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Randall Hughes

Affiliated Faculty,  Civil & Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor,  Marine and Environmental Sciences



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Research Focus

Marine Community Ecology and Biodiversity


Prof. Hughes is interested in understanding the causes and consequences of biodiversity within and across species.  She focuses on marine and estuarine systems because of the strong experimental tradition in these systems and the important ecosystem services they provide to humans.  The incredible productivity of marine ecosystems and our increasing impact and reliance on them makes marine ecology an ideal field for addressing questions of concern to basic and applied science.


  • PhD, Ecology (Marine Ecology), University of California-Davis, 2006
  • BA, Biology / Public Policy Analysis, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1997

Research Overview

Marine Community Ecology and Biodiversity

Selected Publications

  • A.R. Hughes, J.H. Grabowski, H.M. Leslie, S. Scyphers, S.L. Williams, Inclusion of Biodiversity in Habitat Restoration Policy to Facilitate Ecosystem Recovery, Conservation Letters, 11(3), 2018, e12419
  • A.R. Hughes, J. Cebrian, K. Heck, J. Goff, T.C. Hanley, W.Scheffel, R.A. Zerebecki, Effects of Oil Exposure, Plant Species Composition, and Plant Genotypic Diversity on Salt Marsh and Mangrove Assemblages, Ecosphere, 9, 2018, e02207
  • R. Zerebecki, G.M. Crutsinger, A.R. Hughes, Spartina aterniflora Genotypic Identity Affects Plant-Plant and Plant-Animal Interactions in an Experimental Marsh Community, Journal of Ecology, 2017
  • A.R. Hughes, F.R. Schenck, J. Bloomberg, T.C. Hanley, D. Feng, T.C. Gouhier, R.E. Beighley, D.L. Kimbro, Biogeographic Gradients in Ecosystem Processes of the Invasive Ecosystem Engineer Phragmites australis, Biological Invasions, 18(9), 2016, 2577-2595
  • A.R. Hughes, T.C. Hanley, F.R. Schenck, C.G. Hays, Genetic Diversity of Seagrass Seeds Influences Seedling Morphology and Biomass, Ecology, 97, 2016, 3538-3546
  • T.C. Hanley, A.R. Hughes, B. Williams, H. Garland, D.L. Kimbro, Effects of Intraspecific Diversity on Survivorship, Growth, and Recruitment of the Eastern Oyster Across Sites, Ecology, 97, 2016, 1518-1529
  • A.R. Hughes, T.C. Hanley, N.P. Orozco, R.A. Zerebecki, Consumer Trait Variation Influences Tritrophic Interactions in Salt Marsh Communities, Ecology and Evolution, 5, 2015, 2659-2672


Apr 09, 2019

FY20 TIER 1 Award Recipients

25 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY20 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 18 different projects representing up to $900K dollars of investment in research.

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