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Recent M.S. Theses and Ph.D. Dissertations

Thesis and dissertation titles from 1967-1994 are available upon request from the Department of Geology. Please see our Alumni News page for news and updates on the careers and activities of our alumni.
More than 40 theses and dissertations of the Department of Geology are currently available to the public through the OhioLink ETD Center. Access the Department of Geology electronic theses and dissertations list, from within the Kent State University Campus System.
2014       
Lyle, C. A.    Petrographical, Thermochronological, and Geochemical Analysis of Pan-African Age Metamorphic and Shear Zone Rocks in Western Ethiopia and Southern Sri Lanka    Holm   
Kornecki, K.    Cretaceous Confluence in the Coon Creek Formation (Maastrichtian) of Mississippi and Tennessee, USA: Taphonomy and Systematic Paleontology of a decapod Konservat-Lagerstätte    Feldmann   
Onur, E. M.    Predicting the Permeability of Sandy Soils from Grain Size Distributions    Shakoor   
Reilly, D. A.    Identification of Local Ground Water Pollution in Northeastern Pennsylvania: Marcellus Flow-back or Not?    Jefferson and Singer   
Siriwardana, C.H.E.R., Ph.D.    Characterization of Paleoclimate and Marine Processes Associated with Late Pleistocene Glacial Sedimentation of the Chukchi Margin, Arctic Ocean    Ortiz   
Stepp, A.    Descriptions and Biodiversity of Decapods in the Seroe Domi Formation of Curaçao    Feldmann   
Tizzano, A. S.    A Geotechnical Investigation of the October 2011 Cedar City Landslide, Utah    Shakoor   
Wiles, S. G.    Nature and Mechanisms of Displacements at Wolf Creek Dam, Jamestown, Kentucky    Shakoor   

2013       
Atallah, N. W.    An Investigation of the Origin of Rock City and Cause of Piping Problems at Mountain Lake, Giles County, Virginia    Shakoor   
Bonini, N.    Comparison of VNIR Derivative and Visible Fluorescence Spectroscopy Methods for Pigment Estimation in an Estuarine Ecosystem: Old Woman Creek, Huron, Ohio    Ortiz   
Frantescu, A. L., Ph.D.    Comparative study of the Eocene fossil Decapod crustaceans of the North American Atlantic Coast and European Tethyan Provinces    Feldmann   
Frantescu, O. D., Ph.D.    Systematics, paleobiogeography, and paleoecology of Cretaceous Decapod faunas from northeast Texas    Feldmann   
Harrison, J. A.    A correlation of Western Arctic Ocean sedimentation during the Late Holocene with an atmospheric temperature proxy record from a glacial lake in the Brooks Range, Alaska    Ortiz   
Hull, A. L.    Geochronology and thermochronology of Precambrian basement drill core samples in Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota    Holm   
Jones, A.    Population Dynamics of Dakoticancer ovranus from the Pierre Shale, South Dakota.    Schweitzer   
Nwaodua, E. C.    Last Deglacial Arctic to Pacific Transgressions via the Bering Strait: Implications for Climate, Meltwater Source, Ecosystems and Southern Ocean Wind Strength    Ortiz   
Robins, C. M., Ph.D.    Systematics and phylogeny of the fossil Galatheoidea (Anomura, Decapoda): Uncovering their evolutionary path    Feldmann   
Waugh, D. A., Ph.D.    Utility of fossil cuticle morphology applied to the taphonomy and taxonomy of Decapod crustaceans    Feldmann   

