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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


Featured Research and Development

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Plant-microbial interactions
We established experimental native Tallgrass prairie communities next to the new research facility at the Tyson Research Center to test the novel hypothesis that plant-microbial interactions are the driving force underlying positive diversity-ecosystem function relationships, and that this relationship depends on the evolutionary relatedness of plant species comprising the community. We will also test how those interactions change under drought conditions. A better understanding of the mechanisms that underlie ecosystem functioning is essential to ensure that future management techniques retain the provision of multiple ecosystem services, especially in the face of a changing climate.

News and Events

Field Season 2016
The new season is nearly upon us at Tyson Research Center! Monday, May 23 is the start of the 2016 undergraduate fellowship program and we're all excited to begin.

Tyson Summer Seminar Series
The first seminar of the season is coming up on May 26 with a talk by Ximena Bernal from Purdue University titled 'Unraveling the ecology and evolution of interspecific eavesdropping: lessons from frog-biting midges'. Check out the entire schedule to plan out your Thursday summer fun. As always, the talk will begin around 4 with a potluck BBQ following.

LaManna et al. publish paper on negative density dependence
Tyson post-doc Joe LaManna and colleagues, including Washington University Assistant Professor in Biology Jonathan Myers, published work from the Tyson Forest Dynamics Plot in a recent issue of Ecology Letters.

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