(Anne) Randall Hughes

Assistant Professor Email: rhughes@neu.edu Phone: 781.581.7370 ext. 314


PhD, Ecology (Marine Ecology), University of California-Davis, 2006
BA, Biology / Public Policy Analysis, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1997

Area(s) of Expertise

Marine Community Ecology and Biodiversity

Research Interests

Prof. Hughes is interested in understanding the causes and consequences of biodiversity within and across species.  She focuses on marine and estuarine systems because of the strong experimental tradition in these systems and the important ecosystem services they provide to humans.  The incredible productivity of marine ecosystems and our increasing impact and reliance on them makes marine ecology an ideal field for addressing questions of concern to basic and applied science.

Lab Website




Marine Science Center

430 Nahant Rd.

Nahant, MA 01908

The noisy world of mud crabs

Fish are not silent crea­tures. Just like the ter­res­trial world, there’s a ver­i­table sym­phony of sound echoing under the sea. Indeed, the black drum fish was the sub­ject of many a phone call to the Miami police back in 2005, when their mid­night mating calls were waking up the locals.

Snails have a thing for sexy stems

In the marsh­lands of the south­east United States, the peri­winkle snail is among the most abun­dant grazing species.