Precipitation in Illinois:  Trend Estimation and Relation With Large-Scale Circulation and Humidity

Sarkar, Supria - Using Machine Learning to Understand the Spatiotemporal Variability of Harmful Algae Blooms in Illinois Waters

Taylor, Josie - The Influence of Childhood Zoo Visitation on Adult Sustainability Behavior: A Self-Assessment Analysis


2020

MS

Deku, Pearl Sika - An Assessment of Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Accra - Ghana

Gibson, Dylan - The U.S. Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement: Towards a Justice-Based Paradigm of Sustainability at Higher Education Institutions

Gracer, Tara - A Hydrologic and Hydraulic Assessment of Cypress Creek for the Identification of the Potential Habitat for the Bald Cypress and Water Tupelo

Karki. Nimisha - Assessing the Role of River Training Structures - Chevron and Dike in the the Creation and Diversification of Physical Aquatic Habitats in the Middle Mississippi River

Landry, Christian - The Influence of Atmospheric Rivers on Extreme Precipitation in the Continental United States

Liew, Jie Shi - Using Social Media Data Mining to Understand the Public Perception of Coal in the United States

Scalero, Noah Rocco - A Suitability Analysis of the Wetlands along the Middle Mississippi River Floodplain for Riverine Nitrate Attenuation

Thapa, Kiran - Contributions of Optical Remote Sensing to Permafrost Mapping in Donnelly Training Area, Alaska


2019

MS

Bhadra, Sourav - Assessing the Impacts of Anthropogenic Drainage Structures on Hydrologic Connectivity using High-Resolution Digital Elevation Models

Bista, Astha - Assessment of Spatiotemporal Variations of Groundwater Levels in the Platte River Basin Using Data Mining

Leifer, David - Social Media Footprints of Public Perception on Energy Issues in the Conterminous United States

Manandhar, Shishir - Sentinel-1A Insar Monitoring of Surface Deformation in Donnelly Training Area, Alaska 2015–2018

Wong, Chi Fai - North American Heat Wave Predictability: Skill Attribution and Land Surface Initialization in Medium-Range Forecast Models

Wright, Jefferson - Spatial and Temporal Variability of Midwest Winter Severity

Zneimer, Stephania - Stable Isotopic Composition of Southern Illinois Precipitation from 2012–2017 Summary


2017

MS

Burck, Michael - Mapping Riparian Buffer Zones in Cypress Creek Refuge, Illinois: Land Use Change Impact on Habitat Usage from 1984-2014: Passerine Presence and Classification Comparisons

Gomez-Jacobo, Mercedes - Assessing Equivalent Temperature Trends in Major Eastern US Cities

Gonzalez, Aleesandria - Evaluating the Cognitive Drivers and Deterrents of Adaptation in the Iowa-Cedar Watershed

Ryherd, Julia - Quantifying the Rates and Spatial Distribution of Recent Sedimentation Within the Hydrologically Connected Floodplains of the Middle Mississippi River, USA, Using Digital Elevation Models and Dendrogeomorphology


2016

MS

Benbella, Diane - An Evaluation and Analysis of Urban Expansion of Kampala from 1995 to 2015

Deitz, Shiloh - A Spatial Analysis of the Relationship Between Obesity and the Built Environment in Southern Illinois

Fučík, Daniel - Effects of the Changing Climate on Hydropower Production in the Sacramento River Watershed and California's Electricity Prices

Lukancic, Khara - Sensitivity of Strong Extratropical Cyclones to Large-Scale Climate Variability in the Contiguous United States

Mohamed, Tarig - Monitoring and Analyzing of Desertification Trend in North Sudan Using MODIS Images from 2000 to 2014

Polk, Brandon - Modeling Naturally Occurring Wildfires Across the US Using Niche Modeling


2015

MS

Haldeman, Brooke - Influence of Synoptic Scale Circulation on Temperature and Equivalent Temperature Extremes in Chicago, IL (1948-2014)

Larimore, Ryan - Empirical Analysis of Descendant Insurance as a Driver of Demographic Transition

Rushing, Ann - The Potential for Reconnection on the Lower Illinois River

Schauwecker, Karen - Organized Garden Projects as Multifunctional Sites: A Case Study of Carbondale, IL

