The Hughes Lab


Our lab is interested in the interactions among the numbers and identity of species, the genetic individuals that make up those species, and the ecosystem services that they provide.  We use a combination of lab and field experiments, molecular techniques, and data synthesis to understand the consequences of changes in marine biodiversity.


Marine biodiversity and conservation

Lab News:

March 2015

Although the website has not been active, we have! In addition to shoveling lots of snow, we have been busy planting seedlings and preparing for spring. Thank goodness it is just around the corner.

Benthics 2015 was a success! Congrats to Torrie, Chris, Althea, Robyn, Forest, Steve, and Mariah for excellent presentations. It was a strong showing by the Hughes Lab, and a great meeting overall.

September 2014

Good luck to Jeanne and Forest as they embark on the great Phragmites Road Trip of 2014!

Randall and David’s collaboration with Melanie Bishop and Paul Gribben in Australia is out in MEPS.

Welcome to Robyn and Harriet to the Hug-bro lab!

Many thanks to our NEU summer interns - Joe, Anne, Claudia, John, and Angelina - for their hard work! We’re excited to have Anne stick around for the fall, and to welcome Sarah to the lab!

July 2014

Robyn’s marsh research was featured in The Star in Port St. Joe!

Forest, Brianna, and Luke (Grabowski lab) were pictured on the front page of the Boston Globe!

The Globe also did a great article on our recent crab research.

June 2014

Randall and David’s study showing mud crabs can hear has been published in ProcB! You can check out more here, here, and here.

The ZEN project has started!  Welcome to Jen (SDSU) and Danielle (VIMS) who will be helping us all month.


For more information, please contact:

A. Randall Hughes

Northeastern University Marine Science Center

430 Nahant Rd.

Nahant, MA 01945

(781) 581 7370

rhughes [at]

Twitter: @hughes_lab

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