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Welcome to our lab website, which is a synopsis of the Hughes Lab’s research in coastal ecology and conservation at Sonoma State University. We are generally interested in determining processes that affect the stability of coastal ecosystems. Our 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 research in the lab 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.
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Department of Biology
Sonoma State University