Electronic theses and dissertations from graduate students in the Ocean & Earth Sciences Department, Colleges of Sciences, Old Dominion University, since Fall 2016 are available in this collection. Backfiles of all dissertations (and some theses) have also been added.

In late Fall 2023 or Spring 2024, all theses will be digitized and available here. In the meantime, consult the Library Catalog to find older items in print.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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Dissertation: History of Ice-Rafting in the Arctic Ocean During Glacial Maxima Through Marine Isotope Stage 6, Shannon M. Cofield

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Thesis: Organic Carbon Decay Mediated by Mesopelagic Microbial Communities, Noah Jonathan Craft

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Thesis: A New View of Chlorophyll Dynamics in the Southern Mid-Atlantic Bight from a Two-Year High-Resolution Spray Glider Survey, Francesco Lane

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Dissertation: Tidal Flooding in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the US: Water Quality Effects in the Lower Chesapeake Bay, Alfonso Macias Tapia

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Dissertation: Modeling the Impacts of Sea Level Rise in Coastal Virginia at Multiple Scales, George Murray McLeod IV

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Thesis: Do Microplastics, Vibrio Bacteria, and Warming Water Temperatures Cause Disease in the Northern Star Coral, Astrangia poculata?, Heather Leigh Sheffey

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Dissertation: Nitrogen Cycling in the Lower Chesapeake Bay and Mid- and South Atlantic Bight, Yifan Zhu

Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Thesis: Atlantic Surfclam (Spisula Solidissima) Population Demographics and Distribution Along the Middle Atlantic Bight, Mauricio González Díaz

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Thesis: Using Stock and Flow Modeling to Address Knowledge Gaps in Marine Plastic Pollution Data, Daniel P. Martin

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Thesis: Examining Melt Pond Dynamics and Light Availability in the Arctic Ocean via High Resolution Satellite Imagery, Austin Wesley Abbott

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Dissertation: Towards an Integrated Assessment of Sea-Level Observations Along the U.S. Atlantic Coast, Brett A. Buzzanga

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Dissertation: Shipboard Lidar as a Tool for Remotely Measuring the Distribution and Bulk Characteristics of Marine Particles, Brian Leigh Collister

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Dissertation: Phytoplankton Community Response to Upwelling Events: Distribution and Abundance Investigated Using Genomic Methods, Sveinn V. Einarsson

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Thesis: CODAR's Surface Flow at the Mouth of the Chesapeake Bay: Relation to Bay's and Atlantic's Forcing, Shelby Kathryn Henderson

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Thesis: Estimating the Risk of Future Plastic Marine Debris Resulting from the Urban Coastal Built Environment, Kelly C. Jones

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Dissertation: Understanding the Effect of Internal Climate Variability on 20th Century Indian Ocean Sea Level: Results from Newly Reconstructed Sea Level Data, Praveen Kumar

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Thesis: Reconstructing Surface Water Carbonate Ion Concentration Changes in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific Across Glacial Transitions, Lenzie Gail Ward

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Dissertation: Physiological and Molecular Responses of Eurythermal and Stenothermal Populations of Zostera Marina L (Eelgrass) to Climate Change, Carmen C. Zayas-Santiago

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Thesis: Diatom Community Composition Shifts Driven by Coherent Cyclonic Mesoscale Eddies in the California Current System, Zuzanna Maria Abdala

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Thesis: Constraining Respired Carbon Storage in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Over the Last 25 Thousand Years Using Benthic Foraminiferal Boron/Calcium Ratios, Brian James Close

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Dissertation: In the Margins: Reconsidering the Range and Contribution of Diazotrophs in Nearshore Environments, Corday R. Selden

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Thesis: Sodium-Calcium Ratios in the Planktic Foraminifera Trilobatus Sacculifer as a Proxy for Sea Surface Salinity, Colton Steele Watkins

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Thesis: Persistence of Depositional Features in a Strongly Seasonal, Tide-Dominated Delta, Kallie Flaxington Brown