2012     

Bloxon, J. M.    Characterization of the Porosity Distribution within the Clinton Formation, Ashtabula County, Ohio by Geophysical Core and Well Logging    Ortiz   
Enzweiler, K.    A Geotechnical characterization of the epikarst at the Clearwater dam site, Wayne County, Missouri    Shakoor   
Scheiner, S. W.    Refining Paleoproterozoic Sedimentary Sequence Boundaries in East-Central Minnesota, Carlton County: Implications for Source, Age, Correlations, and Tectonic Histories    Holm   
Aaron, G. L.    A geochemical and hydrologic comparison and assessment of acid mine drainage in glaciated and unglaciated eastern Ohio    Griffith   
Safai Jazi, R.    Simulation of groundwater flow system in Sand Lick Watershed, Boone County, West Virginia (numerical modeling approach)    Eckstein   
Klompmaker, A. A., Ph.D.    Mesozoic Decapod Diversity with an Emphasis on the Early Cretaceous (Albian) of Spain    Feldmann   
Gautam, T., Ph.D.    An Investigation of Disintegration Behavior of Mudrocks Based on Laboratory and Field Tests    Shakoor   
Cope, N.    Thermochronology and geochronology of the Otter Lake region, QC, Central Metasedimentary Belt, Grenville Province    Holm   
Seyoum, W.     Hydraulic Relationships Between Buried Valley Sediments and Adjacent Bedrock Formations    Eckstein   

2011   

Dalqamouni, A. Y., Ph.D.    Development of a Landslide Hazard Rating System for Selected Counties in Northeastern Ohio    Shakoor   
Ali, K.A., Ph.D.    Prediction of Water Quality Parameters from VIR Spectral Radiometry: Using Lake Erie as a Natural Laboratory for Analysis of Case 2 Waters    Ortiz   
Amey, K. S., Ph.D.    Hydrology And Predictive Model Of Headwater Streams And The Groundwater/Surface Water Interactions Supporting Brook Trout Habitat In Northeast Ohio    Smith   
Maharjan, M.    Interpretation of Domestic Water Well Production Data as a Tool for Detection of Bedrock Fractured Zones under Cover of the Glacial Formations in Geauga County, Ohio    Eckstein   
Widanagamage, I. H.    EMPA Dating of Monazite from High Grade Metamorphic Rocks along the Highland-Vijayan Boundary Zone, Sri Lanka    Holm   
Siriwardana, C. H. E. R.    Paleoclimatic characterization of Arctic Ocean Sediments around the Northwind Ridge using XRF and VNIR    Ortiz   
Wells, K.    Paleoecology of Beringian Lacustrine Deposits as Indicated by Northern Hemisphere Ostracode Biogeography    Smith   
Mehrotra, N.    Reconstructions of Holocene paleoclimate based on benthic foraminiferal assemblages from Soledad Basin    Ortiz   
Nowicki, L. A.    Engineering Geology Considerations for Re-alignment of Interstate 70/76 across the Landslide at New Baltimore, Somerset County, SW Pennsylvania    Shakoor   
Razzano, M. L.    Monitoring Algal Production in Akron Water Supply Reservoirs in Northeastern Ohio Using Satellite Imagery    Witter   
Fisher, J. E.    Collection and analysis of structural data for design of road cuts, I-81 expansion project, Virginia    Shakoor   

2010   

Admassu, Y., Ph.D.    Developing Design Methodology for Cut Slopes in Ohio    Shakoor   
Ranasinghe, P. N., Ph.D.    Holocene Coastal Development in Southeastern – Eastern Sri Lanka: Paleodepositional Environments and Paleo-coastal Hazards    Ortiz   
Dennison-Budak, C. W.    Ostracodes as Indicators of the Paleoenvironment in the Pliocene Glenns Ferry Formation, Glenns Ferry Lake, Idaho    Smith   
Hojnowski, J. C.    Tying Together Textures, Temperatures and Timing in the Western Tatra Mountains, Slovakia    Holm   

2009   

Fein, E. M.    Flow fabric determination of two Mesoproterozoic midcontinent rift dike swarms, northeastern Minnesota.    Holm   
Frantescu, O. D.    Brachyuran decapods (Including Five New Species and One New Genus) from Jurassic (Oxfordian-Kimmeridgian) Coral Reef Limestones from Dobrogea, Romania.    Feldmann   
Woodward, S.    Carbonate Sediment Deposition in the Village of Titiana from the Solomon Islands Tsunami of April 2, 2007    Ortiz   
Ghosh, A.    Reconnaissance U-Pb Geochronology of Precambrian Crystalline Rocks in the Northern Black Hills, South Dakota: Implications for Regional Thermotectonic History    Dahl   
Wendlandt, N.    A Geotechnical Evaluation of the Launched Soil-Nailing Method of Landslide Stabilization in Summit County, Ohio    Shakoor   
Hark, J. S.    Zircon, monazit, and zenotime as provenance indicators in selected Precambrian crystalline rocks, Black Hills uplift, South Dakota    Dahl   

