This thesis presents a study of applications and techniques for molecular
dynamics simulations. Three studies are presented that are intended to improve our
ability to simulate larger systems more realistically.
A comparison study of two- and three-body potential models for liquid and
amorphous Si0₂ is presented. The structural, vibrational, and...
Chromium, an element of widespread use, is toxic in some
forms. Improper disposal of waste chromium products has
resulted in contamination of many sites throughout the United
States, including the United Chrome Products Superfund site
in Corvallis, Oregon. A better understanding of chromium
chemistry is needed to facilitate the remediation...
The McDonald Forest is one of the Oregon State University Research Forests, owned by the College of Forestry and located approximately seven miles northwest of the heart of Corvallis. I took four hikes on the McDonald Forest at four major recreation destinations: Oak Creek, Dimple Hill, Lewisburg Saddle, and Peavy...
Soil column studies were performed on a chromium contaminated soil from the United
Chrome Products Superfund Site currently undergoing a pump-and-treat cleanup process. The
goal of the research was to provide insight into the feasibility of chemically changing the injection
fluid of the pump-and-treat system to enhance hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI))...
Commercial production of soybeans in Oregon has been limited. In
1977, less than 1,500 acres were grown, primarily in the Columbia Basin
area. However, interest in soybeans as a possible "new crop" for Oregon
has arisen because of the (1) recent strong soybean price, (2) the high
cost of transporting...
Feedlot finishing of beef cattle in Southern Alberta involves
income risk due to the variability of prices of feeders, feed and
finished cattle. Several strategies are available to reduce this
risk, including hedging of cattle on feed, participation in a Federal-
Provincial government and producer established income stabilization
The spatial distribution and abundance patterns of benthic infauna result from interactions with a host of environmental variables including sediment characteristics (percent silt-clay, grain size, total organic carbon), depth, temperature, and dissolved oxygen. This thesis focuses on the association of bivalve assemblages and species with potentially influential environmental variables along...