Richard P. Guyette, PhD

Research Professor Emeritus


Contact Information

Phone 573-882-7741
Address 203 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building


  • Ph.D. 1991, University of Missouri-Columbia


  • Dendrochronology and tree ring chemistry.

Research Summary

  • Guyette’s research involves the use of tree rings for monitoring tree growth and the environment. Currently he is working in several areas of dendrochronology. These include: determining pre-settlement fire frequency in oak-pine forests, reconstructing long-term climatic records from annual growth increments of eastern red cedar, and using calcium concentrations in tree rings as a transpiration variable.


  • Dendrochronology
  • Dendroecology

Selected Publications

  • Guyette, R.P., M.A. Spetich, and M.C. Stambaugh. 2006.
    Historic fire regime dynamics and forcing factors in the Boston Mountains, Arkansas, USA. Forest ecology and management. 234:293-304.
  • Guyette, R.P., M.C. Stambaugh, R.M. Muzika, and D.C. Dey. 2006.
    Fire scars reveal variability and dynamics of eastern fire regimes. In: (Dickinson, M. B., ed.) Fire in eastern oak forests: delivering science to land managers, proceedings of a conference; 2005 November 15-17; Columbus, OH. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-1. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 304 p.
  • Guyette, R.P., R.M. Muzika, and A. Stevenson. 2006.
    Rotation length based on a time series analysis of timber degrade by oak borers. Proceeding of the Central Hardwood Conference. Knoxville TN 2006.
  • Guyette, R.P., M.C. Stambaugh, A. Lupo, R.M. Muzika, and D.C. Dey. 2006. Oak growth in Midwestern North America linked with post glacial climate epochs in the North Atlantic. PAGES News 14(2): 21-22.
  • Shlisky, A.J., R.P. Guyette, and K.C. Ryan. 2005.
    Modeling reference conditions to restore altered fire regimes in oak-hickory-pine forests: validating coarse models with local fire history data. Eastfire Conference, George Mason University. Fairfax Virginia.
  • Muzika, R.M. and R.P. Guyette. 2004.
    A dendrochronological analysis of red oak borer abundance. In: (Spetich, M.A. ed.) Upland Oak Ecology Symposium: history current conditions, and sustainability. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-73. Asheville, NC: U.S. Depart. of Agriculture, Forest Service Southern Res. Stat. 311 p.
  • Stambaugh, M.C., R.P. Guyette, and C. Putnam. 2005.
    Fire in the pines: a 341 year fire history of Big Spring, Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Park Science, 23:43-47.
  • Guyette, R.P., M.C. Stambaugh. 2004.
    Post oak fire scars as a function of diameter, growth, and tree age. Forest Ecology and Management. Forest Ecology and Management. 198:183-192.
  • Muzika, R.M. Guyette, R.P., T. Zielonka, and A.M. Liebhold. 2004.
    The influence of O3, NO2, and SO2 on growth of Picea abies and Fagus sylvatica in the Carpathian Mountains. Environmental Pollution 130:65-71.
  • Guyette, R.P., M.C. Stambaugh and D.C. Dey 2004.
    Ancient oak climate proxies from the agricultural heartland. EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union. 85(46):483 p.
  • Stambaugh, M.C. and R.P. Guyette. 2004.
    The long-term growth and climate response of shortleaf pine at the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project. In:(Yaussy et al. eds.) The Proceeding of the 14th Central Hardwoods Conference, Delaware, Ohio. USDA Forest Service GTR NE-316. pp 448-458.
  • Guyette, R.P. and M. Spetich. 2003.
    Fire history in the Lower Boston Mountains. Forest Ecology and Management. 180:463-474.
  • Guyette, R.P. and M.C. Stambaugh. 2003.
    The age and density of ancient and modern oak wood in streams and sediments. IAWA (International Association of Wood Anatomists) Journal. 24:345-353 p.
  • Guyette, R.P. Dey, D.C, and M.C. Stambaugh. 2003.
    Fire history of an Indiana oak barren. American Midlands Naturalist. 149:21-34.
  • Guyette, R.P. and J. Kabrick. 2003.
    The legacy of forest disturbance, succession, and species at the MOFEP sites. In:(S. Shifley, eds.) The Proceeding of the Second Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project Symposium. USDA Forest Service GTR NC-227.
  • Stambaugh, M.C., R.M. Muzika, and R.P. Guyette. 2002.
    Disturbance characteristics and overstory composition of an old-growth shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata Mill.) forest in the Ozark Highlands, Missouri, USA. Natural Areas Journal 22:108-119.
  • Guyette, R.P. W. G. Cole, D.C. Dey, and R.M. Muzika. 2002.
    Perspectives on the age and distribution of large wood in riparian carbon pools. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 59:578-585.
  • Guyette, R.P. R.M. Muzika, and D.C. Dey. 2002.
    Dynamics of an anthropogenic fire regime. Ecosystems. 5(5): 472-486.
  • Dey, C.D., and R.P. Guyette. 2000.
    Anthropogenic fire history and red oak forests in south-central Ontario. Forestry Chronicle 76(2):339-347.