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 2012

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9/11 and the Butterfly Effect, Taylor Eubanks

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Education, Employment, and Coastal Carolina University: What Are CCU Students' Plans After Graduation?, Thomas M. Fernandez

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Relationships Among Blue Tilapia, Two Invasive Aquatic Plants, and Water Quality, Sarah E. Gardner

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Assessment of Land Use and Neotropical Herpetofauna Along Steep Gradients of Elevation in an Ecuadorian Ramsar Wetland Site #1143, Nicholas K. Henke

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Countries' Involvement in Whaling and the Impacts on Their Tourism Industries, Kaitlyn Hofeldt

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Investigating Volatility Trends of Silver Through an Analysis of Stock Options Prices, Dylan Houston

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Metabolic Responses of Estuarine Microbial Communities to Inputs of Surface Runoff and Groundwater from Contrasting Landscapes, Patrick Hutchins

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Effects of Human BMP-2 on Trans-Differentiation of Myoblast Cells and Human Rhabdomyosarcoma Using an In Vitro Model System, Shannon Kelly

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Title IX Compliance: A Comparison of Division I Equality, Jacqueline Leake

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A Limnological Assessment of a Rare Lacustrine Wetland Complex: Laguna De Cube, Ramsar Site 1143, Ecuador, Grant R. Lockridge

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A Tangle Net Study on Relative Abundance and Habitat Preference of Elasmobranchs in North Inlet Estuary, South Carolina, Moriah Heather Moore

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Of Mice and Mozart: Testing Spatial Reasoning and Memory of Rats, Kaitlin O'Toole

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A Woman is a Dish for the Gods': Shakespeare's Use of Myth to Criticize Patriarchy, Marissa Polascak

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Golf: An Alternative Form of Physical Activity for an Aging Population, Lisa Richardson

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Quantifying Acclimation Levels of Mimus polyglottos in the Presence of People, Jordan Rutherford

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The Debate on Marine Mammals in Captivity, Lorna C. Scribner

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Emerging Media in 18th Century Literature: How Jane Austen Invented Facebook, Rebecca Shaver

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Winter Site Fidelity in Secretive Marsh Sparrows Along the Coast of South Carolina, Susan M. Shaw

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Challenging the Ideal: A Comparative Study of Suzanne Valadon and William Bouguereau, Mary Sheehy

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A Study of the Relationship Between Student Attitudes Toward Reading and Achievement in Reading in Fifth-Grade Students, Christen Shelley

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The Comparison of Large Nekton Between a Pristine and Urbanized Estuary and Between Two National Estuarine Research Reserve Systems in South Carolina, Christopher Anthony Smith

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Potential Changes to the Cubitt Creek System After Dredging, Hillary Sparagna

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Atmospheric and Oceanographic Processes Controlling the Formation of Hypoxic Water in Long Bay of the Carolinas, Danielle Rae Nicole Tarpley

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The Evolution of the Status of Women in Korea: Colonial Times to the Present, Rebekah Thomas

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Differences in Food Availability for Venus Flytraps in Resident and Restored Populations, J. Mason Truluck

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Effects of Selenium on the Freshwater Alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii with and Without the Proteasome Inhibitor MG132, E. Patrick Vallentine

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One Art with Two Sides: Theatre and Performance Art, Jacob Watts

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Effects of "Ultrasound" on Completion of Cognitive Tasks in Relation to Dolphin Assisted Therapy, Carrie Wein

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Connections Between Bivalve Settlement, Growth, Survival and the Water Quality within South Carolina Inlet and Swash Tidal Creeks, Caitlin C. Wessel

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Who's Allowed to Ride the Short Bus?: Un-Defining Disability, Hannah Widdifield

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A Comparison of Placental Tissue in the Skinks Eulamprus tympanum and E. Quoyii, Lauren Yates

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Invertebrate Assemblages Associated with Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) Roots in the Waccamaw River, South Carolina, Julie E. Barker

