Student Theses



Most graduate degree programs at Tufts require a thesis, directed study, or dissertation based on an original research effort for graduation. Students in the WSSS program who are following the Interdisciplinary Water Resources Research Track have several other critera to satisfy.


Both MS/MA and Ph.D. theses and dissertations must be interdisciplinary, meaning that the review committee must have members from at least two different departments or who represent differing disciplinary perspectives. At least one faculty advisor must be a participating faculty that the topic be chosen from one of the 5 WSSS research areas, other topics can be considered with consent of the thesis committee.


Below is a partial list of theses written by WSSS students. Some of the theses below have been made available in full and can be downloaded in PDF form.


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Student Theses by Year

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⇒ 2012

Surprise in Water Resources: Disturbances, Regime Shifts, and System Sustainability
Author: Jeffrey Cegan
Degree: MS CEE 2012
Advisor: Richard Vogel


Assessment of Partitioning Tracers for Estimation of DNAPL Source Zone Architecture
Author: Rhiannon Ervin
Degree: MS CEE 2012
Advisor: Andrew Ramsburg


Estimating Monthly Time Series of Streamflows at Ungaged Locations in the United States
Author: William Farmer
Degree: MS CEE 2012
Advisor: Richard Vogel


Hydrologic, Ecologic and Livelihood Impact Assessment of a System of Small Reservoirs in Ghana
Author: Yongxuan Gao
Degree: PhD CEE 2012
Advisors: Richard Vogel, Paul Kirshen, Peter Walker

⇒ 2011

Robust Stormwater Management Strategies under Climate Change: A Case Study in Somerville, Massachusetts
Author: Laure Caputo
Degree: MS CEE 2011
Advisors: Paul Kirshen, Paul Mathisen, Richard Vogel


Strengthening Agroforestry Projects & Impact Assessment in Guatemala (Abstract)
Author: Sarah Coleman
Degree: MS Friedman 2011
Advisor: Richard Vogel


Analysis of Coastal Protection Experience in three towns on Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Author: Peter Kelly-Joseph
Degree: MA UEP 2011
Advisor: Jon Witten


Evaluation of a Novel Primary Prevention Technique for the Control of Urogenital Schistosomiasis:  A Pilot Intervention in Adasawase, Ghana
Author: Karen Kosinski
Degree: PhD CEE 2011
Advisor: David Gute


Independent Wastewater Management between Israel and Palestine: The Case of the Tulkarem –Emek Hefer Region
Author: Simcha Levetal
Degree: MA UEP 2011
Advisor: Justin Hollander


Prioritizing Water Infrastructure under Conditions of Agricultural Uncertainty in the West Bank, Palestine
Author: Eric Vaughan
Degree: MS EWRE 2011
Advisors: Richard Vogel, Annette Huber-Lee, Timothy Griffin

⇒ 2010

Livestock Production & Water Quality:  Interest Groups, Investments and Implementation of USDA's Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Author: Melissa Bailey
Degree: PhD Friedman 2010
Advisors: Parke Wilde, Timothy Griffin, Kent Portney


Multivariate Non-stationary Stochastic Streamflow Models for Two Urban Watersheds
Author: Melissa Ng
Degree: MS CEE 2010
Advisor: Richard Vogel

⇒ 2009

Environmental Determinants of Seasonal Patterns of Waterborne Diseases
Author: Jyotsna Jagai
Degree: PhD Friedman/Medical 2009
Advisor: Elena Naumova


Growing Cities and Shrinking Rivers? An Investigation of Local Approaches to Balancing Rapid Urban Growth, Limited Water Supplies, and the Long-Term Ecological Health of Rivers
Author: Alexandra Kleyman
Degree: MA UEP 2009
Advisor: Justin Hollander


Effective Measures of 'Effective' Discharge
Author: Lauren Klonsky
Degree: MS CEE 2009
Advisor: Richard Vogel


An Implementation Evaluation of the No Discharge Area Program in Casco Bay, Maine
Author: Regina Lyons
Degree: MA UEP 2009
Advisor: Robert Russell


Stormwater LID Alternatives for Low Income Settlements in Central America: The Case of Ocotillo Anexo, Honduras
Author: Armando Milou
Degree: MA UEP 2009
Advisor: Scott Horsley


NGOs and CBOs Working in Partnership on Waterborne Disease Prevention in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Author: Makito Ohikata
Degree: MA UEP 2009
Advisor: Robert Russell


