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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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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

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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6750 Tyson Valley Road
Eureka MO 63025