Martin Hughes

Martin is an aquatic scientist and the founder of Inspiring Ecology. 

He founded Inspiring Ecology in March 2015 to meet the demands of local schools requesting ecological fieldwork and practical lessons. 

He recently completed a PhD Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Glasgow, which was funded by a large EU project called IBIS.

IBIS was a partnership between the Loughs Agency, the University of Glasgow and Queen's University Belfast. It was an £8m cross-border project designed to help protect aquatic resources across Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.


By being part of the large project Martin presented his research to numerous stakeholders over the past 3 years in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Before this he graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2012 with an undergraduate degree in Marine & Freshwater biology. 

He spent time in the Red Sea studying coral reefs and has worked with the Argyll Fisheries Trust as a seasonal biologist.

Aside from being passionate about the environment, Martin is an advocate for food justice and mental health. He volunteers with with a number of charities including the Glasgow soup kitchen and Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR).

Recent research publications

Hughes, M. R., Hooker, O. E., Van Leeuwen, T. E., Kettle‐White, A., Thorne, A., Prodöhl, P., & Adams, C. E. (2018). Alternative routes to piscivory: Contrasting growth trajectories in brown trout (Salmo trutta) ecotypes exhibiting contrasting life history strategies. Ecology of Freshwater Fish.

Jacobs, A., Hughes, M. R., Robinson, P. C., Adams, C. E., & Elmer, K. R. (2018). The Genetic Architecture Underlying the Evolution of a Rare Piscivorous Life History Form in Brown Trout after Secondary Contact and Strong Introgression. Genes, 9(6).

Hughes, M.R., Van Leeuwen, T.E., Cunningham, P.D. and Adams, C.E., (2016). Parentally acquired differences in resource acquisition ability between brown trout from alternative life history parentage. Ecology of Freshwater Fish.

Hughes, M.R., Dodd, J.A., Maitland, P.S. and Adams, C.E., (2016). Lake bathymetry and species occurrence predict the distribution of a lacustrine apex predator. Journal of fish biology.

Van Leeuwen, T.E., Hughes, M.R., Dodd, J.A., Adams, C.E. and Metcalfe, N.B., (2015). Resource availability and life-history origin affect competitive behavior in territorial disputes. Behavioral Ecology, p.arv163.