Past Environmental Studies Senior Thesis Projects

Click on a class year below to see the list of thesis topics for that year.

Since 2008, students have created posters outlining their projects as part of the formal presentation of their theses, many of which are available for viewing. To view pdf files of selected project posters, simply click on the title of the thesis project. Enlarging may be nescessary for best viewing (around 30% works nicely for standard computer screens). File sizes may be rather large (2-6 mb) and may take longer to load over slower internet connections.


Class of 2014

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Arignamath, Tasha Slow the Flow and Save Water: Implementing Water Conservation on Residential College Campuses
Belter, Josie When the Single Species Approach is not Enough: Using Buckthorn as a Target Species for an Ecosystem Approach to Combat Invasive Species
Berthiaume, Benjamin The Future of Nonnatives: Preventing Woody Plant Invasion 
Burnes, Anne Medicated Waters: Pharmaceutical Contamination of Surface Water 
Calhoun, Sarah Cruising into a Greener Industry: Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Cruise Lines on Host Countries 
Daniels, Bri Alternatives to the American Lawn: A Central Minnesota Homeowners Options
Forbes, Perry An Ocean of Plastics: The Hidden Costs of Ocean Dumping 
Geislinger, Nathan Decreasing Baseball's Environmental Footprint: The Best Implementations for Minor League Baseball Parks
Hayne, Emily Minnesota Elementary School Gardens: Connecting Children to Nature
Joassin, Junior After Death: Implementing Sustainable Funerary Practices in the United States
Krulc, Emily Shattering Seeds: Diminishing Natural Wild Rice Harvesting and Advocacy in Minnesota
Lake, Weston Minnesota Home Heating Consumption: a Look at Alternative Solutions
Long, Mary Minnesota's Toxic Stormwater Pond Sludge
Lundmark, Per Shifting Gears: Expanding Bicycle Infrastructure in St. Cloud, MN
Markoe, Tim Sustainable Design: LEEDing the Way for a Greener Future
Osell, Reed Repeat Photography as a Guide for Assessing Land Use History: A Case Study of the St. John's Arboretum
Reimer, Emily Sustainable Sex: A Hot Topic for a Warming Planet
Sandager, Mike Invasive Neighbors: Zebra Mussels and Property Value
Spoden, Katie Farm to Fork for All: Farmers Markets, SNAP and Food Privilege
Swanson, Jamie Paint it Green: An Analysis of Products Available Today
Yang, Mai Cua Killer Whales: The Captivity of Orcas for Human Entertainment
Yang, Yao Depopulation and Aging Society Crisis: Redefining Japanese Identity 

 

Class of 2013

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Bieniek, Eric Solar Minnesota: Barriers to Residential Photovoltaics 
Canton, Whitney Deepwater Horizon: Long-term Effects of BP Oil Spill on Shrimpint
Carlson, Benjamin Lending A Farm Hand: Assessing the Challenges Facing Beginning Farmers in Minnesota
Chocholousek, Alex Making the "Fruited Plains" Fruitul: The Economics of Private Prairie Conservation 
Closmore, Alice Bird Down: An Analysis of Bird-Safe Buildings in Minnesota's Twin Cities
Coleman, Megan Are We Being Too Clean? An Assessment and Mitigation of the Effects of the Antimicrobial Agent Triclosan 
Dabu, Carlos Campus Social Sustainability: Not Just About Green 
Deal, Patrick Bioreactor Landfills: The Next Generation of Waste Disposal
Doyle, Emmett Sand County Revisited: Impacts and Responses to the Frac Sand Boom 
Forster, Christian The Road in Our Water: Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Storm Water Run-off
Hansen, Madeline Keeping It Warm: Exploring the Heating Options of Winter Productive Greenhouses
Henderson, Sydney The Productivity of Produce: A Study of the Effectiveness of Benefits Provided by Community Gardens
Hromatka, Jared Labels and Frankenfood: Should Genetically Modified Food be Labeled?
Jacobs, Brett Not Just for the Birds: Double-Crested Cormorant Population Management in Minnesota
Johnson, Stephen Green Winters: An Analysis of the Economic and Environmental Sustainability of Passsive Solar Greenhouses and Indor Aquaponic Operation
Lake, Weston Houses for a Sustainable Future: Net-Zero Energy Homes 
Li, Weijia Factors Influencing Deer-Vehicle Collisions and Comparison of Mitigation Strategies in the Twin Cities
Lockwood, Michael Keen on Quinoa: An Assessment of the Viability for Growing Quinoa in the United States 
Meyer, Ryan Conservation Tillage: Tillage Practices that Lower Soil Erosion
Millaway, Courtney Controlling Eurasian Watermilfoil in Minnesota Lakes: An Examination of Methods and Management
Motschke, Collin Redoing the Loo: An Ecological and Economic Analysis of Alternative Toilet Designs 
Olson, Paige Preserving Minnesota's Legacy: Effectively Managing Eutrophied Lakes
Pettit, Jascha Sustainable Wastewater Systems: Using Microorganisms to Treat Wastewater While Generating Biofuel
Remer, Aaron Shore Lunch, Lemon, and Tartar Sauce: Combating Invasive Lionfish One Dish at a Time
Schroeder, Scott Not on our Turf: Managing Tent Caterpillar Populations at Saint John's University
Stawarski, Emily What's For Dinner: Choosing the Sustainable Option for Atlantic Salmon Farming 
Torchia, Kelsey Nature's Price Tag: An Economic Analysis of the NorthMet Project
Van Grinsven, Joan The Grass can Always be Greener: Pathways to Sustainable Campus Landscaping 
Walburg, Lauren Fake Flakes: An Analysis of the Effects of Snowmaking at Ski Resorts
Wood, Mary Let's Make it Rich: Vermicomposting Dairy Manure in Stearns County, MN
Yang, Mai Pa You Are What You Used to Produce in the Past: Can Agriculture Sustain Hmong Families in St. Paul?
Zhang, Tulip Jie What Made the Forests Red? The Future of Whitebark Pine in America West 

