Brad Hughes

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Senate Faculty, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences

Affiliated Faculty, Education
School of Education

Affiliated Faculty, Drama
Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Senior Fellow, Science, Education and Media, Aquarium Of the Pacific

Director, ESCAPE Program


Phone: (949) 824-2359

University of California, Irvine
301 Steinhaus Hall (Office)
Mail Code: 2525
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Evolutionary Psychology, Social Evolution and Ecology, Educational Innovations, Interdisciplinary STEAM Education, Experimental Evolution
Research Abstract
Brad Hughes, Ph.D., fills an interdisciplinary role on campus, developing integrative innovations across fields of Evolution, Ecology, Psychology, Anthropology, Arts, Education and Media Production, while appointed as a senate faculty member in the School of Biological Sciences, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and the School of Education.

Dr. Hughes leverages his interdisciplinarity to address transpersonal challenges of modern life through applications of evolutionary psychology to developing healthy individuals and supportive leaders within organizational ecosystems. His methods include a variety of approaches from affective storytelling through digital media and metacognitive systems analysis, to adaptive meditation, natural somatic exercise, and social coaching.

Some of Dr. Hughes’ University of California courses taught include: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Psychology, Advanced Pedagogical Design, Research Methods for STEM Educators, Communicating Research Through Video, Microbial Experimental Evolution, Physiology Laboratory, Life-Sciencing, Documenting Research Through Cinematic Production, Complex Pedagogical Design, Teaching Science Through the Arts for Elementary Teachers.

Dr. Hughes’ scholarly interests also include: Interdisciplinary STEM and Arts integration for STEAM Education; Media production connecting research to the public; Synthesis of evolutionary psychology and anthropological research applied to modern-day sociological phenomenon, such as evolution of social differences between sexes, in-group/out-group political bias, and adversarial cultural dynamics; Transforming education to incorporate interactive online training; Integrating multimedia-based storytelling; Designing meaningful education for students from all backgrounds; Developing methods of educational innovations to rescue a fiscally challenged system with a more sustainable, engaging and affordable learning paradigm.
Xu, J. Z., Graham, N., Gaines, S. E., & Hughes, B. S. (2016). A Proposed Protocol of Multimedia Optimized Production for STEAM E-Learning. Book Chapter: Revolutionizing Education through Web-Based Instruction, IGI Global. 72-91.
Gallet R., Y. Latour, B.S. Hughes, and T. Lenormand. 2014. The Dynamics Of Niche Evolution Upon Abrupt Environmental Change. Evolution doi:10.1111/evo.12359
Albert F. Bennett and Bradley S Hughes. 2009. Microbial Experimental Evolution. Am J Physiol Regulatory Integrative Comp Physiol 297:17-25
Hughes B.S. 2008. Evolutionary patterns of Escherichia coli growth in seawater determined with a Host To Coast Environmental Laboratory Analog. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 53:243-255
Hughes B.S., A.J. Cullum, and A.F. Bennett. 2007. Evolutionary adaptation to environmental pH in experimental lineages of Escherichia coli. Evolution 61:1725-1734
Hughes B.S., A.J. Cullum, and A.F. Bennett. 2007. An experimental evolutionary study on adaptation to temporally fluctuating pH in Escherichia coli. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 80:406-421
NSF Grant #0748903, Experimental Evolutionary Studies of Temperature (2008-2012) Adaptation: Researcher and Educational Institute Coordinator, $900,000
NMSI UTeach Grant #42818, National Math and Science Initiative (2008-2013) Replication of UTeach: Co-Director $2,400,000
NSF Grant #0723288, Flow sensing in the Lateral Line System of Zebrafish Larvae (2007-2010): Co-PI, $186,829
NSF GK-12 Grant #063875, Innovating Graduate and K-12 Education in Biological Sciences (2007-2012): Lecturer, Summer Institute Instructor, $2,200,000
NSF Grant 0934928, UCI Cal Teach Noyce Summer Intern & Scholarships (2009-2016): PI & Director $900,000
NSF Grant 1031783, Collaborative Research: Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Cyanophages (2010-2013): Co-PI $813,207
ITQ Grant ITQ-10-710, Improving Teacher Quality (2010-2014): PI & Media Director $1,101,427
NSF Grant #DRL-1321343, ESCAPE: Equitable Science Curriculum Integrating Arts in Public Education (2013-2019): PI and Media Director, $6,430,103
NSF Grant #1332740, Collaborative proposal: Cyanophage-Synechococcus interactions in complex communities (2013-2016): Co-PI $823,576
Professional Societies
National Association for Research in Science Teaching
American Educational Researchers Association
Association of American Geographers
The Society for the Study of Evolution
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