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Tyson's mission is to provide a living landscape for environmental research and education as a component of Washington University's International Center for Advanced Renewal Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES). Tyson provides:

  • A landscape-scale experimental venue for studies on ecosystem sustainability
  • A 2,000 acre outdoor laboratory for important research and teaching opportunities from Washington University and other nearby institutions
  • Research and educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students related to the environment and sustainability
 

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Featured Research and Development

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Tyson Glade Project
The experimental glade creations on Tyson are used to ask questions about why certain plants do or do not live in glades of different shapes and sizes. In total, we created almost 25 acres of glade. That area is broken into small, medium and large glades that are either round or star shaped. This study looks at the influences of size, edge effects, and dispersal ability on the overall plant community. We are also looking at population growth and other demographic patterns of rare and glade endemic plants. Eventually, after we put all this information together, we’ll have learned a lot about the process of restoring glades and how best to promote the establishment and survival of rare and endemic plants. This is a long term project that will hopefully be a part of Tyson’s future for many decades to come. It will also provide many opportunities for student, post-doc and collaborative research.

News and Events



Tyson In The News!
Here is an excellent write-up in the Post-Dispatch about the Tyson Forest Dynamics Plot being rolled into the Smithsonian Institution's global forest network. Please click here to read. Jonathan Myers and Marko Spasojevic (Tyson Postdoctoral Fellow) recently received a grant to conduct this research. More info.

The turtle team, led by Stephen Blake, also made the news in this terrific story and video clip.

New Award!
Tyson, along with Shaw Nature Reserve, was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Service Award from the Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA) for our SIFT & TERF programs. This award is in recognition of promoting environmental education in Missouri and supporting the mission of the MEEA. Read more about the programs here.





Find more about Weather in Eureka, MO
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phone: (314)-935-8430
fax: (314)-935-8433
6750 Tyson Valley Road
Eureka MO 63025