2008   

Robins, C.
Systematics of the Late Jurassic members of the superfamily Galatheoidea Samouelle, 1819, from the Ernstbrunn Limestone of Ernstbrunn, Austria.    Feldmann   
Vlack, Y.
A Diffuse Spectral Reflectance Library of Clay Minerals and Clay Mixtures within the VIS/NIR Bands.    Ortiz   
Griffin, J. A.
Development of a Rating Classification for Rock to be Used as Toe-Bench Material    Shakoor   
Jones, C. L.
U-Pb Geochronology of Monazite and Zircon in Precambrian Metamorphic Rocks from the Ruby Range, SW Montana: Deciphering Geological Events the Shaped the NW Wyoming Province    Dahl   
Weghorst, P. L.
Modis Algorithm Assessment and Principal Component Analysis of Chlorophyll Concentration in Lake Erie    Witter   

2007   

Balogun, A.    High Resolution Paleoclimatic Reconstruction of the Rose Run Formation of Eastern Ohio Using Diffuse Spectral Reflectance
Ortiz

Crawford, R. S.
Paleoecological Analysis of Faunal Disparity Within a Constrained Horizon of the Monet Leon Formation, Early Miocene, Southern Argentina    Feldmann   
Nandi, A., Ph.D.    Factors Affecting the Frequency and Distribution of Landslides in Selected Counties of Northeast Ohio    Shakoor   
Rhenberg, E. C.
Biotic Interactions of Bivalves from the Late Cretaceous Coon Creek Type Section of McNairy County, Tennessee    Feldmann   
Wijekoon, N., Ph.D.    Spatial and Temporal Variability of Surface Cover in an Estuarine Ecosystem from Satellite Imagery and Field Observations    Ortiz   
Wilsbacher, M. C.    Reconstructing Past Climate of the Soledad Basin from Planktonic Foraminiferal Faunal Assemblages    Ortiz   

2006   

Gross, A. L.    Dating of Fine-Grained Monazite in Paleoproterozoic Shear Zones in Wisconsin and Northern Minnesota
Holm

Hajdarwish, A., Ph.D.    Geologic Controls of Shear Strength Behavior of Mudrocks    Shakoor   
Jovanelly, T. J., Ph.D.    Tsunami Origin for an ~1100 year old enigmatic sand sheet in Lynch Voer, Puget Sound, Washington    Moore   
Ruffolo, R. M.
Variability of Unconfined Compressive Strength Measurements of Rock in Relation to the Number of Core Samples Tested    Shakoor   
Shirk, A. M.    A Novel Assemblage of Decapod Crustacea, From a Tithonian Coral Reef Olistolith, Purcareni, Romania: Systematical Arrangement and Biogeographical Perspective    Feldmann   
Stonier, P. J.    EMPA Dating of Monazite from Metaquartzites and Metapelites, Southern Wisconsin    Holm   

2005   

Arnold, B. J.
Paleomagnetic Study of Miocene Vertical Axis Rotations in the Pine Valley Mountains, Southwestern Utah    Holm   
Asim, Y. M., Ph.D.    Hydrochemical Characterization and Numerical Modeling of Groundwater Flow in a Part of the Himalayan foreland Basin
Eckstein & Dahl

Clement, S. M., Ph.D.    Modeling the Pluvial Lakes of the Great Basin During the Last Glacial Maximum    Craig

Cornell, D. A.
Structure, Stratigraphy, and Geologic History of the Southwest Half of the Pinto Quadrangle, Southwest Utah
Holm

Loofboro, J.    Timing and Nature of Proterozoic Poly-Metamorphism in Central Wisconsin
Holm

