This collection contains Master's theses created by USFSP graduate students since the University received separate accreditation within the USF System. However, please note that the official copies of theses and dissertations written by USF students who had declared St. Petersburg as their home campus prior to separate accreditation are maintained by Special and Digital Collections in the USF Tampa Library.

Recognizing the valuable contributions of our student scholars, the Poynter Library has created this portal for graduate theses. Some theses may have restricted access for a period of up to one year following graduation if the student requests such an embargo at the time the thesis is submitted to the USFSP Office of Graduate Studies.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Historical Black Press Newspapers and Technology Adoption: The Weekly Challenger, Daytona Times, and Florida Courier, Indhira Suero Acosta

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The Polarization and Civility of Hong Kong Political Discourse on Facebook News Pages, Leung Kiu Fok

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Representations of Transgender Murder Victims in Digital U.S. News Media: A framing analysis, Karlana June

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Emerging Adulthood : Internal Markers of Adulthood and Alcohol Use, Kristen L. Hannum

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Some Moral Judgments May Be Immune to Hindsight Bias, Marielle G. Machacek

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Examining the Effects of LACE Training on Cognitive Function in Older Adults : An ERP Study, Brandon D. Peacock

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Marriage in San Agustín de la Florida, 1784-1803 : Practical Application of the Real Pragmática de Casamientos, Karen Packard Rhodes

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Stabilizing de facto Conflicts in the Post-Soviet Space : The Role of the European Union in Conflict Resolution in Moldova, Marissa Wyant

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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“…A Bolshevik, a Negro and a Gun”, Nadine Allan-Vaught

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Winter-Dominated Little Ice Age Cooling in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Determined from Mg/Ca in Planktonic Foraminifera, Rita Marie Crouch

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The Victorian Man: Re-defining and Re-negotiating Masculinity in Brontë and Gaskell, Sylvia Crowhurst

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An Analysis of Wetland Mitigation Success in Hillsborough County, Florida 2000-2007, Leigh Ann Elgin

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Assessing the Impact of Untreated Sewage on the Coral Reef System off the Coast of Caye Caulker, Belize: Applying the Foram Index, Kristen Lynn Emrich

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The Use of Artificial Neural Networks to Describe and Predict the Presence of Harmful Algae in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, Erin L. Faltin

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Scientific Novels and ‘Lady Novelists’: Nature and Nurture In Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters, Ashlie Flanigan

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"I Do Not Know How to Fulfill Those Demands": Rethinking Jesuit Missionary Efforts in La Florida, 1566-1572, Saber Gray

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New Governance in the New South: Can Changes in Water Policy Foster a Shift from a ‘Culture of Consumption’ to a ‘Culture of Conservation’ and Introduce Sustainability to Metropolitan Atlanta and the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin?, Andrew Cullen Hayslip

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Sterilization and the Mass Media: Representations of Women in the California State Prison System (2006-2010), Ashley Barbara Jasper

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We Women: From the Age of Aquarius to the Coming of Age: An Intimate Look at the Challenges of Aging in America through the Eyes of Pinellas County Women, Christine S. Melecci

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The Endless Pier: A Study of Iconic Architecture via the St. Petersburg Pier, Kyle W. Pierson

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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The Impact of War and Service on Veterans Attending College, Ashley Abene

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Consuming Places: A Bioregional Comparison of Voluntary Simplicity Lifestyles, Lauren Drakopulos

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Constitutional Collision Course: Governor Rick Scott and the Refusal of High Speed Rail Stimulus Funds, Francis Henry Kurtz

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A Comparison of Avian Abundance and Species Richness in Palustrine Emergent Wetlands in Southwest Florida, Matthew P. Miller

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The Big Watermelon: A Cultural History of Florida's Brooksville Ridge, Douglas E. Ponticos

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Assessing Atmospheric Levels of PCBs and PBDEs in Tampa Bay and Studies on Remediation of these compounds, Lukasz Talalaj

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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A Textual Analysis of Media Frames: The Coverage of the Shooting of Trayvon Martin, Andrea K. Andrus

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“What do you think of Bleak House?”: Dickens’s Serial Novels and Victorian Literary Fandom, Susan Jane Ballinger

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Bat Species and Distribution in a Gulf Coast System at Fort DeSoto Park, Florida, Jennifer Beltran

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Framing Terrorism: How the Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times Portrayed Sami Al‐Arian in 2001, Wendy Biddlecombe

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Organic Carbon Burial Rates in Mangrove Soils: Global Context and A preliminary Investigation of the Coastal Everglades, Joshua L. Breithaupt

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George Snow Hill: A WPA Artist and His Contributions to Florida and Tampa Bay, Diane M. Craig

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A Multi-scale Approach for Characterizing Habitat Selection of Tidal Creek Fish in Charlotte Harbor, Florida, Renee M. Duffey

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The Good, the Bad, and the Garbage : The Making of Modern Florida Solid Waste Policy, Andrew David Fairbanks

