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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
 

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Featured Research and Development

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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 (SIGEO), 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).

News and Events

Tyson Summer Seminar Series
The seminar series has drawn to a close for the 2016 season. We hope everyone had a great time! For a look back at some of the previous speakers from this season check out the schedule. We can't wait to see you back next summer for some more quality seminars!

New Paper Alert
Here is a new paper from the ForestGeo network that includes data from the Tyson Forest Dynamics plot. This paper deals with detecting tree-mycorrhizal associations remotely. Give it a look!

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phone: (314)-935-8430
fax: (314)-935-8433
6750 Tyson Valley Road
Eureka MO 63025