About the TCC

The Tyson Conservation Corps (TCC) is a student group dedicated to conservation and ecological restoration. Students in TCC get hands-on training and experience in habitat restoration and long-term research and monitoring techniques through work on a variety of projects. The group is led by a student coordinator based at the Office of Sustainability who works as the liaison between student volunteers and Tyson Research Center staff ecologists.  

Goals of the TCC:

  • Conserve the ecological integrity of Tyson Research Center

  • Broaden the community of people who value Tyson and its resources

  • Provide students with restoration and applied conservation experience

  • Train student leaders and build capacity for local conservation initiatives

  • Strengthen ties among Tyson, WashU Danforth Campus, area institutions, and greater STL region



Tyson deploys trail cameras at various parts of the year to monitor our large mammal populations. Students help in each stage of the process from camera deployment to image processing and analysis.

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Invasive Species management

Staff and students work together to remove invasive bush honeysuckle (Lonicera mackii), tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima), and other nuisance species throughout Tyson.

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Bat monitoring

Acoustic monitors are set up year round at the Tyson caves. Students help identify species using acoustic software and work with scientists to learn monitoring techniques.


Prescribed Burns

A goal for the TCC is to provide training and on the ground experience to students in using prescribed fire as a restoration tool for habitat improvement at Tyson.


flora and fauna inventory and monitoring

Students work with staff and researchers to build species lists and track changes year to year. This data can inform incoming researchers and also contribute long-term datasets to larger networks.


Student led conservation projects

Students are encouraged to be involved in planning restoration projects and making management decisions in cooperation with Tyson staff and our conservation partners.

The Tyson Conservation Corps was established in late 2018 under the leadership of Tyson Staff Scientist, Solny Adalsteinsson, Tyson Natural Resources Coordinator, Elizabeth Biro.

We look forward to getting to know new students and sharing our passion for ecology and conservation.

Join Tyson Conservation corps for fall and Winter 2019!


Fall 2019 overview:

  • Intro to Tyson and Tyson Conservation Corps event

  • Wildlife identification and photo analysis for the Urban Wildlife Inventory Network of the Lincoln park Zoo

  • Bat surveys and acoustic monitoring

  • Prioritization of areas for invasive honeysuckle removal and learning ecological restoration techniques

  • Planting a native wildflower garden near Tyson HQ

  • Fall migration birding basics

  • And much much more!!!!



Meet our Student Coordinators!

Jacob is a senior studying environmental biology. He was a 2018 Summer Fellow at Tyson in the Mangan lab, where he still does research to this day on plant-soil microbe interactions. He was also a 2019 Summer Fellow at Tyson working on the landscape architecture team with Micah Stanek, helping design a public research garden installation. Among other things, Jacob is a loving father to many, many houseplants, and hopes that through TCC he can get people excited about local conservation and biodiversity!

Shayan is a sophomore from the Chicago suburbs majoring in environmental biology. He is most interested in the restoration and preservation of wildlife biodiversity, and he is excited to bring this passion to TCC. On campus, he is also a part of WU Beekeepers and KWUR, meaning he can broadcast the benefits of sustainability and the importance of ecological conservation to a supportive audience of approximately three of his closest peers and family members. Ultimately, Shayan is thrilled to get more involved with Tyson and looks forward to the exciting events planned for the year!


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