Luke Painter



My research has focused primarily on the ecology of animal and plant interactions, particularly trophic cascade effects involving large herbivores and top predators.

Selected publications

W. J. Ripple, Newsome, T. M., Wolf, C., Dirzo, R., Everatt, K. T., Galetti, M., Hayward, M. W., Kerley, G. I. H., Levi, T., Lindsey, P. A., Macdonald, D. W., Malhi, Y., Painter, L. E., Sandom, C. J., Terborgh, J., and Van Valkenburgh, B. Collapse of the world's largest herbivores. Science Advances 1:e1400103 - e1400103. 

L. E. Painter, Beschta, R. L., Larsen, E. J., and Ripple, W. J. Recovering aspen follow changing elk dynamics in Yellowstone: evidence of a trophic cascade?”, Ecology 96:252 - 263.

J. L. Batchelor, Ripple, W. J., Wilson, T. M., and Painter, L. E. Restoration of Riparian Areas Following the Removal of Cattle in the Northwestern Great Basin. Environmental Management 55:930 - 942. 

W. J. Ripple, Painter, L. E., Beschta, R. L., and C. Gates, C. Wolves, Elk, Bison, and Secondary Trophic Cascades in Yellowstone National Park. The Open Ecology Journal 3:31-37.

L. E. Painter, Beschta, R. L., Larsen, E. J., and Ripple, W. J. After long-term decline, are aspen recovering in northern Yellowstone?. Forest Ecology and Management 329:108-117.

L. E. Painter and Ripple, W. J. Effects of bison on willow and cottonwood in northern Yellowstone National Park. Forest Ecology and Management 264:50-158.

L. E. Painter. RESEARCH ARTICLE: Redefining Old-Growth in Forested Wetlands of Western Washington. Environmental Practice 11:68.