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Jeffrey W. Hughes

Associate Professor of Plant Biology
Associate Professor of Natural Resources
Director of the Field Naturalist Graduate Program

Ph.D. 1987, Cornell University

Email: Jeffrey.Hughes@uvm.edu

Phone: 802-656-0708

Office: 267 Jeffords Hall

Research area: Forest Ecology, Communities and Ecosystems

Courses Taught: 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)

Summary of Research Program

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.

Selected Publications

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