Class of 2012

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Bednar, Amanda Sustainable Style: How to Choose the Best Clothing for the Planet
Dahlke, Steve Energy Storage Technologies for Renewable Integration
Janssen, Grace Environmental NGO Failures: Aspects of Accountability and Community
Kiminski, Andrew Common Buckthorn: Invasive Plant Control in Central MN
Kuisle, Molly Hydraulic Fracturing: An Under-Regulated Disaster
Moreno, Marbella Consumer Confusion: Understanding the Green Market of Makeup
Muggli, Joseph Climbing Towards Sustainability
Socher, Cody Over-Browsing Ecosystems: Controlling White-Tailed Deer in Minnesota
Stangler, Justin Choosing Chicken: A Sustainability Guide for Consumers
Stobb, Rachel  Sky-Blue Waters Clouding Over: Declining Water Quality in the Minnesota River
West, Andrew Greening the Link: A Call for Sustainable Transportation Fuel at CSB/SJU
Altendorf, Kayla The Promise of Perennials: Wheat as a Sustainable Crop in Minnesota
Capecchi, Matt Winged Warriors: The Battle Against Waterfowl Loss in Minnesota
Gabrielson, Robert Endangered Species Dilemma: Minnesota's Gray Wolf Delisting Problem
Gonzalez, Susana The Excesses of Corn: Reforming Farm Policies for a Sustainable Corn Industry
Haugen, Abbey Diversifying Local: Expanding the Local Foods Movement to Included Culturally Appropriate Foods
Holland, Aaron Utilizing the Northern Sun: Improving the Market for Residential Alternative Energy in Minnesota
Jacobs, Austin Fishzilla: Managing the Northern Snakehead in the Potomac River Watershed
Latterell, Brittni Coral Reefs: Devastating Declines from Human Activities
Niyongabo, Jessey-Ariel Addressing Internal Issues: A Sustainabile Way to Ensure Better Management of the Congo Basin Forests
Schammel, Kristi The Future Farmer's Almanac: Climate Change and the Future of Farming in Minnesota
Stolte, Aaron Deep Fried to Free Ride: Feasibility Analysis of Converting Vegetable Oil to Biodiesel
Smith, Jared Rethinking the Wall: A Comparison Study and Decision-Making Tool for Alternative Home Construction
Wallace, Michael Alternative Options for Achieving Food Security: A Focus on Kenya

