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

To view capstones and theses separately, please see the links below:

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Capstones/Theses from 2001

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

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Master's Thesis: 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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Capstone Project: An analysis of the growth of Penaeus vannamei shrimp at the Aquafuture Corporation, Heather Stahr

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

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

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

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Capstone Project: Coral reef conservation science, Rachel Oshry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Capstone Project: Exploring the unincorporated status of Pajaro, CA, Ernesto Sánchez

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Master's Thesis: 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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Master's Thesis: Family literacy project : achievement, motivation and connection, Kerry Conner

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Master's Thesis: Fiji East Indian educational implications in Monterey County, Vinay Singh

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Master's Thesis: 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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Master's Thesis: Participatory community literacy in Peace Corps training, Natalie Ulrica Gray

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

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

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

Capstones/Theses from 1999

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Capstone Project: 1999 amphibian survey of the former Fort Ord, Kim Stevens

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

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

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Capstone Project: Costs to China of implementing the Kyoto Protocol, Charlotte Hadley

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

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

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

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

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

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Capstone Project: Modeling the Gabilan Creek Watershed with KINEROS, Mitchell Brian Fadem

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Capstone Project: Monitoring Fort Ord dune restoration, Mike Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capstones/Theses from 1998

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

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