Motte Rimrock Natural Reserve, poppy field, (c) UCR, Stan Lim 2019

Nigel Hughes C.V.







Date of Birth 25 March 1964

UK (EU) and USA


Dept. of Earth Sciences
University of California at Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone 951 827-3094
Fax 951 827-4324



B.Sc. (Honors) University of Durham, U.K., Geology, 1982-1985

Certificate of Proficiency


Visva-Bharati University, Bengali, 1985-1986
Santiniketan, West Bengal, India
Ph.D.* University of Bristol, U.K., Geology, 1986-1990

*The Upper Cambrian trilobite Dikelocephalus minnesotensis and its geological setting. Advisor: D.E.G. Briggs.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor in Paleontology, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. 1989 - 1990.
  • NERC (NATO) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Australia. 1990 - 1992.
  • Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington, D.C. U.S.A. 1992 - 1993.
  • Assistant Curator, Cincinnati Museum Center, U.S.A. 1993 - 1997.
  • Research Associate, Department of Paleobiology, Smithsonian Institution. 1994 -2006
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, U.S.A. December 1993 - 1997.
  • Associate Curator, Cincinnati Museum Center, U.S.A. 1997.
  • Research Associate, Cincinnati Museum Center. 1997 -
  • Associate Professor, University of California, Riverside. 1997 - 2003
  • Professor, University of California, Riverside. 2003 -
  • Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Organic and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. 2004-2005.
  • Cooperative Faculty Member - Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology Graduate Program. University of California, Riverside. 2005 -
  • NERC (NATO) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. $60,000. July 1990 - July 1992. Sole P.I. Faunas, paleogeography, and the early Paleozoic history of India.
  • Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship, Washington, D.C. $24,000. November 1992 - October 1993. Sole P.I. Morphological plasticity in trilobites and its evolutionary significance.
  • NSF Research Collections in Systematics and Ecology. $32,592. March 1996. Co-P.I. with Drs. W.A. Allmon, S. Lidgard, and D.S. Jones. A workshop: Management Guidelines and Computerization Standards for Invertebrate Paleontology.
  • NSF Research Collections in Systematics and Ecology. $238,609. April 1997. P.I. Integration of University of Cincinnati Invertebrate Paleontology Collections with Cincinnati Museum Center.
  • NSF Geology and Paleontology Program. EAR-9980426. $100,663. June 2000. P.I. The Neoproterozoic and Cambrian of the Tethyan Himalayan: a test of models of core Gondwana construction.
  • NSF Geology and Paleontology Program. EAR-9980372. $125,000. June 2000. Co. P.I. with Peter M. Sadler. Parsimony trees, best-fit fences, and consensus sequences: integrating cladistics and biostratigraphy at high-resolution.
  • National Geographic Society. NGS7293-02. $18,000. July 2002. P.I. Cambrian paleontology of Bhutan and its paleogeographic implications.
  • American Chemical Society, Petroleum Research Fund. PRF39915-AC8  $119,948. July 2003. P.I. Bridging the biotic - geologic divide: morphological evolution in the Ordovician trilobite Flexicalymene in its temporal, geographic, and phylogenetic context.
  • NASA Exobiology Program. USP-S-04-004, NNG05GA24G. $24,576. July 2004.  P.I. Symposium on Terminal Addition, Segmentation, and the Evolution of Metazoan Body Plan Regionalization.
  • NSF Geology and Paleontology Program. EAR-053868. $175,696. January 2006. P.I. Collaborative Research: Stratigraphic test of the tectonic assembly of equatorial peri-Gondwanaland: a Himalayan perspective.
  • NSF Geology and Paleontology Program. EAR-0616574. $198,000. June 2006. P.I. Collaborative Research: Segment development in select trilobite species - glimpses into the evolution of body organization in an early arthropod clade.
Research Interests:

My research program aims, using field- and specimen-based analyses, to provide high-resolution data which addresses major questions of evolutionary mechanism in the early Phanerozoic. By utilizing the strengths of the trilobite fossil record I am attempting to dissect the detailed anatomy of the lower Paleozoic evolutionary radiations of trilobites, and to understand the relationship between patterns of morphological variability and phylogenetic ancestry. Other research interests include lower Paleozoic paleogeography and tectonics (particularly the early Paleozoic history of India and the peri-Gondwana region), shape restoration of deformed fossils, trace fossil paleobiology, and clastic sedimentology/stratigraphy.