Stuurman, Andisiwe - An Assessment of Abandoned Mine Reclamation in South Africa Using a Survey of Environmental Experts

Suiter, Ashley - Remote Sensing Based Detection of Forested Wetlands: An Evaluation of LIDAR, Aerial Imagery, and Their Data Fusion


2014

MS

Bonney, Makayla J. - An Empirical Analysis of the Role of Geography in Sustainability Education

Feng, Guanling - Monitoring Drought Intensity in Illinois with a Combined Index

Klein, Sydney - The Role of University Food Gardens in Higher Education Sustainability

Lampo, Miles - A Validation Study of the North Carolina Rapid Field-based Rating System for Discriminating Flow Permanence Classes of Headwater Streams in Agriculture Basins in Southern Illinois

Lopeman, Brooke - Campus Recycling -- Influences and Decisions

Mahgoub, Mohamed - New Multiple-Scale Technique for the Assessment of Relative Flood Vulnerability

Shrestha, Samir - Sensitivity of Hazus-MH Flood Loss Estimates to Selection of Building Parameters: Two Illinois Case Studies

Turner, Christine - Planning an Agritourism Event in Southern Illinois: A Case Study of the Neighborhood Co-op Grocery Fall Farm Crawl

Wang, Chen - Simulation and Evaluation of Stream Flow and Pesticide Prediction in Orestima Creek Watershed Using the AnnAGNPS Model


2013

MS

Berakhi, Robel - Implication of Human Activities on Land Use Land Cover Dynamics in Kagera Catchment, East Africa

Heern, Zachary - Investigating Trends in Lower Tropospheric Heat Content and Heat Waves Over the Central USA Using Equivalent Temperature(1951-2011)

Gaspard, Guetchine - Flood Loss Estimate Model:  Recasting Flood Disaster Assessment and Mitigation for Haiti, the Case of Gonaives

Johnson, Andrew - A Regression Metamodel to Replace SWAT in Crop Yield Prediction for Big Creek Watershed

Mack, Johannes - The Cryosphere and North Atlantic Tropial Cyclone Activity: Statistical Forecasting and Physical Mechanisms

McLeran, Kerry - Oxygen Isotope Analysis in Tree-Rings of Pterocarous Angolensis Growing in Zimbabwe

Murphy, Dana - Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Cumulative Disturbance Impacts Due to Military Training on Land Condition

Remane, Ivan - Analysis of Annual Growth Patterns of Millettia Stuhlmannii, in Mozambique

Shah, Kushendra Narayan - Multi-Scale Mapping and Accuracy Assessment of Leaf Area Index for Vegetation Study in Southern Illinois

Treviño-Peña, Melva - Analyzing Changes in the Beef Cattle Ranching Communities of Acatic and Tepatitlán de Morelos, Jalisco, Mexico Related to Land Cover and Climate Variability

VanPelt, Alex - Response to Flood Hazards: Assessing Community Factors that Affect the Decision to Relocate


2012

MS

Barrett, William - Southern Illinois GIS Mapping for Next Generation 9-1-1 Based on NENA Standard Data Format

Davis, Deidra D. - Access to Fresh Foods: Socio-Economic Characteristics of Illinois Farmers' Markets Participating in Government Funded Food Assistance Programs

Dhungel, Ravi - Web Mapping and Application Towards a Cloud: Enabling a WebGIS Prototype in an Open Source Environment

Fisher, Samuel - Improving the Reliability of Wind Power Through Spatially Distributed Wind Generation

Oller, Adam - Automatic Mapping of Off-Road Vehicle Trails and Paths at Fort Riley Installation, Kansas

Romano, Anthony - Spatial Distribution of Non-Native Invasive Plants Following Large-Scale Wind Damage at LaRue Pine Hills-Otter Pond Research Natural Area, Union County, Illinois

Weston, William C. - A Spatial Analysis of Invasive Breast Cancer Clusters in Association with Environmental Risk Factors: Illinois 1996 to 2000

Williams, Laura L. - Evaluating the Long-Term Sustainability of L.O.G.I.C.: The Student Organic Garden at Southern Illinois University Carbondale