NOTE: AS OF AUG. 2018 I HAVE TRANSITIONED TO AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITION AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY. I WILL NOT BE UPDATING THIS PAGE, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MY WORK PLEASE GO TO: www.hughesecology.com or http://web.sonoma.edu/biology/faculty/brent_hughes.html
Welcome to my webpage, which is a synopsis of my research in coastal ecology and conservation. I am generally interested in determining processes that affect the stability of coastal ecosystems. My research centers around coastal habitats – seagrass, salt marsh, and kelp (aka foundation species) – which provide valuable ecosystem services, yet are threatened by human activities. Currently my research focuses on four themes: 1) the consequences of predator recovery on the functioning and stability of ecosystems, 2) the relative influence of climatic drivers and anthropogenic threats of coastal ecosystems, 3) the role of foundation species in structuring nearshore diversity and functioning and in turn the drivers maintaining foundation species stability, and 4) informing management and restoration on the processes that drive ecosystem resilience.
Assistant Professor of Biology, Sonoma State University