2004   

Andrews, D. C.
A Geotechnical and Geomorphological Investigation of Cuyahoga River Bank Erosion Within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Northeastern Ohio
Shakoor    
Barefield, E.    Effect of Varying Degrees of Saturation on Unconfined Compressive Strength of Selected Sandstones    Shakoor   
Dokter, C. H.
Development of Rock Fall Hazard Potential Maps of State Route 7 Along the Ohio River, Using a Geographical Information System
Shakoor

McKenzie, M. A.
Age Pattern and Nnature of Late Paleoproterozoic Metamorphism of the Penokean Crust, East-Central Minnesota    Holm

Morris, M. D.
A Geotechnical Characterization of the Pittsburgh Redbeds
Shakoor

Shevlin, T. D.    A Geotechnical Evaluation of Lime Kiln Dust (Lime-Pozzolan) as a Stabilizing Agent for Highway Subgrades    Shakoor   
Tinsley, R. S.
A Geotechnical Investigation of the New Baltimore Landslide Along I-76 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Shakoor

Woodard, M. J., Ph.D.    Development of a Rockfall Hazard Rating Matrix for the State of Ohio
Shakoor

2003   

Miller, M. R.    An Investigation of Argon Retention Properties of K-Bearing Amphiboles, Southern Grenville Province, USA and Canada    Dahl   
O'Boyle, C. L.      Age Pattern and Nature of Metamorphism of Subterranes Along the Deformed Penokean Continental Margin, Northwest Wisconsin    Holm   
Roberts, J. M.    Risk Assessment for the Winkelpeck Burning Grounds within the Ravenna Army Ammunition Plant, Portage County, Ohio    Carlson   
Davis, J. W. 
An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Catchment Ditches Along Ohio Roadways    Shakoor   
Snyder, J. L.
Improved Interpolation of Atmospheric Trajectories from General Circulation Model Windfields
Craig

2002   

Cosma, T. N.     Late Tertiary Climate Variations Inferred from Ostracode Data, Anza-Borrego Desert, Southern California, USA    Smith   
McCombs, J. A.    Geochronology of Precambrian Basement and Adjacent Rocks, Black Hills, South Dakota     Dahl   
Waugh, D.
Analytical Cuticle Classification
Feldmann   
Martt, D.    A Geotechnical Investigation of the Sliding Failure of the Austin Dam, Potter County, Pennsylvania    Shakoor   
Amarasinghe, P. M.    A Geotechnical Investigation of the Anisotropy of Selected "Varve-like" Sediments     Shakoor   
Nyborg, T. G.     Fossil Decapod Crustaceans From the Early to Middle Miocene Astoria Formation, Washington and Oregon, USA    Feldmann   
McLean-Jones, C.     Ostracode Distribution and Hydrogeochemical Variability in a Fen Wetland    Smith   

2001   

Brooks, T. D.    Effects of Molding Water Content on the Engineering Properties of Compacted Soils    Shakoor   
Filkorn, H. F., Ph.D.    Early and Middle Cretaceous Corals from Southwestern Mexico    Feldmann   
Francisco, B. H.    A Geotechnical Evaluation of the Potential Use of Selected Waste Materials for Line Spoil Stabilization    Shakoor   
Greene, B. H., Ph.D.    Predicting the Unconfined Compressive Strength of Mudrocks for Design of Structural Foundations    Shakoor   
Muller, B. J.    Application of Spatial Analysis to Nonmarine Ostracode Distribution in North America    Smith   
Rauber, C.    A Geotechnical Investigation of the Altered Rock Material Adjacent to Joint Surfaces in Shale Rock at Selected Sites in Ohio, Northern West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania    Shakoor   
Schweitzer, D. J.    The Origin, Extent, and Nature of Post-Tectonic Plutonism in the Hinterland Region of the Penokean Orogeny in East-Central Minnesota    Holm   
Smithmyer, A. J.    Storm-Induced Shallow Landslides in Colluvial Soils Along a Section of I-77, Ohio    Shakoor   

