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:

June 2016

Congratulations to Hughes Lab alum Christine Ramsay, who will be starting as an Assistant Professor at Mitchell College in the fall!

Althea will be defending her dissertation on June 17 - come cheer her on!

Torrie’s paper on the effects of intraspecific diversity in oysters is in this month’s issue of Ecology.

May 2016

Welcome to the amazing MSC summer interns in the Hughes lab - Adar and Julia!

Torrie and Randall made an epic road trip from MA to SC with ~400 Spartina plants in the back of a moving truck. All in the name of science!

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.


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

We are on Twitter! Check us out - @hughes_lab

Photo credit: Adam Glanzman, NEU