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Thesis: Submarine Groundwater Discharge in the Southern Chesapeake Bay: Constraints From Numerical Models, Charles Louis Carlson

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Thesis: The Evolution of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation and Tropical Pacific Climate Across the Last Deglaciation, Ryan Hunter Glaubke

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Thesis: Nutrient Controls Over Cyanobacterial Synthesis of the Neurotoxin β-N-Methylamino-L-Alanine (BMAA) and Its Potential Accumulation in the Blue Crab (Callinectes Sapidus), Madeline M. Hummel

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Thesis: Sediment Resuspension in a Microtidal Estuary: Causative Forces and Links with Algal Blooms, Samantha C. McGill

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Dissertation: Coupling Metaproteomics with Taxonomy to Determine Responses of Bacterioplankton to Organic Perturbations in the Western Arctic Ocean, Molly P. Mikan

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Dissertation: Circum-Arctic Mineralogy & Pan-Arctic Chronostratigraphy of Late Pleistocene Sediments: Developing a Comprehensive Age Model for the Western Arctic Ocean Using Unique Ice-Rafted Signals, Wesley Blake Myers

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Thesis: Lipid Biomarkers of Bering and Chukchi Sea Euphausiids and Their Application to Diet History, Rachel L. Pleuthner

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Thesis: The Effect of Evapotranspiration on the Groundwater Dome and Past Drought Conditions at Cape Henry, Virginia, Bryce Omar Shoup

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Thesis: Regional Sea Level Rise Along the United States Coasts, Alessandra G. Burgos

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Thesis: Plastics and Microplastics as Vectors for Bacteria and Human Pathogens, Amanda Lee Laverty

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Thesis: Advances in Amino Acid Analysis for Marine Related Matrices and Its Application to Coastal Shelf Settings in The Canadian Arctic, Rachel M. McMahon

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Thesis: Biogeochemical Cycling of Selenium in the Arctic Ocean, Kyle M. McQuiggan

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Thesis: Wet and Dry Atmospheric Deposition of Nutrients and Bioactive Trace Metals to Coastal Waters of the Mid-Atlantic Bight, Christine Sookhdeo

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Dissertation: High Resolution Spectra of Carbon Monoxide, Propane and Ammonia for Atmospheric Remote Sensing, Christopher Andrew Beale

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Thesis: Precipitation and Sea Level Rise Impacts on Groundwater Levels in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Brett A. Buzzanga

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Dissertation: Analysis of Virginia Barrier Island Shoreline Movement and Correlations to Sea Level, Wave Height Changes, and Teleconnection Patterns, James Daniel Haluska

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Thesis: Groundwater and Tidal Controls on Wetland Hydrology, Julie J. Metz Wetland Mitigation Bank, Woodbridge, Virginia, Benjamin Stuart Hiza

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Dissertation: Influence of Tides and Mesoscale Eddies in the Ross Sea, Stefanie Lynn Mack

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Dissertation: Life History and Management Methods for Blueline Tilefish (Caulolatilus microps) from the United States Mid-Atlantic Region, Michael A. Schmidtke

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Thesis: Hydrologic Response Caused by Wetland Expansion at Huntley Meadows Park in Hybla Valley, Virginia, Stephen Fraser Stone

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Thesis: Selenium Distribution and Cycling in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific Ocean, Zoe Wambaugh

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Dissertation: Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Photochemistry of Zostera Marina L., Billur Celebi

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Thesis: Distributions of Euphausia Superba, Euphausia Crystallorophias, and Pleuragramma Antarcticum with Correlations to Environmental Variables in the Western Ross Sea, Antarctica, Linnea Brynn Davis

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Thesis: Reevaluating the Geologic Formations of the Upper Coastal Plain in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Bradley Aaron Fitzwater

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Dissertation: The Marine Cyanate Cycle, Brittany Widner

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Dissertation: The Impact of Multiple Nursery Areas on the Population Structure of Atlantic Menhaden, Brevooria tyrannus, Kristen A. Anstead

