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Department of Botany

College of Arts and Sciences

Daniel B. Tinker

Associate Professor
Specialization: Forest and Fire Ecology

Office: Aven Nelson, 130
Phone: 307-766-4967


BS - Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO 1993
MS - University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 1996
PhD - University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 1999


BOT 4700/5700 - Vegetation Ecology - every other fall semester
BOT 4775/5775 - Forest Ecology - every other fall semester
ENR 4000/5000 - Environmental Assessment - Fall
ENR 4900/5900 - Environmental Assessment - Spring

Research Emphasis

My research is aimed at understanding changes in forest structure and function following disturbances such as fires or insect outbreaks, and linking these patterns with spatial heterogeneity across a landscape. Most of our work occurs in montane to subalpine forests of the Intermountain West.

Current Research Projects

  • Changes in the distribution and growth of Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) on the easternmost edge of its distribution in Glacier National Park.
  • Assessment of elk summer range in eastern Yellowstone National Park.
  • Reciprocal interactions of fire and bark beetle disturbances in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
  • Characterization of post-disturbance advance tree regeneration following bark beetle outbreak in southeast Wyoming.


Tinker, D.B., G.K. Stakes, and R.M. Arcano. 2010. Forest management effects on Ponderosa pine allometrics and allocation in the Black Hills, Wyoming. Western Journal of Applied Forestry. In Press.

Romme, W.H., D.B. Tinker, G.K. Stakes, and M.G. Turner. 2009. Does inorganic nitrogen limit plant growth 3-5 years after fire in a Wyoming lodgepole pine forest? Forest Ecology and Management 257: 829-835.

Turner, M.G., E.A.H. Smithwick, D.B. Tinker, and W.H. Romme. 2009. Variation in foliar nitrogen and aboveground net primary production in young postfire lodgepole pine. Can. J. For. Res. 39: 1024-1035.

Chatterjee, A., G.F. Vance, and D.B. Tinker. 2009. Carbon pools of managed and unmanaged stands of ponderosa and lodgepole pine forests in Wyoming. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39: 1893-1900.

Metzger, K.L., E.A.H. Smithwick, D.B. Tinker, W.H. Romme, T.C. Balser and M.G. Turner. 2008. Influence of coarse wood and pine saplings on nitrogen

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