In 2003, Taylor launched the Master of Environmental Science program integrating Christian faith with learning to train students in “science for stewardship and service.” A generous external gift supported the program and students through the Boren Graduate Fellowships. From 2003 until the last graduates in 2015, the MES program played a vital role in Christian higher education. Ninety-four students entered the program, of which, forty students came from Taylor undergraduate degrees and fifty-four came from thirty-five other institutions. Eighty-six students completed the degree and were successfully placed in PhD programs or careers in governmental agencies, private sector consulting, environmental education, non-government service agencies or other positions.
Thirty-nine of the MES graduates chose to complete a thesis (instead of a six-month internship); Dr. Paul Rothrock guided over half of them. The theses included in this collection represent some of Taylor’s finest scholarship. Their research covers a range of topics including assessments ecosystem, restoration, and mitigation; evaluations of landscapes and watersheds; and surveys of environmental education, attitudes, and behaviors.
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Theses from 2015
Theses from 2014
Theses from 2013
Theses from 2012
Distribution of Biological Control Agents (Galerucella spp., Hylobius transversovittatus, Nanophyes marmoratus) and their impact on Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) in Indiana, Joshua S. Britton
Theses from 2011
Theses from 2010
An Environmental Sustainability Assessment of Taylor University, Kevin P. Crosby
Theses from 2009
Theses from 2008
Implementing Landscape Indices to Predict Stream Water Quality in an Agricultural Setting: An Assessment of the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) Protocol in the Mississinewa River Watershed, East-Central Indiana, Derek R. Shiels
Theses from 2007
Theses from 2006
Monitoring Tallgrass Prairie Restoration Performance Using Floristic Quality Assessment, Janna M. McIndoe Riley