The Hughes Lab conducted field surveys and glasshouse experiments to investigate phenotypic variation within the invasive common reed, Phragmites australis, at four sites along the east coast of North America. Research on intraspecific variation of this invader will improve impact assessments and guide salt marsh management in estuarine ecosystems invaded by P. australis.
Scientific divers from the MSC recently assisted the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries with an eelgrass restoration project in Salem Sound. Assistant Professor Randall Hughes is also testing the efficacy of using plants sourced from multiple sites to increase eelgrass community resilience.
Seagrass restoration efforts often involve collecting transplants from one or two source sites. According to research by Assistant Professor Randall Hughes and colleagues, there was sometimes a benefit, and never a cost, of including three source sites per transplant plot rather than one.
Recently published research by a Northeastern undergraduate, several faculty members, and other colleagues highlights the vulnerability of Zostera marina to habitat fragmentation. Seed density and dispersal of this perennial seagrass are negatively affected by fragmentation, thus impacting seagrass bed health and resilience.
Doctoring dolphins and mapping shipwrecks, tagging turtles and aging fish, reconstructing a skeleton and creating seaweed art. These were just few of the skills that students were able to learn and practice at the annual High School Marine Science Symposia, earlier this month. Co-hosted by Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center and the Massachusetts Marine Educators, […]
Undeclared Daniel von Staats found a calling in marine science while taking a SCUBA class, which soon turned into an research internship with Assistant Professor Randall Hughes and a field course in the Caribbean.
Assistant Professor Randall Hughes, Christine Ramsay-Newtom (S’15), and colleagues studied the 5-year impacts of the invasive Dasysiphonia japonica at the species, community, and ecosystem level to better understand how the invader itself changes immediately following its establishment.
Associate Professor Randall Hughes recently received a highly competitive early career award from the National Science Foundation to further her research on the causes and consequences of genetic diversity in marine ecosystems.
A study by a team of Northeastern faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and students examines the role that geography plays in how successful the spread of the invasive reed, Phragmites australis, may be.
The Marine Science Center is proud to announce the successful PhD dissertation defense of seven graduate students in the past year: Althea Moore, Nicholas Colvard, Jennifer Elliot, Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn, Lara Lewis-McGrath, Christine Ramsay-Newton, and Lin Zhu. Upon successful defense of their dissertations, these students earned doctorate degrees as successful graduates of Northeastern’s Ecology, Evolution, and […]