Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences

Taylor Sloey

NORFOLK, 23529

Worldwide, wetlands improve water quality, sequester and store atmospheric carbon, protect shorelines from erosion and storm surge, and provide crucial habitat for thousands of species of plants and animals. Unfortunately, wetlands are threatened worldwide and a large percentage of these systems have been lost. My lab's research focuses on understanding how wetland ecosystems, particularly plants, respond to environmental change and stressors in a context that informs restoration, management, and conservation. My lab's work ranges from coastal marshes and mangroves to freshwater swamps at scales ranging from the organism (ecophysiology) to community/regional-level (community ecology).

The Wetland Plant & Restoration Lab is led by Assistant Professor Dr. Taylor M. Sloey in the Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia USA.

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

van Breugel, M., Sloey, T., Yando, E., Friess, D., Wainwright, B. and Tan, E. "LUMPUR Project: Long-term Urban Mangrove Protection, Understanding & Rehabilitation" $180,000. Foreign. October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2022


Wetland Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Plant Ecophysiology


Friess, D. A.., Yando, E., Abuchahla, Guilherme M. O., Adams, J. B.., Cannicci, S., Canty, Steven W. J., Cavanaugh, K. C.., Connolly, R. M.., Cormier, N., Dahdouh-Guebas, F., Diele, K., Feller, I. C.., Fratini, S., Jennerjahn, T. C.., Lee, S. Yip., Ogurcak, D. E.., Ouyang, X., Rogers, K., Rowntree, J. K.., Sharma, S., Sloey, T. and Wee, Alison K. S. (2020). Mangroves give cause for conservation optimism, for now. CURRENT BIOLOGY 30 (4) , pp. R153-R154.
McCoy, M., Sloey, T., Howard, R. and Hester, M. (2020). Response of tidal marsh vegetation to pulsed increases in flooding and nitrogen. . Wetland Ecology and Management 28 , pp. 119-135.
Pickens, C. N.., Sloey, T. and Hester, M. W.. (2019). Influence of salt marsh canopy on black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) survival and establishment at its northern latitudinal limit. HYDROBIOLOGIA 826 (1) , pp. 195-208.
Sloey, T. and Hester, M. (2019). The role of seed bank and germination dynamics int he restoration of a tidal freshwater marsh in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science. 17 (3).
Sloey, T. and Hester, M. W.. (2018). Impact of nitrogen and importance of silicon on mechanical stem strength in Schoenoplectus acutus and Schoenoplectus californicus: applications for restoration. WETLANDS ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT 26 (3) , pp. 459-474.
Hester, M. W.., Willis, J. M.. and Sloey, T. (2016). Field assessment of environmental factors constraining the development and expansion of Schoenoplectus californicus marsh at a California tidal freshwater restoration site. WETLANDS ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT 24 (1) , pp. 33-44.
Sloey, T. and Hester, M. W.. (2016). Interactions between soil physicochemistry and belowground biomass production in a freshwater tidal marsh. PLANT AND SOIL 401 (1-2) , pp. 397-408.
Sloey, T., Howard, R. J.. and Hester, M. W.. (2016). Response of Schoenoplectus acutus and Schoenoplectus californicus at Different Life-History Stages to Hydrologic Regime. WETLANDS 36 (1) , pp. 37-46.
Sloey, T., Willis, J. M.. and Hester, M. W.. (2015). Hydrologic and edaphic constraints on Schoenoplectus acutus, Schoenoplectus californicus, and Typha latifolia in tidal marsh restoration. RESTORATION ECOLOGY 23 (4) , pp. 430-438.