Forest Dynamics Plot
In 1981, Carol Hampe and Dr. Victoria Sork established a 4-ha, stem-mapped oak-hickory forest plot at Tyson to mirror pioneering efforts led by Drs. Stephen Hubbell and Robin Foster at Barro Colorado Island, Panama in 1980. Three decades later, Dr. Jonathan Myers (PI) has re-established the plot and expanded it to 25 hectares to provide a uniquely long-term dataset for the Ozark forest ecoregion. The site is now a node in the Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatories network
, and serves as a comparison among other sites in the network. The project has identified over 39, 000 stems to date, and has completed a detailed topographic analysis of the entire plot (shown above).