This page contains all graduate theses and dissertations and all undergraduate theses published at Coastal Carolina University. To see theses and dissertations from the College of Graduate Studies and Research click here. To see theses from the Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies click here.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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"Turn Up the Music!", Caitlyn M. Hinnerschitz and Catherine Scott

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What is the function of theoretical theatre ideas, given the content presented in Modern Theatre?, James Carson Jester and Robert Earnest

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Demersal fish use of printed oyster shells as nesting habitat in North Inlet estuary, SC, Annie Boyd and Juliana Harding

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Institutional Ambition and the Decline of Congress, Ryan A. Case

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Two Makes a Couple: Fictions on Intimacy, Alyssa C. Conner and Jessica Richardson

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The Effects of Marine Natural Products on the Microenvironment of Pancreatic Cancer, Whitney D. Davis and Esther Guzman

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A Social Media Analysis of Coastal Carolina Football, Sean Ference and Andrea M. Bergstrom

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Microplastics in Fiddler Crabs (genus Uca), Gabrielle Forbes and Eric Rosch

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Density and species richness of macrofaunal benthic bivalves in North Inlet estuary, South Carolina, Richard Hawley and Juliana Harding

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EXERCISE PROGRAM AT SEACOAST YOUTH ACADEMY, Mamie R. Henshaw and Justin Guilkey

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The effects of human approach on sanderling foraging behavior, Anne Hobdy and Eric Rosch

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The Applications of GIS on Lithic Raw Material Source Analysis, Sydney James and Carolyn Dillian

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Empathy in Aging, Morgan Kranz and JAMES CHARLES ARENDT

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Effects of Foam Rolling on Range of Motion and Vertical Jump Height, Giovanna Leone and Chad Smith

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Grab ‘em by the Pussy: How Hegemonic Masculinity Encourages Locker Room Talk and Sexual Violence against Women, Madalynn Marrone, Ina Seethaler, and Andrew Terranova

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Title IX and the Responsibility of Leadership in Collegiate Athletics, Regan J. McComb and Chelsea Kaunert

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Double Jeopardy: Minority Stress and the Influence of Transgender Identity and Race/Ethnicity, Krystina Millar and Jason Eastman

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Effects of Perceived Audiences on Discrimination Learning in Pigeons ( Columbia livia ), Peyton M. Mueller, Louis E. Keiner, and Matthew Murphy

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The Coastal Route: The Role of the Pacific Northwest Coastline in Facilitating Human Travel into the Americas, Andrew Nye and Carolyn Dillian

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Arousal and Anxiety Level Influences on Golf Putting Performance, Chloe Paulsen and Ryan Yoder

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Senior Recital, Flute and Alto Flute, Brenna Wiinanen

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The Impact of High Intensity Training on the Fitness of Middle School Students, Hailey Wimmenauer, Christine Rockey, and Justin Guilkey

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The Effects of Moderate versus Variable High Intensity Cycling on Metabolic Responses during Recovery, Matthew Wolfe, Jenna Thompson, and Justin Guilkey

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Investigation of Origin and Growth of Fungi in Coastal Beach Sand, Ruth L. Wright

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Seasonal Occurrence, Relative Abundance, and Migratory Movements of Juvenile Sandbar Sharks, Carcharhinus plumbeus, in Winyah Bay, South Carolina, Caroline Collatos

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Tidal Creek and Substrate Effects on Oyster Reef Associated Fish and Decapod Condition and Density, Thomas S. Funk

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Drawing the Line: Ancient Hominins and the Species Question, Erin Hurley and Carolyn Dillian

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Holocene Formation History of Mud Depocenters on the Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Cadiz, Southwestern Spain, Mary Lee King

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Semi-Quantitative Assessment on Winyah Bay's Microplastic Contamination Levels, Samantha Ladewig

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Unique Osmoregulatory Morphology in Primitive Sharks: An Intermediate State Between Holocephalan and Derived Shark Secretory Morphology, Matthew Eric Larsen

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Impact of Data Selection on the Accuracy of Atmospheric Refractivity Inversions Performed over Marine Surfaces, Ian Joseph Matsko

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Hydrodynamic Drivers of Dissolved Oxygen Variability Within a Highly Developed Tidal Creek in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Douglas Matthew Pastore

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Late Holocene Spit Evolution on Centennial Timescales in the Southeast Delaware Bay, USA, Ryan Eli Phillip

