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:

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!

July 2015

Torrie, Robyn, and Randall worked with the great folks at Dauphin Island Sea Lab to set up a new GOMRI-funded mesocosm experiment

June 2015

Our paper on consumer trait variation in the salt marsh is out in Ecology and Evolution! Congrats to Nohelia for having her undergraduate Honors thesis published!

May 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Christine Newton-Ramsay, newly minted PhD from the Bracken and Hughes labs!

Welcome to the 2015 Hughes Lab summer interns - Dan, Itxaso, Elise, Lily, and Tong! And we are excited to welcome Anne back in July!

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.


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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