Lab News Archives


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.

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.

May 2014

Randall and Torrie had a great visit with Kitty Gehring at NAU before heading to the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR.

Welcome to the Hug-bro summer interns!  Joe, Anne, and Angelina joined us this month, and we are so glad to have their help!

The Team Oyster paper led by David is out in Ecology Letters!  Check out the NEU article about it here.

February 2014

Randall heads back to FL soon for several fun field excursions leading up to the premiere of Oyster Doctors, the new documentary on David and Randall’s NSF-funded research.  If you’re in the area, come join us!  Check out the blog for more info.

Randall’s paper with Katie Lotterhos on fine-scale genetic diversity in Spartina alterniflora is available in Marine Ecology Progress Series.

January 2014

The recent cold snap in FL left our marsh experiment coated in ice!

Team Oyster has a paper in Oecologia on geographic patterns in pea crab infection of oysters.

December 2013

Check out Forest’s post on the TIDE blog!

November 2013

Randall and Althea’s paper with Dr. Mike Piehler on Spartina, fiddler crabs, and mussels is online at Oikos (and also highlighted on the Oikos blog). Thanks to Tanya for the awesome Fig. 1!

There was snow in the marsh yesterday when we went to sample our experiment!  Brrr...

September 2013

Forest Schenck and Torrie Hanley have joined the Hug-bro lab at Northeastern.  Welcome!

August 2013

Robyn’s study on the effects of snails on Spartina reproductive stems is out in Marine Ecology Progress Series.  Nice work, Robyn!

July 2013:

Our research project with Dr. Pete Macreadie on “blue carbon” in the salt marsh was recently published in PLoS One.

Randall and David are back in their old stomping grounds in northern FL to work on a series of ongoing experiments in salt marshes and oyster reefs.

May 2013:

If you’re in the Boston area, come check out the Sustaining Coastal Cities conference at NEU!

Welcome back to Robyn Zerebecki, who returns to work on her graduate research with Greg Crutsinger at UBC.

Welcome also to Deanna Beatty, graduate student with Mark Hay at GA Tech, who is examining sediment microbial responses to marsh genetic diversity.

April 2013:

Congratulations to Kelly Rooker, former Hug-bro lab REU, on her selection as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow!

March 2013:

Randall and Althea will both be presenting at the Benthic Ecology Meeting in Savannah, GA, March 20-24.

Rob Diaz de Villegas, our collaborator on “In the Grass, On the Reef”, will be screening a short film at the Beneath the Waves Film Festival on Thursday, March 21!

Randall attended the TIDE project All Scientists Meeting at MBL in Woods Hole, MA.  What a cool project and fun group of scientists!

February 2013:

Congratulations to Althea on passing her written exams!!

January 2013:

The Hughes lab has moved to Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center!

December 2012 -

Get the ‘dirt’ on Althea’s latest experiment on RocketHub.

The Hug-bro lab hosted a Science Communication Workshop with Randy Olson on Dec. 11-12, 2012.  We had a great time and learned a lot!

September 2012 -

Kelly’s 2011 REU project was just published in PLoS One!

We had a great visit with Dr. Peter Macreadie of the University of Technology Sydney (and started some cool projects!).

Farewell, Robyn!  We wish you the best at UBC.

August 2012 -

Check out the latest on David and Randall’s salt marsh research in Ecology.

March 2012 -

Althea, Robyn, and Kelly presented their summer 2011 research at the recent 41st Benthic Ecology meeting in Norfolk, VA. A good time was had by all!

Randall gave the keynote presentation at the 2012 Gulf of Mexico Graduate Student Symposium on March 3 at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. It was great to meet so many students and learn about their exciting research!

Check out Randall’s paper with Stephanie Kamel, Jay Stachowicz, and Rick Grosberg on seagrass genetic structure and relatedness in Marine Ecology Progress Series.

2011 -

Randall participated in an NSF ADVANCE workshop - Women Evolving Biological Sciences - at NESCent in Durham, NC

The Hug-bro lab t-shirt is here!  Thanks very much to Tanya for the awesome design.

Randall attended the ESA conference in Austin, TX in August to speak in a cool symposium on The Ecological Consequences of Intraspecific Variation.

Congratulations to Robyn on her recent paper in PLoS One!  Check it out here.