The Tinker Lab for

Forest & Fire Ecology

University of Wyoming     -    Department of Botany     -     Program in Ecology








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Copenhaver, P.E. and D.B. Tinker. 2014. Stand density and age affect tree-level structure and functional characteristics of young, postfire lodgepole pine in Yellowstone National Park. Forest Ecology and Management 320: 138-148. (.pdf)

Pappas, G.S. 2013. Bark Beetles in Western North America: an annotated bibliography for natural resource managers. University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY.(.pdf)

McKenzie, D.A., and D.B. Tinker. 2013. A tree-community-level analysis of successional status and gap-phase and postfire regeneration of range-margin Thuja plicata (western redcedar). Canadian Journal of Forest Research 43: 119-128. (.pdf)

Kashian, D.M., W.H. Romme, D.B. Tinker, M.G. Turner, and M.G. Ryan. 2013. Post-fire changes in forest carbon storage over a 300-year chronosequence of Pinus contorta-dominated forests. Ecological Monographs 83: 49-66.(.pdf)

McKenzie, D.A., and D.B. Tinker. 2012. Fire-induced shifts in overstory tree species composition and associated understory plant composition in Glacier National Park, Montana. Plant Ecology 213: 207-224.(.pdf)

Wright, B.R., and D.B. Tinker. 2012. Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense (L.) Scop.) dynamics in young, postfire forests in Yellowstone National Park, Northwestern Wyoming. Plant Ecology 213: 613-624.(.pdf)

Bockino, N.K., and D.B. Tinker. 2012. Bark beetle and blister rust interactions in whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) ecosystems in the Greater Yellowstone. Natural Areas Journal. 32:31-40.(.pdf)

Kayes, L.J. and D.B. Tinker. 2012. Forest structure and regeneration following a mountain pine beetle epidemic in Southeastern Wyoming. Forest Ecology and Management 263: 57-66. (.pdf)

Turner, M.G., W.H. Romme, E.A.H. Smithwick, D.B. Tinker, and J. Zhu. 2011. Variation in aboveground cover influences soil nitrogen availability at fine spatial scales following severe fire in subalpine conifer forests. Ecosystems. Online First. (.pdf)

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 25(3): 112-119. (.pdf)

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.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39(5): 1024-1035. (.pdf)

Smithwick, E.A.H., M.G. Ryan, D.M. Kashian, W.H. Romme, D.B. Tinker, and M.G. Turner. 2009. Modeling the effects of fire and climate change on carbon and nitrogen storage in lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) stands. Global Change Biology 14: 1-14. (.pdf)

Romme, W.H., D.B. Tinker, G.K. Stakes, and M.G. Turner. 2008. Does inorganic nitrogen limit plant growth 3-5 years after fire in a Wyoming lodgepole pine forest? Forest Ecology and Management 257 (3): 829-835. (.pdf)

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 mineralization and microbial communities in young post-fire Pinus contorta.  Forest Ecology and Management 256: 59-67. (.pdf)

Turner, M. G., E. A. H. Smithwick, K. L. Metzger, D. B. Tinker and W. H. Romme.  2007. Inorganic nitrogen availability following severe stand replacing fire in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104:4782-4789. (.pdf)

Turner, M. G., D. M. Turner, W. H. Romme and D. B. Tinker.  2007. Cone production in young post-fire Pinus contorta stands in Greater Yellowstone (USA).  Forest Ecology and Management  242:119-206. (.pdf)

Kashian, D.M., W.H. Romme, D.B. Tinker, M.G. Turner, and M.G. Ryan. 2006. Carbon storage on landscapes with stand-replacing fires. Bioscience. 50(7): 598-606. (.pdf)

Kashian, D.M., D.B. Tinker, F.L.Scarpace, and M.G. Turner. 2004. Mapping the spatial heterogeneity of lodgepole pine sapling densities in Yellowstone National Park following the 1988 fires. Can. J. For. Res. 34: 2263-2276.

Turner, M.G., D.B. Tinker, W.H. Romme, D.M. Kashian, and C.M. Litton. 2004. Landscape patterns of sapling density, leaf area, and aboveground primary production in postfire lodgepole pine forests, Yellowstone National Park. Ecosystems 7: 751-775. (.pdf)

Tinker, D.B. and D.H. Knight. 2004. Coarse woody debris: an important legacy of forests in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In: After the Fires: The Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park. Linda Wallace, Ed. Yale University Press.

Romme, W. H., M. G. Turner, D.B. Tinker, and D. H. Knight. 2004. Emulating natural forest disturbances in the wildland-urban interface of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Invited chapter in: Perera, A.H., L.J. Buse, and M.G. Weber, eds. Emulating Natural Forest Landscape Disturbances: Concepts and Applications. Columbia University Press, New York, NY. 

Turner, M.G., W.H. Romme, and D.B. Tinker. 2003. Surprises and Lessons from the 1988 Yellowstone Fires. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 1(7): 351-358. (.pdf)

Tinker, D.B., W.H. Romme, and D.G. Despain. 2003. Historic range of variability in landscape structure in subalpine forests of the Greater Yellowstone Area. Landscape Ecology 18: 427-439. (.pdf)

Tinker, D.B. and D.H. Knight. 2001. Temporal and spatial dynamics of coarse woody debris in harvested and unharvested lodgepole pine forests. Ecological Modelling 141: 125-149. (.pdf)

Tinker, D.B. and D.H. Knight. 2000. Coarse Woody Debris Following Fire and Logging in Wyoming Lodgepole Pine Forests.  Ecosystems 3: 472-483. (.pdf)


In Preparation


Nelson, K.N., W.H. Romme, M.G. Turner, and D.B. Tinker. Variability of fuels 24 years post-fire in the subalpine forests of Yellowstone National Park.

Beaver, S.F., A. Middleton,  M. Kauffman, and D.B. Tinker. Forage availability in plant communities and diet selection of two subpopulations of the Clarks Fork elk herd in Northwestern Wyoming. For submission to Oecologia.