Invited Talks:
1987 University of Chicago
1988 American Museum of Natural History
University of Wisconsin, Madison 
Bath Geological Society
University of Bristol
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
University of Leeds
Trinity College, University of Dublin
1990 University of Cork
Jadavpur University, Calcutta
Presidency College, Calcutta
Visva-Bharati University, West Bengal
University of Lucknow
Queensland Museum

University of Cambridge
Trinity College, University of Dublin
University of Chicago
University of California, Riverside

1992 University of Queensland
University of Sydney
1993 Cincinnati Museum of Natural History
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Alberta, Edmonton
Paleontological Society of Washington, Smithsonian Institution
Harvard University
University of Cincinnati
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
1994 Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, DehraDun
Ohio State University, Columbus
1995 College of Wooster, Ohio
University of Cincinnati
Lyell Meeting, Geological Society of London
University of Southern California
Mt. St. Joseph's College, Cincinnati
Karlov University, Prague
Kenyon College, Ohio
1998 University of California, Los Angeles
GSA Cordilleran Section, Long Beach
1999 San Diego State University
California State University, Fullerton
2000 Scripps Institute of Marine Science, University of California
2001 Dept. of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago
Developmental Basis of Evolutionary Change meeting. Biosciences Division, University of Chicago
2002 University of California, Davis
Evolution of Development Annual Seminar, University of California, San Francisco
2003 Pomona College
University of Leicester
University of Padova
University of Montpellier II
Developmental Basis of Evolutionary Change meeting. Biosciences Division, University of Chicago
University of Iowa
2004 Evolution and Development Seminar Harvard University
Amherst College
Colorado College
2005 Seilacher Symposium, Yale University
2006 University of Chicago
Florida International University
California State University Long Beach
University of Cambridge, Evolution and Development Seminar Zoology Dept.
Crafoord Lecture, University of Tübingen
Venice Workshop on Evolutionary Developmental Biology Instituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere, ed Arti.
Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology
University of Dhaka (organized by British Council)
Jahangir Nagar University, Bangladesh (organized by British Council)
BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
University of Delhi
2007 Lyell Meeting invited speaker, Geological Society of London Karlov University, Prague, Czech Republic 
Evolution and Ecology seminar University of Wisconsin, Madison
Lewis G. Weeks lecture. University of Wisconsin, Madison.
University of California, Davis
2008 Fossil Ontogeny Keynote speaker. European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Ghent, Belgium.


Professional Service:
  • 1992 Session chair, Patterns of Evolution, GSA Annual Meeting, Cincinnati
  • 1994 Session chair, Paleontology/Paleobotany, GSA Annual Meeting, Seattle
  • 1995 Session chair, Ordovician faunas: diversity, ecology, and extinction. 7th International Ordovician Meeting, Las Vegas
  • 1995-97 Member of Joint Technical Program Committee of GSA
  • 1995-97 Member of Paleontological Society's Committee on Collections
  • 1995-96  Coordinator of Paleontological Society's Fossil Festival, Cincinnati
  • 1996-    Co P.I. and organizer of national NSF workshop on curatorial standards and databases in invertebrate paleontology, Washington D.C.
  • 1997 Panel member. Biotic Surveys and Inventories program. National Science Foundation.
  • 1997 Panel member. Research Collections in Systematics and Ecology program. National Science Foundation.
  • 1997-    Paleontological Society's Distinguished Speaker Program.
  • 1997 Committee Member, 2nd International Conference on Trilobites, St.  Catherines, Ontario.
  • 1998-2000 Member, Student Grants Committee, Paleontological Society
  • 1998-2002 Technical Editor, Journal of Paleontology.
  • 1999-2001 Councilor-at-large (under 40), Paleontological Society
  • 2003-2005 Committee Member, Strimple Award, Paleontological Society
  • 2004-    Member, Editorial Board, Systematic Biology
  • 2005-    Instructor, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Analytical Paleobiology Workshop, Summer 2005, Santa Barbara.
  • 2005 Editor Evolution & Development issue of "Metazoan terminal addition and the evolution of metazoan body organization", resulting from SICB symposium on the same topic held in San Diego in Jan 2005.
  • 2006 Group leader, working group on graduate funding student opportunities, NSF workshop in Future Research Directions in Paleontology. May 2006.
Field Work:

Western and mid-continent United States, Australia, Kazakhstan, Indian Himalaya, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, southwestern China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Britain, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Iceland.



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