This digital archive of Capstone projects and Master's theses gathers the culminating experiences of both undergraduate and graduate students at CSUMB.

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Capstones/Theses from 2001

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Sustainability and photovoltaic technology in Nicaragua, Benjjamin Rudd

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Teacher buy-in : one school's experience to improve student achievement, Susana Bugarin

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The design of specialized hardware to anchor sampling instruments on rocky subtidal substrates, Paulo Serpa

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The missing link : our Mexican California past, 1821-1848, Max G. Macias

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The use of geographic information systems in understanding invasive species in the Big Sur Weed Management Area, Marc Mungaray

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Water's world : a study of Wisconsin's water legislation and possible impacts on the future of water rights, Anna Cox

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What social or cultural factors assist or hinder Japanese learners in acquiring communication skills in English?, Miyuki Murase

Capstones/Theses from 2000

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An analysis of the growth of Penaeus vannamei shrimp at the Aquafuture Corporation, Heather Stahr

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An interpretation of the columnar structures found in the basal of the Aromas sandstone on Fort Ord, California, and its implication in interpreting paleoenvironmental conditions during the Quaternary, Adrian Rocha

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Assessing economic impacts of marine protected areas through GIS, Paul G. Garcia

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California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in action : the use of science and policy to assess environmental impacts, Kathy Nitayangkul

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California sea lion and harbor seal marks on salmonids : can they be used to estimate relative predation?, Melissa Allen

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Coral reef conservation science, Rachel Oshry

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Correlating taxa diversity with pool area at the vernal pools of Fort Ord near Monterey, California, Sandy Ayala

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Crustacean diversity in the vernal pools and permanent ponds of Fort Ord, Erin Mitchell

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Depth and substrate preferences of preadult cabezon (Scorpaenichthys marmoratus) in Point Lobos Marine Reserve, Michael Ross Castleton

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Educating the public on dangers posed by northern elephant seals via an interactive map, Kristi West

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Emergent literacy and second language development : a case study of six English language learners in a Structured English Immersion kindergarten, Katherine Dixson-Clark

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Emerita analoga (Stimpson) as an indicator species for paralytic shellfish poisoning toxicity along the California coast, Talitha J. Manouki

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Emerita analoga (Stimpson) -- possible new indicator species for the phycotoxin domoic acid in California coastal waters, Maria E. Ferdin

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Exploring the unincorporated status of Pajaro, CA, Ernesto Sánchez

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Family literacy project : achievement, motivation and connection, Kerry Conner

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Fiji East Indian educational implications in Monterey County, Vinay Singh

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Intrinsic motivation as a core to educational achievement, Amy E. Carman

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Lead exposure analysis of the Fort Ord Deconstruction Project, David Johnston

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Making comprehension comprehensible : using explicit instruction in comprehension skills and effective groupwork strategies to increase secondary student reading achievement, Kelly Kathryne Smith

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Monitoring Eriogonum populations on the coastal dunes of the former Fort Ord for the reestablishment of Euphilotes enoptes var. smithi, Carol A. Bowman

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Monitoring urban sprawl in Salinas city (1985 to 1999) : using remote sensing techniques, Bryant Bertrand

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Organic farming, agriculture and our food system : science, words and art, Zachary Knapp

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Participatory community literacy in Peace Corps training, Natalie Ulrica Gray

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Processes linking wave exposure to periphyton load on Zostera marina leaves in the Chincoteague and Chesapeake Bays, Randy Lee

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Struggling in U.S. society : three ethnic group's [sic] perspective of U.S. society, Xiu Zhang

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The demographics of childhood lead poisoning in Monterey County, Darcie Loth

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The effects of human activity on the foraging behavior of sanderlings (Calidris alba), Kate Thomas

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The emancipating power of education : reshaping the intellectual paradigm of California's Mexican-American community, Adrian Andrade

