University of Vermont

Jeffrey Hughes

Jeffrey Hughes

Associate Professor/ Director Field Naturalist Program

Phone: 802-656-0708
Office: 267 Jeffords Hall
Field Naturalist Program:

Areas of Interest

Forest ecology, communities and ecosystems

Most of my research is conducted in Vermont and at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire. Students sometimes drag me westward, however.

I'm interested and involved in too many things, but two research interests predominate: ecosystem responses to events that upset the ecological status quo, and dynamics of ecotones, especially stream corridors and roads.

Current research initiatives include trying to figure out: (i) how wide riparian zones need to be to conserve plant and animal populations, (ii) ways by which riparian zones might be managed to protect streams from upslope pollutants, and (iii) how roads (abandoned and active) impact the surrounding and future forest. In addition, I'm just now completing a detailed demographic analysis of sugar maple growing at the limits of its ecological range as a way of perhaps and predicting the effects of climatic/atmospheric change on forest ecosystems.

I teach Environmental Problem Solving & Impact Assessment (NR 206); Field Naturalist Practicum (PBIO 311); Fundamentals of Field Science (PBIO 223); Forest Ecosystem Analysis (FOR 122); Community & Sense of Place: Reading the Vermont Landscape (VS 095); Forestry Techniques (FOR 285)


Ph.D. 1987, forest ecology, Cornell University
M.S. environmental problem solving/applied ecology, Miami University

Selected Publications

Hughes, J. W. and W. H. Blackwell. (2007). Environmental Problem Solving: A How-To Guide. University of Vermont Press, University Press of New England.