(Anne) Randall Hughes
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
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.
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.