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Nancy Hadley

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Address: Marine Resources Division, 217 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.953.9841


M.S., 1981, College of Charleston

Research Interests

  • Oyster reef ecology, restoration, and conservation  

Current and planned research projects

  • modelling oyster reef development to functional maturity as tool for evaluating restoration success
  • development of volunteer-friendly sampling methods to evaluate faunal use of oyster reefs
  • improving water quality through outreach/education and fostering of stewardship
  • building capacity for oyster restoration in SC through community partnerships


  • Wilber, D.H., N. Hadley and D.G. Clarke. 2012. Resident Crab Associations with Sedimentation on Restored Intertidal Oyster Reefs in South Carolina, U.S. and the Implications for Secondary Consumers. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 32(5): 838-847.
  • Coen, L., N. Hadley, V. Shervette and W. Anderson. 2011. Managing Oysters in South Carolina: A Five Year Program to Enhance/Restore Shellfish Stocks and Reef Habitats through Shell Planting and Technology Improvements. SCDNR, Marine Resources Center, Technical Report. 121pp.
  • Shervette, V.R., Hadley, N., Gelwick, F. 2011. Habitat and seasonal variation in macroinvertebrate density and size structure. Journal of Crustacean Biology 31(4):660-667.
  • Hadley, N.H., D.H. Wilber, M. Hodges, L.D. Coen. 2010. Evaluating Intertidal Oyster Reef Development in South Carolina Using Associated Faunal Indicators. Restoration Ecology 18(5): 691-701.
  • Hadley, N.H. and C. Krause. 2001. Oyster Habitats as Living Classrooms. Workshop manual. SCDNR. 35 pp.