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Trophic Linkages Between Freshwater Tidal Impoundments and Riverine Fishes in South Carolina, Meredith Penland Bayer

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Age Predicted Heart Rate Max Equations in College-Aged Students, Jessica Benchley

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A Performance Perspective: Un'Aura Amorosa from Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, Laney Benson

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Remixing Business Models: Technology and the Future of the Modern Music Industry, Ryan Brown

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The Effectiveness of Random Drug Testing of School Athletes, Kelly Cann

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Factors Affecting the Selection and Consumption of Oyster Reef Prey (Crassostrea virginica, Geukensia demissa) by Mud Crabs (Panopeus herbstii), Laura L. Canton

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Male and Female Differences in Communicating Conflict, Jessica Cinardo

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Investigating the Role of Online Social Media in Consumer-Firm Relationships, Janna Cole

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Perceptions of Walt Disney World: Antecedents to Return Visits, Tiffani A. Cosson

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Can the Demand Problem be Fixed? The Effect of Economic Crisis on the Lodging Sector of the Tourism Industry., Kirsten Costello

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Communication in the Courtroom, Kathryn Meagan Cowles

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Co-Crystallization and Polymorphism of Naturally Occurring Peptide Derivatives, Kevin Crowley

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Businesses Going Green: An Analysis of the Factors that Motivate Firms to Adopt Environmentally Friendly Practices, Emma Currin

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Nutrition Knowledge of Division I Tennis and Cross-Country Collegiate Athletes at Coastal Carolina University, Kate Dowling

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Comparing Historical and Implied Volatility for a Silver Electronically Traded Fund Between Months of High and Low Returns, Jacob G. Downey

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"If You Build It, They Will Come": The Positive Economic Impacts of NFL Stadiums in Their Surrounding Cities, Mary C. Ewen

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How Does Color in Package Design Lead to Emotional Appeal and Consumer Behavior?, Andrea Floyd

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Effects of Menstruation on Women's Likeliness to Forgive, Brittany K. Gaillard

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Petro-Politics in Venezuela, Zachary Grant

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Lesson Not Learned: Deepwater Horizon Research and Media Coverage Exposes Gaps in Knowledge and Risky Protocol Within the Oil Industry, Lauren Haller

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Attending College Influences the Perception of Parenting more than Young Adults or Students that do not Attend College, Brian Harrison

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Coastal Inundation due to Storm Surge as Sea Level Changes Along the Northern South Carolina and Southern North Carolina Coast, Justin Hartnett

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Mitochondrial DNA Inheritance in Bivalves: A Comparative Study Involving the Unique System of Doubly Uniparental Inheritance, Sarah Heishman

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Title IX Compliance: A Comparison of Coastal Carolina University to Other Regional Universities, B. Devon Howard

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U.S. Progress Toward IFRS, Whitney Hucks

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Selectivity of Prey Capture Based on Prey Size in the Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula Ellis), Jessica Humenik

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Female Students' Clothing Styles and their Effect on Perceived Intelligence by College Professors, Dea Kamberaj

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Recovery of the Long-Spine Sea Urchin, Diadema antillarum, in Discovery Bay, Jamaica, 27 Years After its Mass Mortality, Jessica Keller

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Multimessenger Astronomy: Modeling Gravitational and Electromagnetic Radiation from a Stellar Binary System, Kevin Kern

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Professional Sports Teams and their Local Economic Impact, A. J. Kuznitz

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Photocatalytic Activity of Zinc Oxide Thin Films Prepared by DC Sputter Deposition and Thermal Oxidation, Robert Louder

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Westernization and Muslims in Western Europe, Sean Manahan

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An Analysis of the Dietary Behaviors of Coastal Carolina University's NCAA Division I Student-Athletes, Alyssa Markowitz

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Anthropogenic Impact on Meiofauna in Myrtle Beach Area Estuaries, Melissa Martinez

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The Bioaccumulation of Total and Methyl Mercury in Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) and Their Impact on Mercury Levels and Other Water Quality Parameters in a South Carolina Coastal Plain River, Julie Waneta Murphy