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The Impact of the Gender of the Coach on the Type of Motivational Climate that is Established on a College Athletics Team, Zola Pieterse

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A comparison of phytoplankton nutrient limitation between the marsh and beach environments of Waties Island, SC, Raymond Sgambati and George Boneillo

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Characterization of a Turbulent Boundary Layer in Open Channel Flow Using Particle Image Velocimetry, Mathew James Stanek

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An Evaluation of Geotagged Twitter Data during Hurricane Irma using Sentiment Analysis and Topic Modeling for Disaster Resilience, Ike Robert Vayansky

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Hardbottom Characterization and Relationship to the Geologic Framework in Long Bay, South Carolina, Cathryn J. Wheaton

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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The Effect of Artificial Light Pollution on Orientation of Hatchling Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Grand Strand Region, South Carolina, Emily S. Asp

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Estimating Density and Residency of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in three estuarine sites in South Carolina, Jessica Nicole Conway

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Use of First Pelvic, Second Pelvic, and Fourth Anal Rays for Estimating Age of Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy), Marinda R. Cornett

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The Application of Proper Orthogonal Decomposition to Numerically Modeled and Measured Ocean Surface Wave Fields Remotely Sensed by Radar, Andrew Joseph Kammerer

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Characterizing Coastal Marsh Groundwater Hydrology with Multichannel Electrical Resistivity Tomography, Matthew R. Kestner

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The Spatial Ecology of the Southern Copperhead in a Fragmented and Non-Fragmented Habitat, Megan Veronica Novak

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A Multibeam Bathymetric Investigation of Changes in Bedform Morphology of the Little River Inlet as a Result of Hurricane Matthew, Malarie O'Brien

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Geological Framework of the Continental Shelf of South Carolina Winyah Bay: Paleodrainage, Transgressions and Essential Fish Habitat, Amanda Roach

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Sources and Long-term Trends in Fecal Bacteria Contamination in the Fresh and Marine Waters of the Grand Strand, Cara E. Schildtknecht

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Habitat Use of Blacktip Sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) at Fishing Piers, Kelsey L. Spencer

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Paleodrainage Insights Into the Fluvial and Glacial History of the Western Chukchi Margin, Arctic Alaska, Brittany A. Stockmaster

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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An Examination of Plant Community Composition in Six Carolina Bays on the Coastal Plain of South Carolina, Katherine L. Altman-Goff

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Was 2015 the Summer of the Shark? Evidence from the Coastal Carolina University Shark Project, Brooke Anderson

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Investigating Coastal Erosion Variability and Framework Geology Influence Along the Grand Strand, South Carolina, Aundrea Marie Dolan

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Shell Repair in Geukensia demissa and Predation Preferences of Callinectes sapidus: Do Crabs Target Mussels with Weakened Shells?, Madeleine S. Gillis

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Effects of Temperature on Activity of Aquatic Hyphomycetes: A Microcosm Study, Kyra Harrington‌‌

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An Ensemble Study of the Sea Level Rise Impact on Storm Surge and Inundation in the Coastal Bangladesh, Mansur Ali Jisan

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Abundance and Distribution of Microplastic Particles in Winyah Bay, S.C. ‌, Dillon King

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Development of a [2]-Catenane Synthetic Method and a Student Beliefs Survey for a Hybrid Organometallics Course, Jourdan E. Lakes

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Macgillivray's Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus macgillivraii) Breeding Biology & Population Density at Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, Yianni P. Laskaris

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Managing a Crisis: Should America Continue to Encourage Its Youth to Participate in Football Given Recent Findings on Player Safety and Concussions, Brock Matava

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The Fourth Crusade: An Analysis of Sacred Duty ‌, Dale Robinson

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Learning and Memory in a Drosophila melanogaster Model of Alzheimer's Disease, Eric Robles

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Use of Photo-identification and Mark-recapture Techniques to Identify Characteristics of the Stock Structure of Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Off Northern South Carolina, Daniela C. Silva

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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The Impact of Photopollution on Nesting Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) Along the Grand Strand, South Carolina, Ryan Bonner

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Characterization of Groundwater Discharge in a Back Barrier Tidal Creek, Matthew L. Carter

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Quantifying Water Budgets to Evaluate the Hydrologic Performance of Two Stormwater Detention Ponds in Coastal South Carolina, Samantha Corley

