Environmental Studies Senior Theses

Click on a year below to view a sampling of Environmental Studies theses. Full senior theses can be accessed online via the Environmental Studies section of the Digital Collections at Middlebury.

2015

BRISTOL, Hannah- Environmental Policy
"Excuse Our Progress": Mitigating Community Strain in the Bakken Oil Boom
Advisor: Chris McGrory Klyza

KERBY-MILLER, Jack- Environmental Chemistry
Investigating a Novel Indicator of Population-Level Endocrine Disruption in Humans 
Advisor: Molly Costanza- Robinson

MULLEN, Anna- Environmental Literature
Women, Wolves, and the Poetics of Diane di Prima's Loba
Advisor: Brayton, Daniel 

ROSALES-UNDERBRINK, Piper- Environmental Geology
Coeval Debris Flows as Evidence for Paleoseismic Events
Advisors: Pat and Tom Manley

SMYTH, Teddy- Environmental Policy 
EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Climate Politics Shifts to the States
Advisor: Chris McGrory Klyza

WERRELL, Amanda- Environmental Biology 
Does the use of bird feeders bias our understanding of population trends in winter birds?
Advisor: Steve Trombulak

2014

MOURNING, Emma
Blood and Ivory: An Economic and Cultural Analysis of the Illegal Ivory Trade
Advisor: Jon Isham

WASSERMAN, Becky
A Bidirectional Blessing: Contemporary Jewish Synagogues and the U.S. Sustainable Food Movement
Advisor: Rebecca Gould

ZHANG, Elena
Wood or manure? The future of Middlebury's energy
Advisor: Jon Isham.

BUENO DE MESQUITA, Cliff
Elevated methane concentrations in the coarse woody debris of upland forests
Advisor: Marc Lapin

POLYCHRONIADOU, Eleni
Investigating the effect of environmental federalism on environmental policy implementation on laggard states in the European Union
Advisor: Kemi Fuentes-George

KARP, Abby
The Effect of Goal Setting and Reminders on Environmental Behavior
Advisor: Michelle McCauley

FRENCH, Olivia
The Foodie and the Farmer: Exploring Food Culture in Addison County, Vermont
Advisor: David Bain

2013

CLOW, Brian
Integrated Landscape-scale Conservation Planning in Vermont

ANDERSON, Kate
Symbionts, Cyborgs, and Other Companions

SINGH, Siddheshwar Smaran
Policy Effects on the European Carbon Market: An Econometric Analysis and Policy Assessment of the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU-ETS)

NOBLE, Olivia
“The American way of life is not negotiable”: The impact of the North/South divide on the negotiation of the Millennium Development Goals

2012

HILDEBRAND, Paul
Urban Air Pollution and Health Effects: A Study of Four Mexican Cities 
Advisor: Jon Isham.

DRUCKER, Emma
Environmental Crisis: Landscape, Nature, and Disaster in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres, and Don DeLillo's White Noise 
Advisor: Dan Brayton

2011

FOGARTY, Eamon
The Small Farmer is Alive and Well and Living in France
Advisor: David Bain

IGO, Renee
Thirst for Adventure: Exploring Arizona's Desert in Winter
Advisor: David Bain

LEHNHART, Brittany
Exploring Place Through Science and Art: From Juneau, Alaska to Middlebury, Vermont
Advisors: Andrea Olsen and Hedya Klein

SLENTZ, Kelly
Obstacles to Wholesale Markets Faced by Sustainable Farmers
Advisor: Nick Muller

CLARK-BAROL, David
Integrating Community Forest Management into a REDD+ Policy Framework: The case of GuateCarbon, a payments for environmental services project in the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala
Advisor: David Stoll

2010

FISHER, Alexandra
Environmental Policy and Water Quality in the Lake Champlain Basin: From Local Collaboration to International Cooperation
Advisor: Chris McGrory Klyza

MAYTAG, Samantha
"A Daughter of the Ranch": The Value of Grass-fed Beef for the Local Food Movement
Advisor: John Elder

MURDOCH, Sierra
Appalachia's Old Guard
Advisor: Christopher Shaw

2009

ALMQUIST, Corinne
I went to the mountaintop, but it wasn't there: Christian Responses to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining in Appalachia
Advisor: Rebecca Gould

SHELDON, Zoe Jewett
Sprawl and Biotic Homogenization: The Effects of Diffuse Residential Development on Vertebrate Wildlife
Advisor: Steve Trombulak

WESSLER, Joshua
Living Proof: Historical Narratives of Diet and Cancer in the Mid-Twentieth Century
Advisor: Kathy Morse