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The importance of meeting the needs of captive dolphins and the benefits of establishing a successful training program, Jennifer DePaolo

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The invasive Asian clam Potamocorbula amurensis : potential effects on geochemical flux in South San Francisco Bay, California, K. Brynie Kaplan

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The sea around us : improving ocean awareness for students through education that links classrooms and the community, Tyana Denali Thayer

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The use of GIS to analyze and visualize the source and extent of mercury contamination in the sediments of the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento Delta watershed system, David C. Rosenow

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University life : living and flourishing in accordance with Jewish law, Jason Yehuda Leib Weiner

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What's a man? : gender discourse and Fort Ord newspapers during the Viet Nam war, John Klein

Capstones/Theses from 1999

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1999 amphibian survey of the former Fort Ord, Kim Stevens

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A characterization of the urban runoff that flows into Monterey Bay from the cities of Monterey, Seaside, Sand City and Del Rey Oaks, California, Bridget Hoover

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A cost-effectiveness analysis comparing the waste disposal options of landfilling and composting at the California State University, Monterey Bay, Paul Gamble

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Analysis of runoff in the Elkhorn Slough Watershed as a result of land-use change using the BGC model, runoff rational method and GIS, Brandon Oberbauer

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Application of GIS and GPS to landform analysis in the Chualar Creek Watershed, Carolina Morgan

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A review of the feeding, migratory, and breeding ecology of the eastern Pacific gray whale and related anthropogenic environmental impacts, Rebecca Hager

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Community food security in Salinas : an evaluation of the Salinas Community Food Security Collaborative leadership strategies, Darcie Warden

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Costs to China of implementing the Kyoto Protocol, Charlotte Hadley

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Development, economics, and policies surrounding the use of DNA probes for harmful algal bloom monitoring programs, Saundra Butcher

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Ecological assessment applied to stream restoration and revegetation : El Toro Creek, Monterey County, California, Mya Martin

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Environmental education for historically under-educated and low-income homeowners, Ylena Shayne

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Impacts of elevated COâ‚‚ and climate change on watershed ecological processes, Bryan Murphy

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Interannual variability of poleward flow and mixed layer characteristics off Monterey Bay during ENSO 1997-98 relative to prior ENSO and non-ENSO years, Carolina Fayos

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Long Marine Lab : further development of education programs through teacher surveys, Laura Kovalek

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Modeling the Gabilan Creek Watershed with KINEROS, Mitchell Brian Fadem

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Monitoring Fort Ord dune restoration, Mike Hall

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Multicultural learning environment for Mong children in the California north coast : home and school collaboration, Yer J. Thao

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Promoting public awareness about natural lands : a self-guided nature trail brochure, Thor N. Anderson

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Protozoa for use as bio indicator [i.e. bio-indicator] of ecosystem health : a preliminary study as to the effect of protozoa assessing differences between sites and as an indication of toxicity, Dak Sivertson

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The CDROM, GIS data of the Monterey Bay : inception, application, implementation, Randolph Bucciarelli

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The impact of urban sprawl in reducing the agricultural land base in the Salinas Valley : a GIS approach, Theresa Soliz

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The use of geographic information systems in understanding jubata grass infestations along the Big Sur coast, Ryan Heacock

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Using ecosystem process modelling to estimate a fire danger index rating in Monterey, California, Gina Lee Hamilton

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Why do rivers flood? : a visual and informative study about the problems and issues of flooding affecting the Carmel River, Jonathan Saiki

Capstones/Theses from 1998

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A study in progress on the effects of logging on sediment transport and runoff in the Torcido and Jaroso Watersheds of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of southern Colorado and some thoughts on potential ramifications to local irrigation, agriculture, economy and culture, Dale Thomas Hameister

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Evaluation & monitoring of Monterey County's efforts to improve the channel capacity of the Salinas River, Jeff Conger

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Innovations in earth systems science curriculum : a case study on methyl bromide, E Ross