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Jan 4, 2018
Check out Tyson's recent activity in our 2016-2017 annual report. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Tyson Research Center supported researchers from seven WashU departments and 22 institutions from around the US and the world.
Dec 7, 2017
The scientific value of ForestGEO plots like the one at Tyson are explained in the October issue of Tropicos, the newsletter of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Nov 14, 2017
The annual Tyson Undergraduate Fellows Program information session was held on Tuesday, November 14. Tyson research mentors came together to talk to students about opportunities to work with them during summer 2018.
Nov 6-7, 2017
Four current and former Tyson researchers joined 41 other scientists from around the world for a workshop in Boulder, Colorado aimed at identifying current scientific priorities in fire ecology research.
Nov 2, 2017
Crandall, R.M. and T.M. Knight. Role of multiple invasion mechanisms and their interaction in regulating the population dynamics of an exotic tree. 2017. Journal of Applied Ecology. 00: 1-10.
Oct 23, 2017
Research conducted at Tyson was well represented at the Washington University 2017 Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday, October 21. Fourteen Tyson undergraduate fellows and ten TERFers shared their work from summer 2017 via 19 posters.
Oct 19, 2017
Joshua Blodgett, assistant professor of biology and Tyson researcher, knows that bats may not rank high on most people’s lists of lovable creatures. However, that has not stopped him from researching how to combat white-nose syndrome (WNS), an infectious disease that is wiping out bat populations across North America.
Oct 17, 2017
Over the past two years, more than 100 Washington University in St. Louis students from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the School of Engineering & Applied Science have worked with industry partners to design, fabricate and now finally construct CRETE House. The structure will be permanently installed at Tyson as a residence for visiting scientists.
Oct 12, 2017
In an article for Inside Science, WashU ecologist and Tyson researcher Jonathan Myers shares his thoughts about new research on how year-round flowering influences tropical forest biodiversity. The findings complement the work Jonathan and his colleagues recently published in Science.
Oct 11, 2017
A study by Tyson researcher Brent Williams and colleagues casts doubt on warming implications of brown carbon aerosol from wildfires. The results will be beneficial to scientists for fine-tuning climate models and satellite retrieval algorithms. It also will assist several federal agencies working to understand wildfires.
Sep 28, 2017
Tyson was featured in the September 2017 issue of BIOrhythms, a newsletter for undergraduate biology majors. Undergraduates interested in spending the summer as part of the Tyson research community are welcome to attend an information session on Tuesday, November 14 from 5:00-7:00 pm in DUC 234.
Sep 6, 2017
Beginning in January, the Living Earth Collaborative will be headquartered at Washington University under the direction of Losos, who will rejoin the Arts & Sciences faculty at Washington University.
Aug 28, 2017
A recent episode of Nine Network's Living St. Louis explored how bioengineers are using green techniques to restore a critical part of LaBarque Creek. Tyson director Kim Medley and The Nature Conservancy's Steve Harrington provide insight into the need for the restoration project and what they hope to achieve.
Jul 3, 2017
Joseph A. LaManna, R. Travis Belote, Laura A. Burkle, Christopher P. Catano and Jonathan A. Myers. Negative density dependence mediates biodiversity–productivity relationships across scales. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1 (8), 1107
Jun 29, 2017
Jonathan Myers and Joe LaManna proposed a test of the Janzen-Connell hypothesis to the principal investigators of the Smithsonian Center for Tropical Forest Science-Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO).
Apr 6, 2017
Tyson continues to push sustainability boundaries with the installation of our first residential structure this fall. The solar-powered, 995-squarefoot residence is built almost entirely from pre-cast concrete.
Jul 24, 2015
The bungalows of Bittner Avenue in the north St. Louis neighborhood of Baden will be torn down this summer, victims of chronic flooding. The demolition is another loss for Baden, a once-vibrant neighborhood with a shrinking tax base. Yet this close-knit community is determined to turn things around with the assistance of a team of Washington University in St. Louis researchers.
Oct 27, 2014
Kim Medley and her colleagues at the University of Central Florida turned to the new discipline of landscape genetics to reconstruct the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) invasion. Correlating genetic patterns with landscape patterns, they concluded that the mosquito had traveled by human-aided “jump” dispersal followed by slower regional spread.
Dec 4, 2013
A 60-acre (25-hectare) plot in Washington University in St. Louis’ Tyson Research Center has been named a Forest Global Earth Observatory, or ForestGEO. The oak-hickory forest in the rolling foothills of the Ozarks joins a network of 51 long-term forest study sites in 23 countries, including eight others in the United States.
Nov 22, 2013
Stephen Blake, a visiting scientist who studies the 'movement ecology' of giant tortoises, uses box turtles to coax St. Louis kids back in the woods. Tyson high school and undergraduate fellows play a role in the St. Louis Box Turtle Project as they track Tyson turtles during warm weather months.
Sep 25, 2013
Together with then-undergraduate student Alex Strauss, Tyson interim director Kevin Smith collected physical and chemical data and surveyed the species living in 29 ponds in east-central Missouri. The results of this study are published in the Sept. 25 edition of PLOS ONE.
Oct 29, 2012
Originated in 2008 through a grant from the National Science Foundation, SIFT (Shaw Institute for Field Training) and TERF (Tyson Environmental Research Fellowships) are a collaboration between WUSTL’s Tyson Research Center and the Shaw Nature Reserve to give high school students experience in environmental research.
Oct 10, 2011
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) named Washington University in St. Louis as the winner of its “Best Lessons Learned Case Study Award” Oct. 11 during the AASHE 2011 Conference in Pittsburgh. The award recognizes honest disclosure of lessons learned in constructing a building that required zero net-energy input.
Mar 9, 2011
In this activity, students will explore how solar panels work by building circuits and using a solar panel to light a bulb. Then students will build a solar-powered house using a shoebox, and test some variables to determine the most efficient way to harness solar energy to power a model home.
Oct 12, 2010
The Living Learning Center just became one of the first “living buildings” in the world, a title that requires net zero energy usage and net zero wastewater production over the course of a year. The challenge is widely recognized as the world’s most rigorous green building performance standard.