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Senior Theses from 2022

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Power in numbers: an abundance of small corals responsible for storing over half of the carbon stored by all Alaskan Primnoa pacifica deep-sea corals, Sylvie Alexander

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Deconstructing U.S. Army Maps of Korea: A Case Study for Rethinking Historical Environmental Data, Lee Beckwith

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Soil and Soul: Fostering Cultural Healing Through Reconnection to the Land, Makeda Bullock Floyd

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Examining Soil Microbial Diversity in Transition Zones between Corn Fields and Restored Prairie in the Upper Midwest, Anna M. Burns

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Footprints on the Prairie: Examining the Interlocking Land Histories of the Liberty Prairie Reserve, Illinois, Anna M. Burns

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Roots and Resilience: Reimagining Marston Quad After the Windstorm, Maya Edstrom

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Re-imagining Design for Affordable Housing in Mexico, Kenza Fernandez Dominguez

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Re-imagining Design for Affordable Housing in Mexico, Kenza Fernandez Dominguez

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Painting Colonialism Green: Understanding colonial ecology through the lens of Palestinian art, Lily Hibbard

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Sharing the Shore: Hybridity and Developing Environmentalisms in the Indiana Dunes, Olivia Klein

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Visualizing an Anti-Capitalist Future Amidst a Commodified Landscape: Learning from the African Savanna Elephant, Eloise Magoncelli

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Hungies? Me too: Food Insecurity on College Campuses as it pertains to BIPOC, Low-Income and/or First-Generation Students, Zury Marroquin

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Localizing Food Waste Management: A Social Benefit-Cost Analysis of Aerobic Composters, Aurora Massari

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Out of This World: Imagination(s) Under Capitalism, Julia H. McCartan

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Beyond The Technical Dimensions of Water: Community-Based Efforts for Water Justice in the High Desert, Ella Meyer

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Drought Tolerant Landscaping Trends in Claremont, California, Serena Myjer

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Spatial Geochemical Changes in Central and East Texas Soils over Time Resulting from Human Decomposition, Isabela Marisol Overturf

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Home/land Security: Asian Settlers, Native Hawaiians, and Claims to Belonging in "Hawaiian" Fiction, Alice Shinn

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LOCALS ONLY: The Postcolonial Exotic and Representations of Asian Settlers and Native Hawaiians in “Hawaiian” Literature, Alice Shinn

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Disaster Art, Kali Tindell-Griffin

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Forest Offsets in the California Carbon Market: Challenges of a Market Based Climate Solution, Eric Warmoth

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Tales of Urban Livability- Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles As Told by Tree Canopy Cover, Hoi Cheng Wong

Senior Theses from 2021

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CAFOs In The Crossfire: Environmental Policy And The Equine Industry, Toni Anderson

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Intertidal Responses to ENSO Patterns, Evie L. Andrade

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Building a Just Transition: Creating a Community Engagement Strategy for Building Electrification Policy in the City of Riverside, Emma Barker

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“Biomimicry: Sustainable Agriculture and Architecture Design”, Camille Barreto

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When Disparities Become Deadly: Spatial Differences in PM2.5 Levels Within the City of Pomona, California, Pauline Bekkers

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Navigating Obstacles to Environmental Conservation: How NGOs Emerge as Effective Environmental Stewards, Chris Clark

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Waves of Colonialism and Whitewashing Legacies: A Critical Analysis of Race in the Dominant Surf Narrative, Jennifer Franklin

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Connecting Youth to Nature: Environmental Education’s Role in the Future of Wellbeing and Stewardship, Claire Generous

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Heavenly Rocks: An Artistic Response to the Fetishistic Love and Philosophical Appreciation of Exotic Rocks in Classical Chinese Gardens, Beihua Guo

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The Right to the City: San Francisco's Chinatown Before and After the 1906 Earthquake, Alexandra Hsu

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Greening the Economy While Centering Justice: A Case Study of Green Business Incentives in Riverside, California, Vanessa Lincoln

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Filtering Out the Effects of Zebra Mussels: Climate, Land Use, and Water Clarity in Minnesota Lakes, Kristina Linder