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Dissertation: Organic Copper Binding Ligands and Thiol Compounds Produced by Bacteria and in the Elizabeth River, Virginia, Christina Louise Dryden

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Thesis: Comparison of Two Separation Methods for Biological Particles: Field-Flow Fractionation (FFF) and Sucrose Density Gradients, Cody E. Garrison

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Dissertation: Modeling Studies of Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) Survival During Transport Across the Scotia Sea and Environs, Bettina Andrea Fach

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Dissertation: Observations and Modeling Forcing Mechanisms for the Coastal Dynamics of the Upper Gulf of Thailand, Suriyan Saramul

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Thesis: A New Phase Speciation Leaching Procedure for the Determination of Metals in Oxic and Anoxic Sediments, Brandon R. Gipson

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Dissertation: Assessing Movement of Fish Through Spectral Analysis of Otolith Life History Scans, Renee Reilly Hoover

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Dissertation: Eukaryotic Microbes in the Deep Sea: Abundance, Diversity, and the Effect of Pressure, Danielle Morgan-Smith

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Dissertation: Modeling the Dispersion of Eastern Oyster Larvae (Crassostrea virginica) and its Effects on the Movement of Disease Resistant Genes in the Delaware Bay Estuary, Diego A. Narvaez

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Dissertation: Grazing on Synechococcus spp. by the Red-Tide Dinoflagellate Karenia brevis: Implications for Bloom Dynamics in the Gulf of Mexico, Leo A. Procise

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Dissertation: Population Dynamics of Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus; Walbaum 1792) in the Chesapeake Bay Region: A comparison to Other Areas and an Assessment of Their Current Status, Joseph Charles Ballenger

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Dissertation: Evaluating Methods for Optimizing Classification Success From Otolith Tracers for Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) in the Chesapeake Bay, Stacy Kavita Beharry

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Dissertation: Controls on the Formation of Algal Blooms in the Lower Chesapeake Bay and Its Tributaries, Ryan Eric Morse

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Dissertation: Circulation of the Western Antarctic Peninsula: Implications for Biological Production, Maria Andrea Piñones Valenzuela

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Dissertation: Interannual Differences in Nutrient Dynamics During a Brown Tide Bloom (Aureococcus anophagefferens) and the Interaction of A. anophagefferens with Heterotrophic Bacteria, George Eric Boneillo

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Dissertation: Concentrations, Distributions and Chemical Speciation of Zinc and Cadmium in the Equatorial and South Atlantic Ocean, Gonzalo G. Carrasco

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Dissertation: Oxygen Isotopes as a Tracer of DOM Processes in River-Estuary Systems, Joy Ashley Matthews

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Dissertation: Trace Metal Biogeochemistry in the Western North Pacific, Peter Lynn Morton

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Dissertation: Reactivity and Chemical Characterization of Dissolved Organic Matter in an Estuary, Hussain A. Abdulla

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Dissertation: Factors Affecting Adult Foraging and Chick Growth of Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) off the Western Antarctic Peninsula: A Modeling Study, Erik W. Chapman

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Thesis: Biogenic Tracers Through the Holocene on the Alaskan Shelf, Carie A. Curry

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Dissertation: Characterization of Antibiotic Resistance in Vibrio cholerae Isolated From Ships' Ballast and Other Environmental Sources, Frank Kornegay Thomson III

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Dissertation: Changing Fecundity and Reproductive Output in Females of a Chesapeake Bay Population of Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus, Shannon L. Wells

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Dissertation: Microtextures of Cyanobacterial Mats in Siliciclastic Sedimentary Environments (Modern & Ancient): Applications to the Search for Life on Mars, Dina M. Bower

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Dissertation: Nutrient and Carbon Dynamics in the Chesapeake Bay Outflow Plume and Their Effect on the Coastal Ocean Environment, Katherine C. Filippino

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Dissertation: Modeling the Seasonal Sea Ice Cycle in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, Yusuf Sinan Hûsrevoğlu

