Zoe Hughes, Visiting Scholar

contact me at: zoeh@bu.edu


Zoe with instrument

Zoe deploying instrument in creek




Academic History:

Visiting Scholar at UH. 2010.

Post-Doctoral Associate/Instructor at Boston University. 2004-present

Environmental consultant, Metoc, UK. 2003-2004.

Ph.D. Southhampton University. 2003


Research Interests:

I am a coastal oceanographer who has snuck into the Pennings Lab while no one was looking. I study tidal and wave hydrodynamics, sediment transport and morphodynamics in shallow coastal environments (such as estuaries and backbarrier systems). My link to this group lies in how physics and ecology interact: vegetation and fauna influencing geomorphology and vice versa. 



Selected Publications:

Hughes Z.J., 2010. Tidal channels on tidal flats and marshes. In: Tidal Environments. R Davis and R Dalrymple (Eds), Springer, New York. In Press


Argow B.A., Z.J. Hughes and D.M. FitzGerald, 2010. The potential for ice-rafted sediment influx on northern marshes. Estuaries and Coastal Shelf Science. Submitted


Fagherazzi S., D.M. FitzGerald, R.W. Fulweiler, Z.J. Hughes, P.L. Wiberg, K.J. McGlathery, J.T. Morris, T.J. Tolhurst, L.A. Deegan, D.S. Johnson, 2010. Ecogeomorphology of Salt Marshes and Tidal Flats. In: Treatise on Geomorphology, Vol. 12: Ecogeomorphology. D. Butler and C. Hupp (Eds), Elsevier. In Press


Howes N.C., D.M. FitzGerald, Z.J. Hughes, I.Y. Georgiou, M.A. Kulp, M.D. Miner, J.M. Smith and J.A. Barras, 2010 Wetland loss during hurricanes: failure of low salinity marshes. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. doi:10.1073/pnas.0914582107


Hughes Z.J., 2010. Tourism and climate impact on North American Eastern Seaboard. In: Disappearing Destinations. A. Jones and M. Phillips (Eds). CABI, Wallingford, UK. Pp161-176


Georgiou, I.Y., J.A. McCorquodale, J. Schindler, A.G. Retana, D M. FitzGerald, Z.J.Hughes, and N Howes. 2009. Impact of Multiple Freshwater Diversions on the Salinity Distribution in the Pontchartrain Estuary under Tidal Forcing. Journal of Coastal Research SI(54), pp. 59-70


Hughes, Z. J., D. M. FitzGerald, C. A. Wilson, S. C. Pennings, K. Wieiski, and A. Mahadevan 2009, Rapid headward erosion of marsh creeks in response to relative sea level rise, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L03602, doi:10.1029/2008GL036000


Argow, B.A., Z.J. Hughes, and D.M. FitzGerald, 2007. Ice raft formation, dispersion and sedimentation on New England salt marshes. In: N.C. Kraus and J.D. Rosati (Editors), Coastal Sediments 07: Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes. American Society of Civil Engineers, New Orleans, LA, USA, 1: 798-813.


Hughes, Z.J., D.M. FitzGerald, N.C. Howes and P.Rosen, 2007, The impact of natural waves and ferry wakes on the erosion of bluffs, Boston Harbour, US. J. Coast. Res., SI(50) 497-501.


FitzGerald, D.M., M. Kulp, Z.J. Hughes, I. Georgiou, M. Miner, S. Penland, and N.C. Howes., 2007. Impacts of rising sea level to backbarrier wetlands, tidal inlets, and barrier islands: Barataria coast, Louisiana. In: N.C. Kraus and J.D. Rosati (Editors), Coastal Coastal Sediments 07, Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes, May 13-17, 2007, New Orleans, Louisiana, p. 1179-1192


Updated 11/2010