Luke E Painter
OSU Campus
Fisheries and Wildlife
Oregon State University
104 Nash Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States


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


Classes currently taught by Luke Painter:
FW 318 Systematics of Mammals - ecampus and on campus

FW 458/558 Mammal Conservation and Management - ecampus

FES 341 Forest Ecology - ecampus


2013 - PhD, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
2007 - MS, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
1982 - BA, Rice University, Houston, TX

I can serve on graduate committees


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

Batchelor, J.L., W.J. Ripple, T.M. Wilson, and L.E. Painter. 2015. Restoration of riparian areas following the removal of cattle in the northwestern Great Basin. Environmental Management 55:930-42.

Painter, L.E., R.L. Beschta, E.J. Larsen, W.J. Ripple. 2015. Recovering aspen follow changing elk dynamics in Yellowstone: evidence of a trophic cascade? Ecology 96:252-63.

Painter, L.E., R.L. Beschta, E.J. Larsen, W.J. Ripple. 2014. After long-term decline, are aspen recovering in northern Yellowstone? Forest Ecology and Management 329:108-17.

Painter, LE. 2013. Trophic cascades and large mammals in the Yellowstone ecosystem. PhD dissertation. Oregon State University, Corvallis.

Painter, L.E., and W.J. Ripple. 2012. Bison, willow and cottonwood in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. Pages 43-44 in Greater Yellowstone in Transition, Program and Abstracts of the 11th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Yellowstone National Park.

Painter, L.E., and W.J. Ripple. 2012. Effects of bison on willow and cottonwood in northern Yellowstone National Park. Forest Ecology and Management 264:150-58.

Ripple, W.J., L.E. Painter, R.L. Beschta, and C.C. Gates. 2010. Wolves, elk, bison, and secondary trophic cascades in Yellowstone National Park. Open Ecology Journal 3:31-37.

Painter, L.E. 2009. Redefining old-growth in forested wetlands of western Washington. Environmental Practice 11:68-83.