The Hughes Lab

  Research in our lab addresses questions concerning the ecology, evolution, and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. We utilize a variety of techniques, including radiotelemetry, mark-recapture studies, and phylogenetic reconstruction, and data stems from a variety of sources, especially museum specimens and wild populations. We achieve all research goals through student participation, where the focus is on training and building capacity in research based on rewarding experiences for students. All of the research conducted in our lab is student-led and thus the lasting impact from our work is the training of the next generation of ecologists and evolutionary biologists.

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2021 Kansas Herpetological Society Meeting
  • Lauren, Danny, and Farah
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2021 Summer Lab Photo
  • Danny, Lyssie, Farah, and Lauren
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Daniel F. Hughes, Ph.D.

Lab PI

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Farah Suboh

Project: Space use and behavior of Ornate Box Turtles

Major: Biology

Standing: Junior

Funding: Coe College

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Delaney Throckmorton

Project: Deciphering the recruitment of TFAP2 to the neural plate border

Major: Biology

Standing: Senior

Funding: FUTURE program

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Lyssie Ahern

Project: Documenting the biodiversity of an urban lake in eastern Iowa

Major: Biology

Standing: Junior

Funding: NSF STEMPath

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Lauren Velez

Project: Assessment of an urban lake's aquatic turtle community

Major: Biology

Standing: Junior

Funding: Iowa DNR

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Sangai Dukuly

Project: Spatial ecology of Ornate Box Turtles

Major: Biology

Standing: Freshman

Funding: Coe College

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Marcos Villanueva

Project: Effects of glowsticks on captures of Blue-spotted Salamanders in eastern Iowa

Major: Biology

Standing: Graduated 2021

Funding: Coe College

Time in lab: Spring 2021

Delaney's poster
Marcos's poster
Lauren's poster
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Farah's poster
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Sangai's poster
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Lyssie's poster