2000   

Drummond, J. M.    Effect of Spatial and Temporal Variability in Natural Organic Matter Chemistry in a Freshwater Wetland in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey    Maurice   
Aceves, A. B.    The Engineering Geology of Whiskey Island Marina, Cleveland, Ohio, with Special Attention to the Geotechnical Aspects of Dredged Sediment    Shakoor   
Haj, A. E.    A New Cuticular Micro-structure of Cretacoranina punctata (Decapoda), Texas    Feldmann   
Jones, D. M.    The Development of Complex Joints and Associated Infillings and Laterations in Two Late Paleozoic Formation in Ohio    Wells   
Khan, M. A.    An Investigation of Stress Relief Joints with Respect to Slope Stability Problems in Eastern Ohio    Shakoor   
Mancuso, C.    Thermal History of the Dunbar Dome and Peavy Node Areas of Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, USA    Holm   
Manwaring, M. D.    Effect of Calcium-Oxide in the Heave Potential of an Expansive Soil    Shakoor   
Schweitzer, C. E., Ph.D.    Systematics and Paleobiogeography of Fossil Decapod Crustaceans of the North Pacific Ocean    Feldmann   
Sundback, S. A.    Paleo-environmental Interpretation of the Eocene Green River Formation in Central Utah    Wells   
Timofeyeva, M. M., Ph.D.    Analysis and Modeling of the Stochastic Structure of Local Climate as a Downscaling Procedure from a General Circulation Model    Craig   

1999   

Hale, P.    The Effects of Cyclic Heating and Cooling, Wetting and Drying, and Freezing and Thawing on the Unconfined Compressive Strength of Selected Sandstones    Shakoor   
Bacon, S.    Seasonal Constraints on Chemical Composition and Isotopic Ratios in Ostrocode Shells from Page Pond, Ohio.    Smith   
Manecki, M., Ph.D.    Reactions of Aqueous Pb(II) with Apatites    Maurice   
McFarland, B.    Mineralization in the Serpent Mound Disturbance and the Surrounding Region: An Investigation Using Sulfur Isotopes, Fluid Inclusions, and Trace Elements    Carlson   
Miller, T.    Development of an Automated Data Acquisition and Control Unit for the Pneumatic Oedometer    Shakoor   
Pomfrey, M    Argon Thermochronology of Metamorphic Biotite and Horneblende from the Adirondack Lowlands New York: Evidence for Post ~900 Ma Westward Tilting of a Slowly Cooled Grenville Terrane     Dahl   
Romano, D.    Thermochronologic and Microtextural Studies of Precambrian Rocks in Central and Northwestern Wisconsin    Holm   
Amati, L    A New Family of Decapod Crustaceans from the Western Margin of Pangea: Its Evolutionary and Paleobiogeographic Significance    Feldmann   
Konowal, M.    Terrestrial and Lacustrine Fluctuations Between the Colton and Green River Formations, Eocene, Central Utah    Wells   
Lee, Y. J.    Dissolution of Fe(III) (Hydr)oxides by an Aerobic Pseudomonas Bacteria: Effects of Crystal Morphology and Al Substitution    Maurice   
Lichtinger, J.    Effect of Bluff Toe Composition on Erosion Mechanisms at Selected Sites Along the Pennsylvanian Shores of Lake Erie    Shakoor   
Namjesnik-Dejanovic, K., Ph.D.    Conformations of Humic Substances and Their Sorption to Mineral Surfaces    Maurice   
Vierkorn, M.    Dissolution of Two Clay Minerals Society Standard Kaolinites by the aerobic Bacteria Pseudomonas Mendocina Var.    Maurice   
Zhou, Q., Ph.D.    Molecular Weight Fractionation of Humic Substances upon Sorption    Maurice   

1998   

Forsythe, J    Characterization of Biogeochemical Reactions Between Aerobic Pseudomonas Bacteria and Hydrous Fe(III) Oxides    Maurice   
Surrena, T    A Geotechnical Investigation of the Failure of the Upper Ivex Dam with Special Emphasis on the Engineering Properties of the Reservoir Sediments    Shakoor   
Hacker, D., Ph.D.    Catastrophic Gravity Sliding and Volcanism Associated With the Growth of Laccoliths: Examples From Early Miocene Hypabyssal Intrusions of the Iron Axis Magmatic Province, Pine Valley Mountains, Southwest Utah    Holm   
Chu, C. J., Ph.D.    A geotechnical investigation of the potential use of shredded scrap tires in soil stabilization    Shakoor   

