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Theses/Dissertations from 2024

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Evaluating The Performance Of Winter Peas As Dual-Use Crops For Both Cover Crop And Profit Crop, Emmanuel Kwame Brefo, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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The Inclusion of Woodchips and Drinking Water Treatment Residuals in Vegetated Bioretention Planters: How Do They Stack Up to Conventional Soil Media?, Samantha Kay Brewer, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Selection For Insecticide Tolerance Alters Phenotypic, Transcriptomic, And Epigenetic Responses To Multiple Stressors In The Colorado Potato Beetle., Erika Bueno, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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Assessing The Impact Of An Intervention To Build Food Agency During Emerging Adulthood, Amy Finley, MS, Food Systems

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An Agroecological Approach To Improving Soil Health Practices On Vermont Vegetable Farms, Rebecca Reed Maden, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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The Population Genetics Of Four Ant Species In A Fragmented Urban Environment, Jacob Anthony Sorrentino, MS, Biology

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Compensatory Mechanisms in Eye Development: Critical overlapping roles of Crk and Nck adaptor proteins in the zebrafish retina, Helaina Renee Stergas, PhD, Biology

Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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A Quantitative Study Of The Impact Of Foreign Aid On Economic Growth And Human Development Index In Afghanistan From 1960-2020, Fareed Ahmadi, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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“no Solamente Del Café Puede Vivir Uno...”: Participatory Action Research On Agricultural Diversification In Smallholder Coffee Systems Of Chiapas, Mexico, Janica Mia-Maaria Anderzén, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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Applications Of Bayesian Hierarchical Detection Models, Emily Beasley, PhD, Biology

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Investigating Dna Methylation In Ruminants: Conserved Patterns, Tissue Specificity, And Evolutionary Impact, Suraj Bhattarai, PhD, Animal Biosciences

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Weathering Gradients in Podzols of the Northeastern U.S., Jenny Bower, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation And Vermicompost To Manage Rhizoctonia Solani In Organic Lettuce, Anna Rissland Brown, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Understanding The Connections Between Cross-Sector Collaboration And Service Delivery For Charitable Organizations Using Mixed Methods, Kristin Elizabeth Darby, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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The Effects Of Processed Seaweed Supplements On Rumen Fermentation And Methane Production In Vitro, Ashley Winter Driemel, MS, Animal Biosciences

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Effects of Late Gestation Episodic heat Stress in the Northeastern United States on Holstein Dams and their Calves, Emily Fread, MS, Animal Biosciences

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Groundwater Governance and Agricultural Sustainability: Examining Farmer Interactions with California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Zachary Matthew Goldstein, MS, Food Systems

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Encapsulation And Culture Of Plant Protoplasts In Hydrogel Microspheres Using Droplet Microfluidics, Matthew Grasso, PhD, Plant Biology

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Exploring Potential Domains of Agroecological Transformation in the United States, Catherine Horner, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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Dengue Virus Modulation Of Genome Instability In Vero E6 Cells, Erica Nicole Lamkin, MS, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

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A Qualitative Study Of Rural Plant-Based Eaters’ Knowledge And Planning For Nutritional Adequacy, Michelle Leonetti, MS, Food Systems

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Detecting Ranavirus Presence In Vermont Through Avian Species And Edna, Raymond Looney, MS, Biology

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Potential Enhanced Stress Tolerance Of Outbreak-Associated Salmonella Enterica From Multiple U.s. Outbreaks, Ariel E. Martin, MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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Towards A Food-Secure Future In An Era Of Uncertainty: Cultivating Resilience In Vulnerable Smallholder Food Systems, Maya Moore, PhD, Food Systems

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Influence Of Dietary Carbohydrate Profile On Rumen Health Of Dairy Cows And Identification Of Milk Protein Biomarkers As Indicators Of Carbohydrate-Induced Ruminal Shifts., Bharath Kumar Mulakala, PhD, Animal Biosciences

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The Effect Of Tryptamine Producing Bacteria On Gut Motility In Mice, Emilia Sofia Norberg, MS, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

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Green Space, Mental Health & Risk-Related Behaviors During The Covid-19 Pandemic, Megan Roush, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Examining Gendered Aspects Of Land Tenure Security And Smallholder Food Security During The Covid-19 Pandemic In Uganda, Michelle B. Saunders, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Evaluation Of Forage Energetics And Implications To Pasture-Based Dairy Cattle In The Northeastern United States., Miriam Allison Snider, PhD, Animal Biosciences

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Socio-ecological economic impact analysis of food systems initiatives using mixed methods and community-based research approaches, Josiah J. Taylor, PhD, Food Systems

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Functional Evolution Of Latd/nip And Its Role In Abscisic Acid Localization In Medicago Truncatula, Berke Tinaz, PhD, Plant Biology

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Reorienting Local Housing Development Trends Via Land Value Taxation: A Bottom-Up and Top-Down Quantitative Analysis, Dakota B. Walker, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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The effects of ericoid inoculum source and nutrient addition on growth and reproduction in highbush blueberry, Ilana Williams, MS, Biology

Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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The Effect of Amphibian Host Ecology and Evolution on the Pathogen Dynamics of Ranavirus, Lauren V. Ash, PhD, Biology

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Copepods As A Model System For Exploring The Impacts Of Climate Change On Marine Ectotherms, Lauren Ashlock, PhD, Biology

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Determining The Effects Of Castration And Estrogen Replacement On Habit Development In Adult Male Long Evans Rats, Francesca Carasi-Schwartz, MS, Biology

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Investigating Routes Of Pollinator Exposure To Pesticides, Jessica Cole, MS, Biology

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Anchoring Communities Through Crisis: Enhancing Anchor Institutions’ Roles In Local Food Systems, Naomi Cunningham, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Evolution Of Drought And Low Temperature Responses In Temperate Pooideae Grasses: Timings, Determinants, And Intersections, Aayudh Das, PhD, Plant Biology

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Hemp in the United States: An Analysis of Policy and Consumption, Amanda Falkner, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Communicating during widespread systematic noise reduction amid Covid-19 lockdowns: A tale of two marine vertebrates in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama, Emma Gagne, MS, Biology

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Seeding Coexistence: Understanding the Potential for Seed System Pluralism Through a Mixed-Methods Research Study of Vermont Growers, Carina Isbell, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Characterization And Manipulation Of O-Glcnacylation In Granulosa Cells Of Bovine Ovarian Antral Follicles, Abigail Marie Maucieri, MS, Animal Science

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Diversity and distribution of the malaria parasites (genus Plasmodium) of the Common Loon (Gavia immer) and of Vermont mosquitoes, Alyssa Neuhaus, MS, Biology

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Elements Of Biocontrol Strategies For Pheretimoid Earthworms, Maryam Nouri-Aiin, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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Providing New Insights On Sarracenia Purpurea’s Stoichiometry, Morphology, Obligate Invertebrates, And Plankton Communities In Response To N And P Deposition., Lindsey Ann Pett, PhD, Biology

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Drought Tolerance in Native and Invasive Populations of the Centaurea jacea Hybrid Complex, Zoe Portlas, MS, Plant Biology

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Whistle Repertoire And Structure Reflect Ecotype Distinction Of Pantropical Spotted Dolphins In The Eastern Tropical Pacific, Manali Rege-Colt, MS, Biology

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Adaptive Capacity And [un]natural Disasters: Puerto Rican Farmers’ Adaption And Food Security Outcomes After Hurricane Maria, Luis Alexis Rodriguez-Cruz, PhD, Food Systems

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Exploring Mycorrhizae In Riparian Restoration To Enhance Phosphorus Mitigation And Pollinator Habitat On Unceded Territory, Jessica Ann Rubin, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Characterizing Phosphorus Transport to Agricultural Tile Drains in Vermont, Ryan Andrew Ruggiero, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Sustainability Transitions With Precision Agriculture And Compatible Incentives For Farmers, Benjamin E. Ryan, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Spiny spiders and spiny trees: Molecular phylogenetics and biogeographic reconstruction reveal history of recurrent overwater dispersal events, single-island endemics, and new species of Caribbean Micrathena (Araneae: Araneidae), Lily Kay Shapiro, MS, Biology

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Experiences Participating In Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs During The Early Months Of The Covid-19 Pandemic: A Mixed Methods Study In Vermont, Emma Haven Spence, MS, Food Systems

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Visualizing The Forces Exerted During 3d Motility By Toxoplasma Gondii, Rachel Stadler, PhD, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

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Changing environmental conditions and the response and potential adaptability of freshwater whitefishes, Taylor R. Stewart, PhD, Biology

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Building Relationships and Resilience: Local Food Systems in Vermont and New England During the Covid-19 Pandemic and Beyond, Claire Whitehouse, MS, Food Systems

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Multiscale assessment of drinking water treatment residuals as a phosphorus sorbing amendment in stormwater bioretention systems, Michael Rick Ament, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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The Effects Of Dietary Yeast Extracts On Rumen Microbiota And Fermentation In A Dual-Flow Continuous Culture Fermentation System, Lauren Baker, MS, Animal Science

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Spillover, dilution, and coinfection: Understanding the spread of disease within managed and native bee communities., Phillip A. Burnham, PhD, Biology

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Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions Regarding The Nutrition Of Dairy And Plant-Based Dairy Alternatives, Bridget Clark, MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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Biofilm Sanitizer Tolerance of Vermont Dairy Listeria monocytogenes, Emily C. Forauer, MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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Influence Of Summer Hedging And Plant Growth Regulators On Apple Trees Grown For Hard Cider. An Evaluation Of Return Bloom, Tree Growth, And Juice Quality., Jessica A. Foster, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Unique Genomic And Phenotypic Responses To Extreme And Variable Ph Conditions In Purple Urchin Larvae, Strongylocentrotus Purpuratus, April Dawn Garrett, MS, Biology

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Effects of changing winter severity on plankton ecology in temperate lakes, Allison Rose Hrycik, PhD, Biology