KELLEY, Elizabeth Anne
The Implications of the "Greening" of Social Capital: Evidence from Bristol, Vermont
Advisor: Jonathan Isham

KORSCHUN, Rachel
Square Peg, Round Hole: A Case Study of the NGO-Village Interactions of TFCG and Sagara Village, Tanzania
Advisor: Jacob Tropp

2008

FLAGG, Kathryn
Dead Reckoning, or On the Impulses of Early Cartographers 
Advisor: Jennifer Bates

GAMELL, Ashley Anne
The Imaginary Landscape: Artwork of the New York City Outdoors
Advisor: Daniel Brayton

GOODWIN, Gus
The Impact of Environmental Change in the Adirondack Lowland Boreal: Creating a Monitoring Plan
Advisor: Matthew Landis

LOVELL, Adam
A Balancing Act: The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2008 (S. 2191)
Advisor: Christopher Klyza

PETERSON, Emily
Louisiana's Vanishing Wetlands: The Quiet Crisis
Advisor: Christopher Shaw

POLFUS, Claire
Thawing the Winter, Wintering the Thaw: Vermont's Coldest Season in the Face of Climate Change
Advisor: David Bain

2007

AL-ABDULRAZZAK, Dalal
The Distribution of Marine Protected Areas in the United States Across Levels of Protection: A New Tool for Classification
Advisor: Steven Trombulak

DINSHAW, Ayesha
The Quest of Environmental Travel Literature: nature and self in modern travel narratives
Advisors: Daniel Brayton and John Elder

FRANKLIN, Lindsey
Eco-theology, Environmental Consciousness and Action within the Middlebury Faith Community
Advisor: Rebecca Gould

2006

BATES, William
Framing the Climate Change Movement – Religion, Spirituality, and Social Change
Advisors: Jonathan Isham and William McKibben

LEIBACH, Patrick
A National Renewable Portfolio Standard: Lessons from Nevada and Pennsylvania
Advisor: Jonathan Isham

BURNS-BURG, Asher
Empowering Environmentalism: A Socioeconomic Analysis of Energy Consumption; Awareness, Attitudes and Actions in Vermont
Advisor: Jonathan Isham

2005

BECK, Alison
An Exploration of the Relationship Between Humans and Healing Plants: Designing an educational garden for the Middlebury College Campus
Advisor: Andrea Lloyd

GROHOSKI, Nicole
Sequential Chemical Extraction: Determination of Reagent Selectivity On Eight Mineral Standards
Advisor: Peter Ryan

LONG, Caitlyn
Acid Precipitation and Nutrient Cycling: Analysis of a Watershed in the Breadloaf Area of Ripton, VT
Advisor: Peter Ryan

OWEN, Emily
A Meta-analysis of Rapid Biodiversity Assessments as a Conservation Tool: The Evolution and Effectiveness of Conservation International's Rapid Assessment Program and The Nature Conservancy's Rapid Ecological Assessments
Advisor: Steve Trombulak

CLOAK, Trevor
Sequential Chemical Extraction of Costa Rican and Green Mountain Soils: A Quantitative and Qualitative Examination of the SCE Procedure
Advisor: Peter Ryan

2004

HELWIG, Mandy
Conserving a 'Living Fossil' Charting a Sustainable Management Policy for the Atlantic Horseshoe Crab Fishery in Delaware Bay
Advisor: Prof. Chris McGrory Klyza

HOLSMAN, Erika
Destructive Fishing Practices in the Sulu-Celebes Sea Region: Comparing National Management Strategies for Sustainable Reef Fisheries
Advisor: Prof. David Rosenberg

SMITH, Sara Elizabeth Smiley
The Many Roads to Remediation: Differing Motivations for Communities Facing Toxic Contamination
Advisor: Prof. Kathryn Morse

THROOP, Lauren
A Multi-Dimensional Analysis of Wind Energy at Middlebury College's Worth Mountain
Advisor: Rich Wolfson

WINEMAN, Ayala
Migration Strategies and Stopover Ecology of Blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla)In Eilat, Israel (Special Collections)

ROUSH, William M.
Envisioning a Changing Alpine Environment Through Repeat Photography in Glacier National Park, Montana
Advisor: Prof. Jeff Munroe

2003

CHISOLM, Rob
Drawing the Line: Informal Property Rights in a Nova Scotian Lobster Fishery
Advisors: Prof. Chris McGrory Klyza and Prof. Jon Isham