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The Rhetoric of the American Dream: Freedom, Democracy and American Exceptionalism, Donna Knudsen

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Effects of Hydrologic Changes and Precipitation on Tree Island Fire Frequency in the Everglades, Florida, Katie Laux

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The Robles Family during the Civil War in Tampa, Karen E. Lucibello

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Trends in Linear Extension Rates for over 100-Year Period in Three Coral Species from Dry Tortugas, Florida, Adis Muslic

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Websites vs. Mobile Apps : A Content Analysis of Tampa Bay's News, Brittany Danielle Padley

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Historical Analysis of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon, Pesticide, and Metal Contamination in Clam Bayou, Florida, Renee A. Price

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Finding Florida : The Guide to the Southernmost State, Revised, Cathy Salustri

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Rivers of Truth, Shores of Myth and the Land Between: The Dawning of Silvia Sunshine upon Florida’s Frontier, An Annotated Diary, Dara R. Vance

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Using Bivalves to Assess Levels of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Tampa Bay, Jonelle Tamara Basso

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Understanding Environmental Deficit Phenomenon: Influences Affecting Children's Connectedness to Nature, Lauren Bates

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An Evaluation of Image Processing Techniques for Mapping Seagrass from IKONOS Satellite Imagery in Springs Coast Florida and Evaluating the Effectiveness of These Techniques in Replacing Traditional Photo-Interpretation Methods, Rene Dieter Baumstark

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Linking Watershed, Soil and Landuse Characteristics to the Spatial Variability of In-stream Water Quality in Selected Florida Watersheds, Frederick B. Bradley

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The Ethics of Shaping Perceptions of Reality: What Journalists Can Learn From Cartographers and Shamans, Christopher J. Dorsey

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Anthropogenic Changes Over The Last 100 Years In Dove Sound, Upper Florida Keys, USA, Thomas S. Harmon

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The Effects of Artificial Floating Wetland Islands on Water Quality in a Eutrophic Lake, Alexandra S. Jangrell-Bratli

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Reality Skewed: Newspaper Codification of Stay-at-Home Mothers and Working Moms, Janet K. Keeler

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Bagels, Beaches, & Bombers: Florida’s Jewish Community From 1929 – 1945, Jason Ashley Memmer

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A Humble Vulgar Tree: Explorations of the Natural and Cultural History of the Cabbage Palm, Sabal Palmetto, Jonathan Miller

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The Hanson Family Archives of Fort Myers, Florida, Cynthia Marie Mott

The Effects of Artificial Floating Wetland Island Construction Materials on Plant Biomass, Julie A. Vogel

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Mapping Soil Moisture at a Regional Scale Using Integrated Remote Sensing, GIS, and Radar Precipitation: A Comparative Study, Shanon M. Connelly

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Restoration of Propeller Scars in Seagrass Meadows Using Sediment Tubes and Design of a Working Prototype Unmanned Surface Vehicle for Seagrass Studies, Karen Leigh Dreger

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The Evolution of the Family, Benjamin E. Hardisty

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Struggle In The Sunshine City: The Movement For Racial Equality In St. Petersburg Florida 1955-1968, Peyton L. Jones

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The Lady Leaves A Legacy : The Belleview Biltmore and Her Place in Pinellas, Deirdre L. Schuster

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Diet analysis and community characteristics of Lepomis (sunfish) species congregating near natural spring vents of the Rainbow River, Florida, Michael S. Sears

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Stakeholder Perceptions of the Gulf of Mexico Grouper and Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota Program, Britni N. Tokotch

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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New Port Richey: Myth and History of a City Built on Enchantment, Adam J. Carozza

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Workin’ from Cain to Cain’t: Challenges within Florida’s Gulf Coast Oyster Industry, Diane Marie Wakeman

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Shaping the Dream: A Survey of Post-World War II St. Petersburg, 1946-1963, Jon L. Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Artist colonies in Europe, the United States, and Florida, Jennifer L. Aldrich

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The builders versus the birds : wetlands, people, and public policy in the United States, Florida and Hillsborough County, Allyson R. Bennett

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Florida Expressways and the Public Works Career of Congressman William C. Cramer, Justin C. Whitney

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Mounted on a Pedestal: Bertha Honoré Palmer, Hope L. Black

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Tampa’s Lafayette Street Bridge: Building a New South City, Lucy D. Jones

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Spring Break: Image, Identity, and Consumer Culture in a Florida Rite of Passage, Meeghan Kane

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Menendez Versus Mickey: A Study of Heritage Tourism in Florida, Monica Rowland

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Selling St. Petersburg: John Lodwick and the Promotion of a Florida Paradise, Nevin D. Sitler

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“Trust Yourself to God” : Friar Francisco Pareja and the Franciscans in Florida, 1595-1702, Albert William Vogt

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Awakening Days at Dead River, Edward Curry Woodward