Class of 2011

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Arnhalt, Rebecca Rethinking Roundup: Stopping the Rise of Glyphosate Resistant Weeds
Davisson, Lief The Green Driver's Dilemm: Choosing an Environmentally Friendly Car
Hatzenbihler, Drew Eco-Logical Tourism: A Traveler's Guide to Ecotourism and Making Sustainable Vacation Choices
Hertaus, Benjamin Poo Power (Why Waste Your Waste?): The Potential of Biogas Digesters as an Alternative for Failing Septic Systems
Higgins, Daniel Hemp: A Sustainable Alternative For Traditional Minnesota Farmers
Johnson, Josh Bottled Water Blues: Reducing the Harm Bottled Water Extraction Causes to Local Communities
Jurek, Justin Consuming Food by Faith: Sustainable Eating Compatibility with Religious Morals and Practices
Rietz, Benjamin Dethroning King Cotton: Environmental Impacts of Producing Cotton Versus Hemp 
Roske, Ben Ocean Energy: A New Wave in Renewable Energy
Seivert, Ana Growing Smarter Cities:  Planning Sustainable Urban Centers Through New Urbanism
Wang, Zheng Eating Green on Campus: Sustainable Food Choices for CSB/SJU Students
Waters, Wesli The Next Green Revolution: Bike Sharing in the U.S.
Widner, Neva Ann Land of 10,000 Acidified Lakes: Sulfide Mining in Northeastern Minnesota
Wildenborg, Laura Nature's Knowledge: Redefining Environmental Education and Enabling Students to Learn Outside
Colosky, Edward Evaluation of Nitrogen Reduction Options and the Viability of Nutrient Farming in Minnesota
Coulter, Matthew The American Lawn: Is the Grass Always Greener?
Egan, Sean An Alternative to Gasoline: In Search of the Best Transportation Biofuel for Minnesota
Fox, Nelson Minnesota Golf Course Management: The Drive to Sustainability
Haugen, Brynn Disappearing Honeybees: Confronting Colony Collapse Disorder
Koshmrl, Leah Minnesota's Gray Wolves: Perceptions, Recovery, and Management
Kudrna, Karen Green Childcare: Moving Beyond a Green Envrionment to a Green Facility
Rotschafer, Andrew The Efficacy of Community Gardens in Providing Access to Vegetables within Urban Food Deserts
Williamson, Matthew Teaching for the Environment: Integrating Environmental Education into Minnesota's High School Curriculum
Wimmer, Lindsay Wood Carbon Sequestration: Potential to Reduce Minnesota's Carbon Footprint

Class of 2010

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Archbold, Jake The Optimal Global Climate Change Policy Today: An International Carbon Tax vs. an International Cap and Trade System
Boran, Jennifer Towards Greener Pastures: Sustainable Housing Options for America's Rural Poor
DeLuca, Eric The Shift to an Efficient Suburbia: Strategies for Encouraging Energy-Efficient Design Techniques in Suburban Minnesota
Hansen, Nicholas Shedding the Rust: Developing Green Jobs Policy in the Industrial Midwest
Kintop, Andrew Turning Over a New Leaf: The Emerald Ash Borer Threat and the Importance of Diversity in Minneapolis' Urban Forests
McInnis, Marnie Immigrant Agriculture: How the Hmong Community in Minnesota Can Provide Insight for Promoting Sustainable Agricultrue Practices
McTiernan, Sean Voluntary Simplicity and the American Dream: An Analysis of Ecological Footprint and Lifestyle choice
Schmitz, Sarah Jo Lake Impairment: Big Sauk Lake- Past, Present, and Future
Smith, Nick Disappearing Outdoors: The Changing Nature of Childhood Play
Stasica, Matthew Weeding Out a Solution: Best Management Practice for Canada Thistle
Ver Berg, Ashley Conservation Subdivison Design: A Call for Standards to Help Undeveloped Minnesota Manage its Growth
Caya, Richelle Restoring a Legacy: Reintroduction of the American Chestnut
Conk, Shannon The School Food Revolution:  Identifying and overcoming barriers to meaningful school lunch reform.
Crane, Patrick Ash Underfoot: Managing Coal Ash Through Biological Processes
Drake, Trevor Coop Culture: Urban Chicken Keeping as an Approach to Reconnecting People to Their Food
Gearman, Melissa Toxic Fire: Effect of Forest Fires on Mercury Contamination in Minnesota Lakes
Krogh, Emily Food For Thought: Organic foods in Saint Cloud grocery stores
Nshutinyayo, Iphigenie Recycling Yourself: The Most Sustainable Option to Dispose of Human Remains in the Long run
Wimmer, Ryan The Rusty Crayfish: Is it Beneficial to Minnesota Waterways?

