Reflecting on two (or three!) years of hard work

By Jana Fischback, MES almost-alumnae and Communications Assistant.

A week ago I finished my thesis and turned it in. Phew! Feels amazing. At first it was a little surreal.

Last weekend a group of MESers went camping near Wynoochee Lake just a couple of hours from campus, and relaxed. At one point, while relaxing by the lake, my fellow student Krystle Keese said, “Ahhh. I feel happy.” We have worked SO hard over the last two years, and it was wonderful to enjoy each other’s company one more time before graduation. I’ll be very sad to see many of the students in my cohort move away from Washington State, but I know they’re on to amazing things.

MESers camping near Lake Wynoochee

MESers camping near Lake Wynoochee

I’m proud of how all of our thesis projects turned out. I really enjoyed watching students who I witnessed struggle to come up with topics tell everyone about the great research that they completed. It’s also amazing how different all of ours were. From eelgrass to biodiesel, from ecosystem services to natural disasters, and from grouse to elk, our thesis topics really ran the gamut.

Image of pie chart of thesis topicsIn the last two weeks of the Spring 2014 quarter, the majority of 2014 graduates presented their theses – it was one more step toward graduation. Everyone did a great job on their presentations. It’s a pretty scary thing getting up in front of a group of fellow students, first-year students, faculty, staff, friends, family, and maybe even a potential employer. Ten minutes to explain all of your research isn’t much, that’s for sure. I’m so proud of all of us, and wish everyone the best for their future endeavors. Be sure to check the library’s thesis webpage in the Fall, to find our theses online in PDF form!

Here’s the full list of thesis titles from 2013-2014 graduates:

“Analysis of the Potential Carbon Sequestration Capacity of Eelgrass Beds in Port Gamble, Puget Sound” by Carola Tejeda; Reader Erin Martin

“Antimicrobial Resistance in Orcinus orca Scat: Marine Sentinels as Indicators of Pharmaceutical Pollution in the Salish Sea,” by Sara Potter; Reader Erin Martin

“Brownfield Impacts on Residential Property Values: A Case Study Of Rainier Court Redevelopment Project, Seattle, Washington” by Laura Thelen; Reader Martha Henderson

“Caught in the Act! Deploying Camera Traps to Assess the Diel Breeding Patterns of Oregon Spotted Frogs,” by Kristen Ramsdell; Reader Dina Roberts

“A Comparative Analysis of Environmental Education: North Carolina, California, and Hawaii” by Abbey Allen; Reader Kevin Francis

“The Current Status of Environmental Interpretation in Washington State Parks on Puget Sound,” by Holly Haley; Reader Jean MacGregor

“Examination of Bivalve Shell Degradation for Alkalinity Regeneration Purposes in Hood Canal, Washington” by Lisa Abdulghani; Reader Erin Martin

“Exploring Collaboration in Theory & Practice: A Case Study of the Implementation of the Puget Sound Chinook Recovery Plan at the Watershed Level,” by Ashley McBee; Reader Kevin Francis

“Exploring the Interwoven Relationship of  Eco-Fashion:  A Production and Consumption Assessment of the Organic Cotton Garment” by Danielle Pucci; Reader Martha Henderson

“A Formative Evaluation of Washington State’s Biodiesel Renewable Fuel Standard” by Jennifer Dunn; Reader Ted Whitesell

“The Fox Island Energy Crisis – A Natural Experiment in Voluntary Energy Conservation” by Josiah Narog; Reader Ralph Murphy

“Growth Medicine: The Development of the ‘Resource Curse,’” by Marxa Marnia; Reader Kevin Francis

“Harbor Porpoise Return to the South Puget Sound: Using Bioacoustic Methods to Monitor a Recovering Population” by David Anderson; Reader Erin Martin

“Incorporating Tribal Interests in Marine Protected Areas: Case Studies of Treaty Tribes on the Washington Coast,” by Otis Bush; Reader Zoltan Grossman

“Insects as Food: Assessing the Food Conversion Efficiency of the Mealworm (Tenebrio molitor),” by Brian Spang; Reader Kevin Francis

