Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School



Natural Resources and the Environment

Program or Major

Environmental Conservation and Sustainability and International Affairs

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Clayton Mitchell


Marine renewable energy, energy harnessed from various ocean resources such as waves, tides, currents, thermal gradients, and marine streams, has incredible potential in the United States. Several European countries have realized the potential of the resource in the North Sea and Atlantic and have created incredibly successful industries already. The United Kingdom, particularly Scotland, is the world leader because of the comprehensive policy, labor force, and markets it has established in order to make MRE a competitive energy source. In the United States, the industry is immature, underfunded, and lacks policy support. In order to establish itself as a world leader in developing an emerging energy sector, the United States should approach this industry similarly to Scotland, with regional and site-specific considerations in mind.


Special thanks to Dr. Clayton Mitchell, who assisted me with this project despite an incredibly difficult year.