COX, Dalton
Modeling the Relationship Between Sediment Loading and Native Plant Species Recovery in Vermont Lakes
Advisor: Prof. Sallie Sheldon

GREGG, Kaitlin
Peace on Earth and With Earth: Stories of the Earth Charter and Vermont Activism

OLDS, Jr., Glenn R.
Suburban Sublime: A Parents Guide to Reconnecting with Your Children Through Your Backyard
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

2002

CALVI, Benjamin Lightfoot
Stories of Home: A Seasonal exploration of Family and Place
Advisors: Prof. John Elder and Prof. Andrea Olsen

MARLOW, Jennifer Jane, May 2003
Science and "Women's Ways of Knowing:" Jane Goodall, Vandana Shiva, and Rachel Carson
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

SINSHEIMER, Gus
Reviewing the Last 21,000 Years: Paleoclimate Reconstructions and a Search for Modern Berugian Analogs in Northern Mongolia
Advisor: Prof. Steven B. Young

STERN, Jacob
Not Another Starbucks! The Effects of Post-Rent Control Era Gentrification in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Advisor: Prof. David Stoll

KIEVES, Nicola K.
A Temporal and Spatial Analysis of Six Vermont Bird Species
Advisor: Prof. Steve Trombulak

OLINGER, Sarah
Managing Growth in a Rural Environment: How the Ideal Image of the Green Mountain State is Shaped by the Ski Industry and the People of Vermont
Advisor: Prof. Chris McGrory Klyza

SMITH, Leda
Paleoecology of Northern Beringia Reconstruction Based on Macrofossil Plant Remains from Zhocov Island, Siberia
Advisor: Dr. Steven B. Young (Center for Northern Studies)

2001

DIGGORY, Ariel
The succession of woody vegetation in abandoned floodplain hay fields along Otter Creek in Addison County, Vermont
Advisor: Prof. Mary Gaudette

JERVEY, Ben
Lessons of Curitiba, and other tales of urban ecological salvation
Advisor: Prof. Chris McGrory Klyza

BILLS, Corey B.
The Divine Sickness: Christianity and Exile Among the Karen
Advisor: Prof. David Stoll

YELTON, Lourie
Use of immunocontraception for the management of white-tailed deer and feral horses
Advisor: Prof. Steve Trombulak

2000

BERDOULAY, Genevieve
"If Art Could Tell…" Language and Nature in the Poetry of Milton, Wordsworth, and Frost
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

GREENWOOD, Allison
Environmental Justice as a Result of Urban Environmental Education
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

KAUTZ, Michael Quist
Seasons – Poems and Stories of New England

PHILIPPS, David Nathaniel
A Mountain Year – The holistic history of Mount Rosa
Advisor: Kathy Skubikowski

SCHICK, Katharine R.
Patterns and implications of porcupine (Erithizon dorsatum) herbivory of white spruce (Picea glacua) at tree-line on the Seward Peninsula
Advisors: Prof. Andrea Lloyd and Prof. Chris Fastie

STOLL, Alison P.
The Role of Public Environmental Education Programs for Endangered Species
Advisor: Prof. Judith Layzer

TURNER, Catherine
Stewardship in C.S. Lewis and Wendell Berry: A Christian Environmental Vision
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

WITHINGTON, Cynthia L.
Fire and Vegetation History Inferred from Stratigraphic Records of Soil Charcoal and Plant Macrofossils on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska
Advisors: Prof. Andrea Lloyd and Prof. Christopher Fastie

SIGMAN, Jenna
Running Back to Milkweed Valley

SNIDER, Elise Apple
Starting with a Feather: Natural History and Scale

1990 - 1999

May 1999

BONESS, Melissa M.
Whale Watching: An Evaluation of Current Regulatory Efforts and their Consistency with Available Scientific Information
Advisor: Prof. Judith Layzer

GAWNE, Nina
Building a Teaching Landscape for Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College (

LOHAN, Tara
Water Thinking
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

Fall 1998

TUFF, Nic
A Prayer For the Wild (video)

May 1998

CARPENTER, Madelyn
A Study of the Ecological Effects of Wildfire and Prescribed Burning in the New Jersey Pine Barrens
Advisor: Prof. Steve Trombulak

MELLO, Jessica
Bermuda's Diverse Landscape: A Walking Guide to Bermuda's Nature and Culture along the Railway Trail
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

NICHOLS, Sarah Langille
Forging Connections: Interdisciplinary, Place-based, Environmental Education for the First Grade
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

SANDSTEAD, Martha
Teachers, Wild and Friends Community-Based Environmental Education
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