Sealing the Envelope: How Urban New England Communities can Mitigate Climate Change by Encouraging Energy Efficient Home Renovation
Author: Katie Resnick
Degree: MA UEP 2009
Advisor: Justin Hollander


The Probability Distribution of Natural Hazards: Bird Extinctions, Earthquake, Wind Speed, and Flood Annual Maxima
Author: Jesus Sanchez
Degree: MS EWRE 2009
Advisors: Richard Vogel, Laurie Gaskins Baise, Michael Reed


Getting it Right: Planning to Protect Cape Cod's Sensitive Coastal Resources
Author: Sean Sylver
Degree: MA UEP 2009
Advisor: Jon Witten


Identifying Issues and Solutions to Community-Based Watershed Management in Latin America: An Analysis of Literature
Author: Michael Gove
Degree: MA UEP
Advisor: John Durant


Robust Optimization Using a Variety of Performance Measures: A Case Study of Water Systems Planning Under Climate Change and Demographic Uncertainty in Amman, Jordan
Author: Patrick Ray
Degree: PhD CEE 2009
Advisor: Richard Vogel


Defining Capacity: Community-Based Watershed Organizations and Climate Change Adaptation
Author: Holly Elwell
Degree: MA UEP 2009
Advisor: Mary Davis


Utilizing Seasonal Forecasts to Improve Reservoir Operations in the Comoé River Basin
Author: Derek Etkin
Degree: MS Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
Advisor: Paul Kirshen


Misunderstanding Soil Ecosystems: How flawed conceptions of soil have lead to flawed U.S. land, water, and climate policies
Author: Janice Snow
Degree: MA UEP 2009
Advisor: Sheldon Krimsky


Impact of livestock management on water quality and streambank structure in a semi-arid, African ecosystem
A.M. Strauch, A.R. Kapust and C.C. Jost
Journal of Arid Environments
Volume 73, Issue 9, September 2009, Pages 795-803

⇒ 2008

Watershed Models for Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Decision Support
Author: James Limbrunner
Degree: PhD CEE 2008
Advisors: Steven Chapra, Paul Kirshen, Richard Vogel


Spatial and Temporal Variations in Ultrafine Particulate Matter and Other Air Pollutants Throughout the Morning Near a Major Highway
Author: Christine Ash
Degree: MS EWRE 2008
Advisor: John Durant


Incorporating Malaria Control into Reservoir Management: A Case Study from Ethiopia
Author: Jonathan Lautze
Degree: PhD Fletcher 2008
Advisors: Paul Kirshen, Jeffrey Griffiths, Matthew McCartney


Into the Mystic: Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) and Community Demographics in the Mystic River Watershed: An Environmental Equity Analysis
Author: Joshua Berkowitz
Degree: MA UEP 2008
Advisors: Dr. Julian Agyeman, Dr. Rusty Russell, Dr. Paul Kirshen

⇒ 2007

Multiple Use Services: Meeting the Productive and Domestic Needs of the Rural Poor
Author: Racey Bingham
Degree: MALD Fletcher, MS Friedman 2007
Advisors: Dr. Bill Moomaw, Dr. William Lockeretz


Integrated Watershed Management Modeling: Optimal Decision Making for Natural and Human Components
Author: Viktoria Zoltay
Degree: MS CEE 2007
Advisors: Dr. Paul Kirshen, Dr. Rich Vogel, Dr. Kirk Westphal


On the Statistical Nature of Daily Rainfall and the Storage-Reliability-Yield Behavior of Rainwater Harvesting Systems in the United States
Author: Lars Hanson
Degree: MS CEE 2007
Advisor: Paul Kirshen

⇒ 2006

Constructing Identity: The Role of the Watershed Organization in Bringing Meaning to the Watershed
Author: Sarah L. Reich
Degree: MA UEP 2006
Advisor: Dr. Julian Agyeman


Getting with the Program: Rural Radio and Water Resource Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa (Abstract)
Author: Patrick Hall
Degree: MA UEP 2006
Advisor: Professor Rachel G. Bratt


The Potential for Wind-Powered Desalination in Water-Scarce Countries
Author: Edward Spang
Degree: MALD Fletcher 2006
Advisor: Dr. William Moomaw


Integrated Optimization of a Dual Quality Water and Wastewater System: A Case Study of Greater Beirut, Lebanon
Author: Patrick Ray
Degree: PhD CEE 2009
Advisor: Dr. Paul Kirshen


Regional Siting of Fecal Sludge Treatment Facilities: St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
Author: Ana Martha Fernandes
Degree: MS CEE 2005
Advisors: Dr. Paul Kirshen and Dr. Richard Vogel

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