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Influence of Iceberg-Discharge Events on the Climate and Circulation of the Central North Atlantic Ocean During the Last Glaciation, Ava McIlvaine

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Come Closer: Geographies of Care, Anam Mehta

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THE SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT ACT (SGMA): LONG OVERDUE, BUT IS IT LIVING UP TO ITS POTENTIAL?, Bailey Mknelly

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The Quasi-Natural Santa Ana River: A Historical Perspective, Moira Mulhern

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Assessing the Significance of Substrate Color and Temperature on Balanus glandula Growth and Survivorship, Nhi Phan

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Exploring the COVID-19 Experience of Young Adult Latinos in Rural California: Insights into Mental Health & The Immigrant Health Paradox, Vivianna Plancarte

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Optical Hygiene and Modernity: A Site Analysis of Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant Using Lefebvre’s Triad, William R. Stone

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Theory and Praxis of the Barbara Drake Memorial Library at the Robert Redford Conservancy in Claremont, California, Sandra Sublette

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Growing Food Sovereignty in Community Gardens, Kathryn Tuemmler

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The Effect of Drought and Exotic Species on the Post-Fire Response of Artemisia californica, Carolyn Weisman

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Twin Threats: The Short-Sighted US Response to Global Climate Change and Pandemics, Bryan Williams

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Captives & Spoils in Chicago: Examining the Columbian Exposition’s Triumphal Procession of 1893, Kazandra Zelaya

Senior Theses from 2020

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Plastics Derived From Derelict Fishing Gear in the Arctic: Looking at Sustainable Fisheries for a Strategy of Mitigation, Remediation and Prevention in Iceland and Alaska, Natalie S. Armstrong

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The Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary: An Exploration of Changing the Discourse on Conservation, Arielle Ben-Hur

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Unaccepted Streets in Bayview Hunters Point: Addressing Spatial Injustice Through Public Open Space, Clare Blackwell

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Development of Discourse and Criteria in Green Building, Ben Bronstein

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The Living Community Challenge: An unCase Study in Biophilic Master Planning, Jordan Grimaldi

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The Continued Legacy of German Naturalness Contextualized Within a Fraught History and Issues of Inclusion, Eleanor Grosse

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Contaminants of Emerging Concern: Reconsidering Our Paradigm of Water Pollution, Jonathan Gunasti

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Urban Renewal or Urban Legend? Re-Historicizing Human-River Relationships Disrupted by Displacement Before and Now in Los Angeles, Jamie Sophia Helberg

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Towards a Resilient Future: Federal Policies for Adapting the U.S. Coasts to Climate Change, Samuel Horowitz

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A Dirty Renewable: How Trash Incineration Became Classified as Renewable Energy, Emma Hsu

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Migration and Women’s Relationships to the Land and Food in Myanmar, Allison Joseph

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Equity, Education, and Emergency: Examining Social Resilience Building Pilot Programs, Methods, and Successes in Massachusetts Communities, Mia Kania

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Foster Rhodes Jackson and the Visual Conquest of the West, Eve Kaufman

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Enlivening Spaces for the Dead: The Relevance of Cemeteries in the 21st Century, Caroline Koh Smith

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Finding and Fighting for a Future of Bicycles in Boise, Idaho, Kyle Lenhart-Wees

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Climate Translators: Broadcast News' Contribution to the Political Divide over Climate Change in the United States, Dylan V. Macy

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PRESENT AND PASSIONATE: A Critical Analysis of Asian American Involvement in The United States Environmental Justice Movement, Emily M. Ng

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Shrimp Farming in Thailand: A pathway to Sustainability, Warinyupa Phornprapha

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Rights, Water, and Guardians: How Rights of Nature Movements are Reshaping our Current Environmental Ethics and What These Policies Need to be Successful, Megan Schmiesing

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Kibble Me This: The Scientific and Cultural Debate Over Boutique, Exotic, and Grain-Free Canine Nutrition, Anne Shalamoff

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Rethinking Livability in Megacities: Applications of Jane Jacobs’ Theories on Tokyo and Los Angeles, Kirara Tsutsui

