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 2016

Torrie’s paper on the effects of intraspecific diversity in oysters is online in Ecology!

We are excited that Mallarie Yeager will be joining the Hughes and Gouhier labs in the fall!

Althea, Torrie, and Randall all presented research at the 45th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting in Portland, Maine.

February 2016

Randall presented preliminary results from our mesocosm experiment with the Heck and Cebrian Labs at Dauphin Island Sea Lab at the 2016 Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference in Tampa Bay, FL.

Randall had a great visit with Susan Williams and Tessa Hill at Bodega Marine Laboratory!

December 2015

Congratulations to Robyn for successfully defending her proposal and advancing to candidacy!

Justin gave an excellent presentation of his Three Seas research - we will miss having him in the lab!

November 2015

Randall and Amelia had a productive (if oily) trip to DISL to sample our marsh/mangrove experiment.

September 2015

Belated congratulations to Torrie, editor of the awesome new book Trophic Ecology, released in June!

Fall semester has started, which means it is time to welcome Forest to the lab in his new role as PhD student!

Congrats to Chris and other members of the Bracken lab on their new paper in Botanica Marina!

August 2015

Randall had a fun (but too brief!) trip to set up new projects with Paul Gribben and Alistair Poore at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Torrie, Althea, and Randall enjoyed ESA100 in Baltimore!


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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Photo credit: Adam Glanzman, NEU