“Investigating Disaster Preparedness within a Transitory Community: A Case Study of Student Attitudes at the Evergreen State College” by Fiona Edwards; Reader Martha Henderson

“Measuring Community Resilience to Natural Disasters: A Case Study of Thurston County, Washington” by Kyli Rhoads; Reader Ted Whitesell

“Modeling Columbian Sharp-Tailed Grouse Lek Occupancy to Guide Site Selection for On-going Translocations and Species Population Recovery” by Stacey Plumley; Reader Dina Roberts

“A Multi-Functional Landscape Approach to Reconciling Renewable Energy and Crucial Habitat Needs in Washington State” by Krystle Keese; Reader Ted Whitesell

“Payments for Ecosystem Services in Washington State: Understanding Stakeholder Values and Potential Coalitions in the Nisqually Watershed Services Transaction Pilot Project” by Charissa Waters; Reader Kevin Francis

“Harbor Porpoise Return to the South Puget Sound: Using Bioacoustic Methods to Monitor a Recovering Population” by David Anderson; Reader Erin Martin

“Incorporating Tribal Interests in Marine Protected Areas: Case Studies of Treaty Tribes on the Washington Coast,” by Otis Bush; Reader Zoltan Grossman

“Insects as Food: Assessing the Food Conversion Efficiency of the Mealworm (Tenebrio molitor),” by Brian Spang; Reader Kevin Francis

“Investigating Disaster Preparedness within a Transitory Community: A Case Study of Student Attitudes at the Evergreen State College” by Fiona Edwards; Reader Martha Henderson

“Measuring Community Resilience to Natural Disasters: A Case Study of Thurston County, Washington” by Kyli Rhoads; Reader Ted Whitesell

“Modeling Columbian Sharp-Tailed Grouse Lek Occupancy to Guide Site Selection for On-going Translocations and Species Population Recovery” by Stacey Plumley; Reader Dina Roberts

“A Multi-Functional Landscape Approach to Reconciling Renewable Energy and Crucial Habitat Needs in Washington State” by Krystle Keese; Reader Ted Whitesell

“Payments for Ecosystem Services in Washington State: Understanding Stakeholder Values and Potential Coalitions in the Nisqually Watershed Services Transaction Pilot Project” by Charissa Waters; Reader Kevin Francis

“Photoresponse of Cancer magister (Dana, 1852) Zoeae to Light Stimulus in High-CO2 Seawater: Implications for Coastal Ecosystems in an Acidified Ocean,” by Caitlin Roberts; Reader Erin Martin

“Prairie Fire as a Selective Agent: Second-Generation Responses and Plant Community Shifts” by Jaal Mann; Reader Carri LeRoy

“The Real State of Real Estate in Coastal Santa Cruz County, CA: A case study of the Pleasure Point Seawall Project” by Matthew Marino; Reader Martha Henderson

“The Response of Birds to Drought: Examining Species Abundance and Richness with the Christmas Bird Count” by Britt O’Leary; Reader Kevin Francis

“Seasonal Variation of the Genus Dinophysis within Puget Sound, Washington:  Understanding Harmful Algal Blooms through Species Identification” by Jennifer Runyan; Reader Erin Martin

“Social Marketing for Residential Energy Efficiency: Motivations and Barriers Relating to Home Improvements in the Puget Sound Region” by Jana Fischback; Reader Kevin Francis

“A Story of Transit in Seattle: Employing Life-cycle Assessment A and Comparative Analysis to Reveal Holistic Perspectives of Sustainable Development” by Samuel Wilson; Reader Martha Henderson

“A Temporal Analysis of Elk Movement in Relation to Transportation Infrastructure” by Molly Sullivan; Reader Dina Roberts

“The Use of Stable Nitrogen Isotopes in Macroalgae to Evaluate Watershed Level Anthropogenic Nitrogen Inputs to Hood Canal, Washington” by Traci Sanderson; Reader Erin Martin

“Value of Direct-Sales Farms to Habitat Conservation in Thurston County, Washington” by Cory Mounts; Reader Dina Roberts

“Wetland, Soil and Geology at Oregon Spotted Frog Locales in Thurston County, Washington” by Bonnie Blessing; Reader Dina Roberts

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