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Climate Policies From California and New York, Catherine Ward

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An Examination of the Wrongful Exploitation of Mexican Farmworkers in the United States, Eva N. Wertimer

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ENVIRONMENT IN CRISIS: SEEKING AN AFROFUTURIST PERSPECTIVE, Simone Wolynski

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Re-Imagining Nature in Dense, High Rise Urban Environment: the Present and Future of Green Building Infrastructure in Singapore, Claire Yi

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Paraisong Nawala: Exploring Sustainable Ecotourism in the Philippines, Samantha Barrios Yu

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Anti-Colonial Foodways: Food Sovereignty in Post-Katrina New Orleans, Clara Zervigon

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Situating Asian American Environmental (In)Justices through Radical History Walking Tours, Yuxin Zhou

Senior Theses from 2019

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Best Practices to Encourage Landfill Diversion in Waste Management Programs, Sondra Abruzzo

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Why CSAs Matter: (re)localizing for people-based food networks, Gretchen Alexander

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Campaigning on an Environmental Justice Platform: Irmalinda Osuna for Upland City Council, District 3, Jenny Bekenstein

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The Homecoming of the Negro Spirit: Black Spiritual Intelligence as a Structural Form of Intelligence, Quincy Brown

Women in the Wage Economy: A New Gendered Division of Labor Amongst the Inuit, Hannah Buehler

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The Sea Turtle as a Marketing Symbol for the Anti-Plastics Movement, Hannah Chiu

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Changing Oceanic Conditions on The Foraging Patterns of Cassin’s Auklets, Ptychoramphus aleuticusChanging Oceanic Conditions on The Foraging Patterns of Cassin’s Auklets, Ptychoramphus aleuticus, Clare Flynn

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Shizen Nōhō: Restoring the Relationship Between Food, Nature, and People in Japan, Katharine Graham

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The Mark of the Japanese Murrelet (Synthliboramphus wumizusume): A study of song and stewardship in Japan’s Inland Sea, Charlotte Hyde

Progressive and Conservative Efforts in Climate Change Flood Adaptation: A Study of Four Coastal States, Caroline jaeger

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Island Invasion: The Silent Crisis in Hawaii, Sophia Janssen

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Exploring Transit-Based Environmental Injustices in San Gabriel Valley and Greater Los Angeles, Bailey Lai

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Fragile Oceans, Synthetic Flotsam and Microbial Collaboration – Explorations in the Visual Communication of the Plastic Crisis, Ivan Langesfeld

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Pedal to the Metal: Accelerating the Transition to Electric Vehicles, Nicole Larson

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South of Sacramento: an Implementation and Effectiveness Analysis of Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Zaidee H. Laughlin

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Radioactive Contamination, Superfund Remediation, and Green Gentrification in San Francisco’s Hunters Point, Lawrie Mankoff

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Landlocked Landfills and the Invasion of Waste: Environmental Injustice as seen in Solid Waste Management in Rural Alaskan Villages, Kate McWilliams

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From Cars to Complete Streets: Integrating Bicycles Into Seattle's Transportation Network, Natalie Quek

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Desde el barrio hasta afuera, From the Neighborhood Out: Building Sustainable Cities and Empowering Latinx Communities in Southern California through Asset-Based Community Development, Vannesa Reyes Salazar

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Facilitating Experience through Fabrication and Blue Biophilic Design, Teague Scanlon

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Let's Get Sorted: The Path to Zero Waste at Pomona College, Sara Sherburne

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How can California Best Promote Electric Vehicle Adoption? The Effect of Public Charging Station Availability on EV Adoption, Viraj Singh

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Mapping Development in Cameroon: Challenging Dominant Narratives, Hannah Skutt

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Belonging While Black at Lake Merritt: The Black Spatial Imaginary and Place-Making in Oakland, CA, Betel Solomon Tesfamariam

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In the Eye of the Storm: Houston after Hurricane Harvey, Brandon Tolentino-Serrano

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Restoring Reciprocity: Indigenous Knowledges and Environmental Education, Mireya Valencia