Dr. Daniel Tinker is an Associate Professor in the Botany Department and Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. He received his BS in Environmental Biology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and his MS in Zoology and PhD in Botany from the University of Wyoming. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, working under Dr. Monica G. Turner. A major focus of his work is investigating how forested systems respond to a variety of natural disturbances, such as wildfire and insect outbreaks. Research activities include long-term studies of changes in forest structure and function following the 1988 fires in Yellowstone National Park; quantifying coarse wood dynamics in burned and harvested forests; investigating interactions between mountain pine beetle and white pine blister rust in whitebark pine forests; estimating changes in fuel loadings over time following wildfire; measuring changes in understory communities in post-beetle forests in Rocky Mtn. National Park; and identifying competitive interactions among tree species along ecotones in the Intermountain West. Professional service includes serving on the Executive Committee of the Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit; serving on the Steering Committee for the Southern Rockies Fire Science Network, whose mission is to improve the dissemination of fire- and disturbance-related research findings to a range of stakeholders; and serving as Associate Editor for the Journal of Forestry.
Role(s) in BANR: Co-Project Director, investigator on Task 3.1 activities related to ecological assessment of post-harvest activities.