Class of 2009

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Baker, Brandon Overcoming the Barriers to Environmental Education
Green, Kathryn One Farmer's Waste is Another Farmer's 'Cow Power': Methand Digestion as a Solution to Manure Management on Dairy Farms
Grewe, Nick Management of the Grizzly Bear in Yellowstone National Park
Hammerschmidt, Alix Fashion Forward: Shaping the Fashion Industry Through the Implementation of Sustainable Textiles
Haugen, Christopher Emerald Ash Borer, the Urban Forest, and Homeowners
Heim, Jessica Electronic Waste: Imporving E-waste Recycling in the U.S.
Kamman, Patrick  Getting Down to the Meat of it: Meat consumption at CSB/SJU and its environmental concerns
Ott, Matthew Minnesota Farmers and their Customers Supporting Best-Practices for Agriculture: Integrating Grain Sorghum and Planting Cover Crops
Pasutti, Lynsi  Not a Commune: Cohousing Communities as Sustainable Solutions to Suburban Sprawl
Smith, John Minnesota Urban Runoff Solutions: An analysis of cost-effectiveness for the private sector
Steinrueck, Matthew The Rise of Student Computing: Impacts on Power Consumption and CO2 Emissions
Vetsch, Rebecca Reducing Paper Consumption at CSB/SJU: Practices to Implement

Class of 2008

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Athman, Justin Materialism: The Effects on Well-Being and the Environment
Butenhoff, Danielle Solar Crop Drying in Minnesota: A Possible Alternative to Traditional Methods?
Connelly, Thomas R. Southwest Alaska and Pebble Mine: The Story of a Not-So-Golden Future
Eggermont, Theo Making Smart Energy Choices: North Dakota's Future Options for Meeting its Energy Needs
Finley, Jason Photovoltaic Solar Electricity: The Best Renewable Energy Solution for the United States
Gleisner, Alan Agricultural Nonpoint Pollution and Eutrophication: Procedures of Control and Prevention
Gossman, Sophia Organic vs. Local Foods: Which is best for a St. Joseph/Collegeville community member?
Hanson, Aaron Stuck in a Mechanical Root
Hoffmann, Jason Sequestering CO2 through Ehnanced Oil Recovery
Kirzeder, Tom Encouraging the Green Market Shift: A Tool for Practical Use in Homebuilding
Mehr, Emily The Benefits for Child Development and the Need for Federally Funded Curriculum
Moravec, Joseph C. Too Much Nuclear Energy in France: A Better Future With Wind Energy
Olsen, Ben Green Building: A comparative look at the progress of other institutions and St. John's Univeristy
Peterson, Katie Strategies for Combating Waterborne Diarrheal Diseases in the Developing World
Ptacek, Nathaniel Focusing on the Environment: Addressing Contemporary Environmental Issues Through Purposeful Photography
Roske, Molly Community-Based Ecotourism as a Mechanism for Environmental Protection and Poverty Relief
Scott, Laura Sustainable Lawns: Landscapign with Native Plants
Sitzer, Bridget The Land of 10,000 Impaired Lakes: The Practices and Policies Needed to Clean-Up Minnesota's Waters
Streitz, Kaitlin The Industrialization of Agriculture and a Loss of Community
Woodward, Cole Learning from Your Neighbor: The Energy Policies of the U.S. & Latin America

Class of 2007

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Gad, Joshua Water Wasted: Improving Water Conservation on SJU
Haberman, Sarah  Mandating Environmental Education in Minnesota: Securing environmental sustainability for future generations
Henry, Jessica Think Globally; Eat Locally: The Local Food Movement at CSB/SJU
Hoaglund, Jordan The Avon Hills Initiative
Hoye, Christoper Wetland Mitigation: Is the Minnesota Mitigation Banking Program Effective?
Koshmrl, Mike An Industry Afterthought: The Impacts of Oil Sands Development on the Traditional Land-Use of Northern Albertan Aboriginals
Mullin, Jacob Japan and the United States: Political Culture's Influence on International Environmental Policy
Perry, Todd How SJU could Benefit from an Improved Recycling Program
Poliseno, Jennifer Applying the Land Ethic
Schwecke, Hannah Natureless Children: The Third Frontier 
Smith, Katie Small Turbine Wind Power in America
Stephens, Allie Economic Status and Energy Consumption Behaviors
Telthorst, Paul Urban Development: A Strategy for St. Louis 

Class of 2006

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DeCosse, Justin Source Water Protection through Conservation
Kostka, Kevin and Nicole Luberdal It's Not Easy to be EE: The Challenges that Face Minnesota K-12 Environmental Education
Leary, Sean  Environmental Marketing: Corporate Deception Exposed by Green Truth
Oschwald, Zach Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Public Health vs. Chemical Companies
Polasky, Sophia  The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Defining or Defying Native Interests?
Sieh, Elizabeth E-Waste Recycling:  Managing Electronic Waste at CSB/SJU
Walsh, Jason Fish Consumption Advisories: Minnesota's outreach efforts compared to other states