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Outsourcing: More Harm than Good, Ly Luu Pham

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Western Culture and the Spread of Serial Murder, Angela Pilson

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Analysis of the Water Fluoridation Controversy, Megan Presutti

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The Smartest "Guise" in the Room: Why America is Doomed to Repeat an Enron-Like Scandal, Shayne Reddington

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Problem Solving and Functional Fixedness: A Comparison Between Eco-Reps and Non Eco-Reps, Keith G. Richard

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Twenty-First Century Learning: Is Project Based Learning the Learning of the Future?, Rebecca Ringrose

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The Involvement of 26S Proteasome Complex in Selenium Toxicity, Melissa Sabbagh

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Ole, Ole… Oh No? The Economic and Social Impacts the FIFA World Cup has on its Host Countries and how South Africa, the 2010 Host, May Be Affected, Colleen A. Schohl

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Feminine Framing: Framing Theory and the Media's Portrayal of Female Athletes, Kamber Seay

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The Great Recession and its Effect on Small Businesses and Unemployment Rates, Alyssa Sharples

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A Comparison of Fish Growth Rates in a Pristine and an Urbanized Salt Marsh Estuary, Katherine Stohl

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Midterm Elections Used to Gauge President's Reelection Chances, Desmond D. Wallace

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The Effect of Xylitol on the Growth of Three Normal Oral Commensal or Probiotic Bacteria, Laura Walters

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The Effect of IFRS Convergence on Coastal Carolina University Accounting Major Students, Stephanie Wehrung

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Freedom in Education: The Movement to Educate the Freedmen in the Pee Dee Region During Reconstruction, Aliyyah Willis

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Social Distance as a Function of Mental Health Status and Gender of College Student Peers, Kaitlyn A. Zuilkowski

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Net Metering and Interconnection Standards for Santee Cooper and Three Investor-Owned Utility Companies in South Carolina, Barnes Anderson

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Application of a Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) Functional Assessment Outside the Designated Regional Subclass: An Estimation of HGM Transference for Pond Cypress Depressions of South Carolina, Sean A. Blakeney

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Rhizocephalan Parasites of Mud Crabs in South Carolina Estuaries, Erin Burnette

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Important Coastal Ecosystems and Projected Floral Experiments to Increase Productivity and Manipulate Reproductive Pathways, Elecia Chumley

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Colonization by Aquatic Insect Larvae in Experimental Ponds: Reproductive Decisions Based on Biotic and Abiotic Factors, Rachel Connelly

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Sediment Provenance of a Shore Oblique Sand Body, Long Bay, South Carolina, Jennifer Fierro

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Interactions Between Birds and Strand-feeding Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in a South Carolina Salt Marsh, Adam G. Fox

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A Surficial Geologic Study of Sandy Island, Georgetown County, South Carolina, Mark Joseph Howard

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Assessing a Hydrogeomorphic Approach to Blackwater Riverine Wetlands Along the Waccamaw River Near Conway, SC, Christopher H. King

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Microbial Stoichiometry and Homeostasis of Nutrient Ratios in Fungi, Desiree Leach

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Unrelated Business Income Taxes: What the Federal Courts Have Said, Barry Long

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Microbial Activity and Diversity Associated with Decomposing Spartina Wrack in Coastal Ecosystems, Morgan Marsh

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Defined Benefit vs. Defined Contribution Plans: Only 45 Years to Retirement: What a Recent College Graduate Needs to Know, Lauren Mouse

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Characteristics and Long-Term Strand-Feeding Behavior of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Bull Creek, South Carolina, Megan Mudron

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The Effects of Strengthening and Rehabilitation Programs for the Collegiate Baseball Player, Briana Patton

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The Effect of Natural Weather Phenomenon on Homeowners Insurance in Coastal Counties, Mary McKellar Purvis

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Enron vs. General Electric: Is Earnings Management Worth the Risk?, Brett Robertson