Current Lab Members
Dan received his B.S. from Fort Lewis College
in 1993, his M.S. from the University of Wyoming in 1996, and his Ph.D.
from the University of Wyoming in 1999. He conducted post-doctoral
research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from
1999-2000. He has worked as an assistant professor in the Department
of Geosciences and Natural Resources Management at Western Carolina University and as a visiting assistant
professor in the Department of Botany at the University of Wyoming.
Since 2005, he has been employed as an assistant/associate professor of
Botany at the University of Wyoming.
Web Page: Kellen's Site
Kellen’s primary interests lie in forest
disturbance regimes, forest health, landscape dynamics and spatial ecology.
He holds a BS in Forestry Biology (2004) and a MS in Forest Ecology (2009)
from Colorado State University. For the last decade, he has participated
in forest ecology research throughout Colorado and Wyoming. After graduating with his MS degree, he
spent two years working for the USDA Forest
Service; first, as a monitoring analyst for the Washington DC office
then as a technology transfer forester for the National Inventory and
Monitoring Application Center.
Kellen looks forward to learning about new tools for testing the
mechanics of ecological disturbance and continuing to work in ecological
research after graduating with a PhD from the University of Wyoming.
Paige received her B.S. in Biology from George Fox University in 2011 with an emphasis
in ecology and field biology. During her undergraduate studies she
conducted research related to animal physiology under Dr. Donald Powers.
Her projects focused on sexual selection in red-sided garter snakes and on
thermoregulation in rough-skinned newts.
Despite her foray into animal physiology, her
primary interests have always been in forest and disturbance ecology and
climate change. Thus, she came to UW to pursue a graduate degree under Dan
Tinker. Her work thus far has
focused on developing allometric equations and analyzing biomass
partitioning in post fire lodgepole pine stands in Yellowstone. Her future
research will investigate the role of interspecific competition along
Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, Lodgepole pine ecotones to aid in predictions
of range expansion/contraction of Rocky Mountain
projected future climate scenarios.
Greg graduated from the University of Wyoming
with B.S. degrees in Geography and Agroecology, and minors in Botany, Soil
Science, and Reclamation and Restoration Ecology. He joined the Tinker Lab for Forest and Fire
Ecology in the fall of 2012, and is currently working on his M.S. in
Botany. His main research interests
lie in plant community ecology and disturbance ecology, particularly in
forest ecosystems. For his thesis
research, he is studying understory vegetation response to mountain pine
beetle-induced lodgepole pine mortality.
Current MS student
received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in Physical Geography
with a minor in Environmental Studies. Post-graduation, Paul spent a number
of years gaining experience in wildland fire and fuels, wildlife research
and geographic information systems. He is currently a master’s student
studying fire ecology and fuel moisture dynamics at the University of
Wyoming. His research focuses on the implications of forest harvest methods
on fuel loads and fuel moisture dynamics.
Gail is a part-time lab assistant for the
Tinker Laboratory for Forest and Fire Ecology. Gail performs a wide variety
of tasks including lab management, processing field samples, data entry and
analysis, manuscript preparation, computer operations, and in general
serves as the “glue between the cracks” to help the lab run smoothly and
efficiently. Gail Stakes received an MS in Electrical Engineering and a BS
in Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University.
She worked for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and
associated subcontractors for 15 years in East Tennessee. Gail moved
to Laramie, Wyoming in 2004 to share a ranch and academic life with Dan