Lily Hughes

Postdoctoral Scientist
Address: Innovation Hall
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Phylogenomics, phylogeography, ecological genetics, bioinformatics, ichthyology

I am currently working on the NSF-funded Genealogy of Life project "Fish Life: genealogy and traits of living and fossil vetebrates that never left the water". My work focuses on developing bioinformatic pipelines to analyze data for fish phylogenomics.


PhD, Biological Sciences, George Washington University, Washington, DC
MA, Biology, Clark University, Worcester, MA
BA, Biology, Clark University, Worcester, MA


Hughes, LC, Somoza, GM, Nguyen, B, Bernot, JP, González-Castro, M, Díaz de Astarloa, JM, and Ortí, G. 2017. Transcriptomic differentiation underlying marine-to-freshwater transitions in the South American silversides Odontesthes argentinensis and O. bonariensis (Atheriniformes). Ecology and Evolution. (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3133)

Tovar, MO, Mechaly, AS, Hughes, LC, Campanella, D, Ortí, G, Canosa, LF, and Somoza, GM. 2017. Kisspeptin system in pejerrey fish (Odontesthes bonariensis): Characterization and gene expression pattern during early developmental stages. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A, 204:146-156.

Campanella, D, Hughes, LC, Bloom, D, Unmack, P, Piller, KR, and Ortí G. 2015. Fossil-Calibrated Phylogeny of the Atheriniformes (Teleostei: Ovalentaria). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 86: 8-26.

Hughes, LC, Foster, SA, and Baker JA. 2013. Can ecotypic differences in male courtship behaviour be explained by visual cues provided by female threespine stickleback? Evolutionary Ecology Research, 15(4): 437-541.

Classes Taught

Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules, Laboratory (BISC 1111)
Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms, Laboratory (BISC 1112) 

Guest Lecturer:
Molecular Systematics
Methods of Study in Evolution