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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 page for news and updates on the careers and activities of our alumni.
More than 30 theses and dissertations of the Department of Geology are currently available to the public through the OhioLink ETD Center. Access the complete Department of Geology list here, or by title in the list below.

2013  
Frantescu, A. L. Comparative study of the Eocene fossil Decapod crustaceans of the North American Atlantic Coast and European Tethyan Provinces Feldmann
Frantescu, O. 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
Robins, C. M. Systematics and phylogeny of the fossil Galatheoidea (Anomura, Decapoda): Uncovering their evolutionary path Feldmann
Waugh, D. A. 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
Jazi, R.S. 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