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Examining Consumer Perceptions And Behaviors Toward Hemp-Based Products, Hannah Lacasse, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Much needed studies of the three players of Chagas disease in Central America: vertebrate blood meal sources and EcoHealth, a new vector species description, and key phylogenetic analysis of the trypanosome parasite., RAQUEL ASUNCION LIMA CORDON, PhD, Biology

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Structural Characterization Of The Novel Flightin Domain Wyr And Its Defining Role In The Thick Filament Structure And Mechanics, Lynda Menard, PhD, Biology

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Food From Somewhere: Envisioning and Practicing Aspirational Food Systems, Caitlin Morgan, PhD, Food Systems

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Policy and Economic Variables Influencing Adoption of Sustainable Electrification in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa, Payne William Morgan, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Sarracenia purpurea as a model system for aquatic ecosystem state changes and their impact on bacterial communities, Amanda Claire Northrop, PhD, Biology

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It’s More Than Profits: Examining Perceived Success In Agritourism, Lindsay Quella, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Organic Amendments Alter Soil Hydrology and Belowground Microbiome of Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum), Taylor Readyhough, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Microevolution In Staphylococcus Aureus: Does Exposure To Sub-Lethal Levels Of Cinnamon Bark Oil Lead To Changes In Antimicrobial Susceptibility?, Heather Sandra Schuettner, MS, Animal Biosciences

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Microevolution In Staphylococcus Aureus: Does Exposure To Sub-Lethal Levels Of Cinnamon Bark Oil Lead To Changes In Antimicrobial Susceptibility?, Heather Sandra Schuettner, MS, Animal Biosciences

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The Effect Of Physically Effective Undegradable Neutral Detergent Fiber And Rumen Fermentable Starch On Lactating Holstein Cows, Katherine Mae Smith, MS, Animal Science

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After The Flood: Exploring The Influence Of Risk Perception And Decision Criteria Preference On Flood Mitigation In The Lake Champlain Richelieu River Basin, Emma Jane Spett, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Metarhizium Anisopliae, Metarhizium Brunneum And Beauveria Bassiana Formulations For Biological Control Of Larval Winter Ticks, Dermacentor Albipictus, Cheryl Sullivan, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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Phosphorus and Nitrogen Losses in Runoff from Fields with and without Tile Drainage, Leanna Thalmann, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Determinants Of Antibody Immunity In Flavivirus Infections And Immunization, Huy Tu, PhD, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

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Effect of long-term dietary fat quality on metabolic health with a special focus on dairy fat, Allison L. Unger, PhD, Animal Science

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Climate Responses Of Red Spruce (picea Rubens Sarg.) And Its Associated Forest Community Along Elevational Gradients In The Northeastern United States., Brittany Verrico, PhD, Plant Biology

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Enhancing Ecosystem Services And Climate Resilience In Agriculture: A Transdisciplinary Approach, Alissa White, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Feeding Strategies For Grazing Organic Dairy Cows And The Impact On Milk Production., Ariel Ayers, MS, Animal Science

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The Energetic Consequences Of Winter Foraging For Northern Temperate Fish Species, Benjamin David Block, MS, Biology

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Rapid evolution in agroecosystems: transposable elements and epigenetics in the colorado potato beetle, Kristian Brevik, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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From Gondwana to GAARlandia: Molecular phylogenetics and historical biogeography of spiders, Lisa Chamberland, PhD, Biology

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Social Networking and Social Media as Resilience Strategies Among US Women Farmers, Kerry Daigle, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Validation Of Two Gluten Elisa Assays Utilizing A Novel Polyclonal Antibody System, Lukas Emerson-Mason, MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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A Generic Classification Of The Thelypteridaceae, Susan E. Fawcett, PhD, Plant Biology

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Measuring Comprehensive Wellbeing In Vermont: An Applied Economics Perspective, Katherine Gallagher, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Farm Fresh Food Boxes, Lauren Greco, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Seed Systems Of Bhutanese-Nepali Refugee Gardeners: Making Place In Chittenden County, Vermont, June Guo, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Formulation And Functional Properties Of Whey Protein Based Tissue Adhesive Using Totarol As An Antimicrobial Agent, Yifan Hou, MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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Examining Vermont Agricultural Producers’ Willingness To Pay For Extension One-On-One Business Planning Services And Future Programming Considerations, Anthony Kitsos, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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The Potential of Refugee Seed Systems to Promote Contemporary Adaptation in Traditional Crops: A Case Study of African Maize in New England, Andi Kur, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Chemical Properties And Probiotics Survivability Of Symbiotic Coconut Yogurt Using Polymerized Whey Protein As A Gelation Agent, Jinglin Lu, MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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Increasing The Agronomic And Economic Value Of Chickpea And Pea, Edward Marques, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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From Tap to Table: Consumer Values, Producer Attitudes, and Vermont Maple Syrup in a Dynamic Landscape, Aidan Conor McCracken, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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From Molecules to Whole Organisms: Insect Responses to Climate Change, Emily Elizabeth Mikucki, PhD, Biology