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Dissertation: Frontal Variability in Drake Passage - A Modeling Study, Bin Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Thesis: Condensed and Expanded Sections in the Lower Mesaverde Clastic Wedge, Campanian of Wyoming: Evidence for Tectonic Rectification of Sea Level, Matthew W. Botzler

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Dissertation: Seagrass-Mediated Carbonate Dissolution and Early Diagenesis in Bahamas Bank Sediments, Xinping Hu

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Dissertation: The Observation, Modeling, and Retrieval of Bio-Optical Properties for Coastal Waters of the Southern Chesapeake Bay, Xiaoju Pan

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Thesis: Cave Development in Strata of Ordovician-and Silurian-Devonian-Age in Highland County, Virginia, Carol Ann Peterson

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Dissertation: Mixed Layer Dynamics Along the Seward Line in the Northern Gulf of Alaska, Nandita Sarkar

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Dissertation: Annual and Interannual Variability in the Wind Field and the Hydrography Along the Seward Line in the Northern Gulf of Alaska, Isaac Schroeder

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Thesis: Investigation of a Possible Lead-Lag Relationship Between the Innuitian and Laurentide Ice Sheets, Arctic Canada, Paula Zimmerman

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Thesis: Age Validation and Reproductive Biology of Bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix, Along the East Coast of United States, Eric Robillard

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Dissertation: Continuously Stratified Flow Dynamics Over a Hollow, David Salas-Monreal

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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Dissertation: Correlation and Causes of Fifth Order Cycles Within the Upper Cretaceous Eagle Formation, Bighorn Basin of Wyoming, Kimberly Ann Johnson

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Dissertation: Modeling the Effects of Physical and Biogeochemical Processes on Phytoplankton Species and Carbon Production in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean, Baris Salihoglu

Dissertation: Geochemical Behavior of the Rare Earth Elements in Natural Terrestrial Waters, Jianwu Tang

Theses/Dissertations from 2004

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Dissertation: Inter-Annual to Inter-Decadal Variability of Upwelling and Anchovy Population off Northern Chile, Jose L. Blanco-Garcia

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Thesis: Hydrologic Variations Within Created and Natural Wetlands in Southeastern Virginia, Aaron Dyer Despres

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Dissertation: The Effect of Submarine Canyon Width and Stratification on Coastal Circulation and Across Shelf Exchange, Kyung-Hoon Hyun

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Dissertation: Estimation of Primary Production and Carbon Flux in Antarctic Coastal Waters: A Modeling Study, Hae-Cheol Kim

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Dissertation: Inner Shelf Circulation in Coastal Virginia: A Data Assimilation Approach, Hector Hito Sepulveda

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Thesis: Anthropogenic Lead Deposition and Four National Parks in Poland as Determined by Lead Isotope Ratios, Shannon Simcoe

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Dissertation: An Investigation of Dissolved Organic Matter in a Shallow Coastal Bay Subject to Aureococcus anophagefferens Blooms, Jean-Paul Simjouw

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Dissertation: Bio-Optical Properties of the Arctic Waters: Empirical and Theoretical Observations, Jian Wang

Theses/Dissertations from 2003

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Dissertation: Wind-Induced Exchange in Semi-Enclosed Basins, Rosario Sanay

Theses/Dissertations from 2002

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Dissertation: Modeling the Biogeochemical Cycle of Selenium in the San Francisco Bay, Shannon L. Meseck

Theses/Dissertations from 2001

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Dissertation: Transverse Variability of the Flow and Density in Inlets of Southern Chile, Mario Arturo Cáceres Muñoz

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Dissertation: Trichodesmium spp.: Numerical Studies of Resource Competition, Carbohydrate Ballasting, and Remote-Sensing Reflectance, Tonya Denise Clayton

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Dissertation: Coastal Ocean Morphodynamics and the Resulting Erosion and Deposition: An Analytical Approach, Shejun Fan