1997   

Highman, T.     A Study of Soil Joints in Relation to Bluff Erosion along the Lake Erie Shoreline, Northeast Ohio    Shakoor   
Lower, S.    Pb Sorption by Hydroxylapatite; A Microscopic Spectroscopic and Diffraction Study     Maurice   
Salva, E.    The Systematic Study of Trichopeltarion Greggi and the Reevaluation of the family Atelecyclidae (Decapoda=Brachyura)    Feldmann   
Miller, L.    Investigation of the Hydrology and Geochemistry of the Brimfield-Tamarack Bog, Portage County, OH    Palmer   
Angelaki, V.    Evaluation of the Hydrometer and Sedigraph Methods for Size Analysis of Fine-Grained Materials    Shakoor/
Wells   
Matyjasik, M., Ph.D.    Surfactant-enhanced Remediation of Aquifers Contaminated by Ethylbenzene    Eckstein   
Carney, J. S.    The Use of Ostracodes and Environmental Isotopes as Indicators of Surface/Groundwater Interaction in Hays County, Central Texas    Smith   

1996   

Xu, M., Ph.D.    Investigation of the Relationships Between Dispersivity, Hydraulic Conductivity and Other Physical Properties of Porous Media    Eckstein   
Bonner, C.    Effect of Initial Water Content and Dry Density on the Swelling Potential of a Bentonitic Clay    Shakoor   
Kasim, M., Ph.D.    Relationship Between Uniaxial Compressive Strength and Degradation for Selected Rock Types    Shakoor   
Sinha, T. P.     A Field Test of the Muscovite-Biotite Mg-Al Geothermometer Exchange     Dahl   
Zhou, Qunhui    Surface Characteristics and Dissolution Kinetics of Two Standard Kaolinites    Maurice   
Kroenke, M. A    A Geotechnical Investigation of Three Landslide Complexes in the Moreland Hills Area, Cuyahoga County, OH    Shakoor   
Darrah, K. S.    An Exhumation History of the Internal Zone of the Early Proterozoic (1870-1830 MA) Penokean Orogenic Belt, Central MN    Holm   
McMasters, P.    Applicability of Phyllosilicate Geochemistry in Mesothermal Gold Exploration in the Precambrian Homestake Formation    Dahl   
Lewis, V    Modeling the Chemical Evolution of Acid Deposition Through the Unsaturated Zone of Urban's Knob at the USDA ARS Near Coshocton, Ohio    Eckstein   
Schweitzer-Hopkins, C.    Fossil Decapod Crustaceans of the Late Oligocene to the Early Miocene Pysht Formation and Late Eocene Quimper Sandstone, Olympic Peninsula, Washington    Feldmann   

1995   

Bonetti, J. E., Ph.D.    Evaluation of Colloid Facilitated Transport of Chromium Through Saturated Porous Media Using Column Experiments    Eckstein   
Bhaduri, B. L.    An Empirical Evaluation of the Pollutant Trapping Efficiency of a Stormwater Retention Basin with Respect to Phosphorous and Selected Heavy Metals    Maurice   
Gutowski, R. T.    Numerical Model of the Fresh Water Lenses on North Andros Island, Bahamas    Eckstein   
Schneider, D.    Comparison of Early Proterozoic Postcollisional Tectonothermal Histories of the Watersmeet and Republic Districts, Upper Peninsula of Michigan: Implications for the Origin of Gneiss Domes and Metamrophic Nodes    Holm   
Puller, J.C.    A Study of Fossil Ostracoda from Elkwater Lake, Alberta: Lake Response to Late Holocene Climate Changes    Smith   
Tucker, A. B., Ph.D.    A Systematic Evaluation of Fossil Raninidae from the Twin River Group, Olympic Peninsula, Washington, and a Re-examination of the Raninidae    Feldmann   

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