Mangrove forests are valued for the many ecosystem services
they provide throughout tropical and sub-tropical coastlines. The immense
loss of these ecosystems worldwide over the past century has given impetus
for increased conservation attention and restoration efforts. Although these
efforts have been successful in slowing the rate of mangrove loss, there
still remain many challenges to effective restoration. In this study, we
characterized the biophysical parameters necessary for mangrove seedling
establishment and survival for a variety of species on a small island near
Singapore in Southeast Asia. Through improved understanding of distribution
dynamics and species-specific stress thresholds, we can better inform
conservation and restoration efforts for this ecosystem.
Dr. Taylor Sloey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at ODU. Her research focuses on understanding how wetland ecosystems, particularly plants, respond to environmental change and stressors in a context that informs restoration, management, and conservation. Her work ranges from the organism (ecophysiology) to community level and is often collaborative and interdisciplinary.
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