The Tinker Lab for

Forest & Fire Ecology

University of Wyoming     -    Department of Botany     -     Program in Ecology








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Past and Current Research


Much of Dr. Tinker’s research is conducted in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) in northwestern Wyoming, and involves ecosystem responses to large, natural disturbances such as fire.  Current projects in the GYE are focused on understanding how the observed variation in post-fire plant communities influences successional processes.  Some of these projects include developing a carbon budget for the forested landscape of Yellowstone National park, an evaluation of the impacts of an invasive thistle on forest understory composition and productivity following fire, and investigating the reciprocal interactions of fire and bark beetles in subalpine forests.  New work is beginning in Glacier National Park that will address how variations in climate affect tree establishment and stand development, and other ongoing work continues to evaluate the potential of different management approaches in Wyoming’s forested lands for sequestering and storing atmospheric carbon.

Please click on the links below to read about the various projects we are working on or have worked on in the past.

Past Projects


Allometric Equations for Lodgepole Pine

Whitebark Pine and Bark Beetle Interactions

Canada Thistle Dynamics in Regenerating Forests


Current Projects


Western Red Cedar-Hemlock Forests

Advance Regeneration in Post-bark beetle forests in Wyoming