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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

New Paper From Tyson!
Matt Schuler, a Washington University in St. Louis graduate student, has a recently published paper in the journal Oikos that shows, with data gathered from Tyson Research Center, that more individuals drive the species-energy relations in an experimental zooplankton community. Click here for more info.

Camera Traps!
As part of a research study involving Tyson Research Center and the Smithsonian Institute, we have had an array of camera traps locked to certain trees deep into the forest. These traps are activated by motion, such as a deer walking in front of the sensor. Check out some of the images we have gotten here.



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phone: (314)-935-8430
fax: (314)-935-8433
6750 Tyson Valley Road
Eureka MO 63025