February 1998

HINDLE, Jill Lindley
Weybridge, Vermont: Meditations on the Ecology of a Community

May 1997

ARVOLD, Virginia H.
Tracing the Lake: A Landscape of Memory
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

AYERS, Tai
Basket Stories
Advisors: Prof. Robert Pack and Prof. John Elder

BALCH, Graham
The Republican's Environmental Policy
Advisor: Prof. Chris McGrory Klyza

FLANDERS, Amy A.
The Call of the Wild: The Restoration of Adirondack Wolves
Advisor: Prof. Steve Trombulak

HORNER, Amy L.
Property, Freedom and the Environment in America: an Exploration of the Regulatory Takings Debate
Advisor: Prof. Chris McGrory Klyza

JOHNSON, Pete
Middlebury College Solar Greenhouse
Advisor: Prof. Andrea Lloyd

LEE, Alexander Putnam

The Complex Task of Living Simply
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

LEWIS, Hannah
Agricultural Education: Broadening the Context and Goals
Advisor: Prof. Gary Nielsen

January 1997

VYNNE, Carly
Upholding the Mandate: Olympic National Park & Restoration Management
Advisor: Prof. Chris McGrory Klyza

WENTZELL, J. Bryan
Western Science and an Alaskan Eskimo Village: Assessing the Impact of Wildlife Research Campus on Chevak, Alaska
Advisor: Nick Flanders

May 1996

ALLARD, Nicole A.
Forest Roundtables in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire

EDSELL, Jennifer
Whose Woods These Are: Managing the Northern Forest as an Ecosystem in spite of Political Boundaries
Advisor: Prof. Chris McGrory Klyza

GREENE, Nicole Joy
Saying Thou To The Land: An Educational Journey to Wholeness
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

POZATEK, Kristine Alison
Scars in the Kenyan Landscape: Moving Beyond the World Bank's Paradigm of Development
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

January 1996

KERWIN, Sean
Creating an Environmental Center at Middlebury College
Advisor: Prof. Chris McGrory Klyza

Fall 1995

HAZEN, Jen
Religious Influence on International Population Policy
Advisor: Prof. Chris McGrory Klyza

SPARLING, Erik
Hierba Buena
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

May 1995

AIKENHEAD, Emily Kristen
From Hoover Dam to James Bay: An examination of the societal changes affecting the building of large dams and hydro-electric projects

ELLERBROOK, Mark
Tanzanian National Parks: A Western Ideal in an African Reality
Advisor: Prof. Spencer )

SPANGLER, Kristen
An Analysis of Angler Influence and Salmonid Fisheries Management in Vermont
Advisor: Prof. Chris McGrory Klyza

STEWART, Roberta J.
Marked by the Sun A Series of Essays
Advisor: David Bain

SUNG, Sarah
Industry Advantage? Political Action Committees and the Fate of Environmental Legislation
Advisor: Prof. Chris McGrory Klyza

February 1995

ELLIOTT, Tricia
Autumn Cadence a natural history of faith

HIPPLE, Annika S.
Crisis and Conservation: Environmental Issues and Awareness in Ecuador
Advisor: David Andrews

December 1994

SMITH, Megan A.
Obtaining the Goals of Environmental Education: A Joint-Effort Proposal for Environmental Education Centers and Public Schools

May 1994

THOMAS, Tara
Returning to the Field: The Growth of My Ideas on Nature and Education
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

WILLIAMS, Jesse
Experiential Learning and the Development of Ecological Literacy

January and February 1994

ALEXANDER, Mash
Hunting for Bones in the Soul – moments of clarity
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

GALLISTEL, Beth Andrea
Advertising the Lure of Vermont: The Selling of the Rural Landscape, 1860 to 1940

ZIEBARTH, Christopher A.
Fire in the Forests: A History of American Attitudes Concerning Forest Fires and Wilderness

May 1993

STOKES, Sarah
Inheriting Home: Migrations to Mountain Water – Journeys through the San Luis Valley, Colorado
Advisor: Prof. John Elder

1980 - 1989

PARKHURST, Kleyton L.
An Alternative Benefit/Cost Analysis of Proposed Key Biscayne, Florida Beach Renourishment Project

1970 - 1979

February 1979

TODD, Anne C.
Revitalization of a Waterfront: Burlington, Vermont
Advisor: Prof. Howard E. Woodin

May 1977

LEATHERS, David
The Effects of Oil Poolution on the Marine Environment

January 1977

FRIES, Janet A.
The Vascular Flora of Nunivak Island, Alaska
Advisor: S.B. Young

Program in Environmental Studies

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