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Impact of Development on Freshwater Turtle Populations of Coastal South Carolina: An Examination of Land Use and Road Density, Andre Dominguez

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A Comparison of Whole Body Mercury Concentrations of Mummichogs (Fundulus heteroclitus) and Atlantic Silversides (Menidia menidia), Daniel P. Ferons

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The Fish Kill Mechanism of the Harmful Raphidophyte Chattonella Subsalsa, Amy E. Grogan

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Tide-dependent Predation Patterns of Piscivorous Fishes in Shallow Estuarine Creeks, Matthew Ross Helms

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Fan Perceptions of Selling Alcoholic Beverages at a College Football Stadium, Danielle E. Hennessy

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Linking Water Quality and Beach Morphodynamics in a Heavily Impacted Tidal Creek in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Brittany Lynne Hoffnagle

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The Imagined Southern Setting of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, John Emory Hooks

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Social Network Analysis of Partner Preference in Lemon Sharks, Negaprion brevirostris, During the Introduction of Unfamiliars to Familiar Groups, Bryan Keller

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A Numerical Study Investigating Sensitivity of Radar Wave Propagation to the Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layer Environment, Nathan E. Lentini

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Unlikely Heroes in Despair: Existentialist Narrators in the Novels of Albert Camus, Jean Paul Sartre, and Don DeLillo, Courtney Mullis

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Blooming Lotus, Brian Nguyen

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Collective Prey Capture by Juvenile Venus Flytraps (Dionaea muscipula), Steven Rosen

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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The Relocation of Laurel Hill Plantation Rice Barges in the Waccamaw River, SC, Using Multibeam Echosounding, Nathalie Arnone

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A Survey of Shark Population in Winyah Bay, SC: A Comparison of Data from 2002-2006 and from 2012-2014, Jessica Bruce

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Depredation of Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) Nests in North Inlet, SC: Nest Predator Community and the Cues Used by Raccoons to Locate Nests, Samuel Al Buzuleciu II

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(Un)wrapping Felix Gonzalez-Torres: The Relational Power and Contagious Wonderment of Candy and Other Things, Brooke Clark

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Late Cenozoic Evolution of Sedimentation and Slope Stability Along the U.S. Atlantic Margin, Bradley Kevin Craig

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Investigating Stormwater Drainage Basin Sediments as a Means of Bacterial Accumulation and Transport Within a South Carolina Estaurine Watershed, Matthew Kyle Curtis

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Dissolved Nutrient Ratios and Concentrations Affect Fungal Reproduction and Community Structure Associated with Submerged Leaf Litter and Wood, Jennifer Fitzgerald

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Beyond Marriage and Motherhood: The Motifs Involved in the Portrayal of Women in Literature, Hannah Hunter

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The Effect of Attachment Type on Levels of Delinquency and Peer Relations, Kayla Jordan

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A Study of Pet Bonding, Interpersonal Trust, and Helping Attitudes as a Function of Gender and Pet Ownership, Alysha McGrath

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Constructing Water Budgets for a Coastal Stormwater Catchment to Examine Temporal Dynamics Between Urban Groundwater and Surface Runoff, Leigha E. Peterson

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Assessment of Bryophyte Communities Along the Waccamaw River, SC, Christine Elizabeth Raczka

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The Ties That Bind: Candidate Appearance and Party Heuristics, Brandon D. Reilly

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Applying the Poincaré Recurrence Theorem to Billiards, Aaron Smith

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The Reproductive Ecology of Two Sympatric Demersal Fishes: The Naked Goby Gobiosoma bosc and Striped Blenny Chasmodes bosquianus, Rachel M. Tremont

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How Does the Amount of Spending on Coaches' Salaries and Recruiting Budgets Affect Win Percentage in College Football?, Ashleigh "Alex" Watson

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The Implication of US GAAP and IFRS Convergence on American Business, Austin Willmore

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Alzheimer's Disease and Circadian Rhythms in a Drosophila Model, Lauren Alejo

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Effectiveness of Gaming Systems on Balance in Older Individuals, Mary E. Anderson

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The Investigation of Risk Factors for Upper Respiratory Infections Among College Students, Romie Barnes

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Sexual Assault and SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) in Our Community, Emily Barrow

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Effects of Dissolved Nutrient Ratios and Concentrations on Litter-associated Microbial Activity in Streamside Channels, Timothy Burns

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Integrating Science & Policy, Abigail A. Carson