Class of 2005

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Collaborative team project done by all environmental studies majors:

Becker, Eli; Buss, Emily; Crumb, Scott; Ekelund, Luke; Hegg, Sarah; Johnson, Benjamin; Kamman, John; Lindeke, Erin; Mailander, Ann; Mittelstadt, Annamarie; Pavek, Megan; Robbins, William; Rynders, Michael; Satt, Janelle; Smith, Kathryn; Teis, Jake

Comprehensive Energy Proposal


Class of 2004

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Collaborative team projects done by all environmental studies majors:

Boisen, Nick; Connolly, Kim; Coyle, Matt; Franklin, Emily; Gorrilla, Will; Guetter, Laura; Holtorf, Jenny; Johnson, Matt; LeMieur, Cody; Meierhofer, Beth; Springer, Nat; Stephenson, Jenny; Trettel, Kevin

CSB/SJU Green Building Plan

 

 Johnson, Kristen; Henry, Jessica; & Traut, Brian 

Implementation of an Improved Recycling System @ SJU


Classes of 1994-2003

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Prior to the creation of the major, all environmental studies minors completed individual theses on interdisciplinary topics:

Evans, Mark J.

Environmental Accouting: Assessment of Environmental Liabilities

Haeg, Timothy R.

Sustainable Agriculture: An Individual Learning Project

Leonard, Nicholas  Investigation of Water Quality at St. John's University
Jensen, David Vermicomposting:  An Overview and an Analysis of a Proposed Alternative Feeding Method
Kelly, Catherine Energy Cost-Savings: the driving force for energy conservation at CSB
Kieffer, Angela Political, Social, and Ethical Implications of Timber Industry in Oregon
Radabaugh, David  Biological Control of the European Corn Borer
Sanders, Aaron J. Sustainable Agriculture
Schubert, Catherine Agriculture in Belize
Fredregill, Amy  w/ Ben Oleson SJU Campus Waste Audit
Gonsior, Rockus A Practicum of Water Recycling at SJU Pottery Studio
Larson, Kim Wetland Protection Regulations and Mitigation
Moore, Molly Underground Storage Tanks
Scanlan, Colleen Practicum/Internship: SJU Pottery Studio
Singewald, Sean T. Ecological Effects & Population Control of White-Tailed Deer in Central MN
Deutsch, Jon  Asbestos Removal: Procedures & Challenges
Kraus, Eric  Fisheries Management in Minnesota
Strobl, Matt Sustainable Communities: The process of developing environmentally and economically smarter
Burr, Erik K. Butterflies of Stearns County, Minnesota
Dvoracek, Andrew J. Flea beetles: A Feasible Biological Control
Kyle, Matthew R. Wellhead Protection & Community Awareness
Muntifering, Jeff Captive Breeding for Species Conservation
Ager, John Removal and Relocation of Branta canadensis from the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area
MacManus, Laura  St. John's Drinking Water
Panian, Anne  The Importance of Groundwater Management and Wellhead Protection in Communities such as Cold Spring, Minnesota
Phillips, Hope  Fire Suppression and Ecosystem Carbon Storage
Schultz, Dustin O. Health, Wealth, and the Tennesse Valley Authority
Flannery, Sean  Free the Planet Right Here at Home: Preparing for a Campus Environmental Audit at CSB/SJU

Gilles, Shannon

Success of Taconite Mine Reclamation in Northern Minnesota

Hoffman, Karolanne

International Trade & the Environment

Virnig, Kenneth  Sustainable Agriculture: How Much Ground Does it Hold in Minnesota's Fields?
Barr, Jesse Sustainability of Maple Syrup Production at Saint Johns University
Deering, Brian  Minnesota Wetlands: Past, Present, and Future
Distelrath, Elizabeth The Benefits of a Prairie Grass, Xeriscaped Lawn
Dvoracek, Katie  CSB Food Waste Audit
Gamm, Christine The Conversation Begins: Sustainability in Panajachel, Guatemala
Maza, Jennifer Extending Environmental Education to the Urban Setting
Albury, Shenique  A Preliminary 10,000 year vegetation history of Collegeville, MN
Crever, John  The Sportsman's Impact

Crowley, Robert

Did St. John's always have a "Pine Curtain"?

Elliott, Blake 

Animal Care in an Eductional Setting

Kutter, Jennifer

Crop Rotation and Chemical Balance: An analysis of the Common Ground Garden at the College of Saint Benedict