Claire Hughes joined York in 2011 from the University of East Anglia where she gained her PhD and then worked as a post-doctoral research associate focussing on marine biogeochemistry in polar regions. Claire also holds an MSc in ‘Chemical Oceanography’ from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia (Canada), and a BSc (hons) in ‘Marine Biology’ (first class) from the University of Newcastle. Claire transferred to a teaching and scholarship contract in 2020 to follow her passion for learning and teaching. She was promoted to Professor (Teaching and Scholarship) in 2021.
Claire is currently Director of Learning and Teaching and Deputy Head of Department (Teaching) in the Department of Environment and Geography at York. She is also currently Director of Education for the Environmental Sustainability Academy at York (ESAY). ESAY is a £1.3 million initiative that aims to cohere and boost environmental sustainability teaching, research and operations at the University of York.
Claire is a member of University Teaching Committee (UTC). She was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award in 2016, Making the Difference award in 2017 and University Rewarding Excellence award in 2020 in recognition of her excellent leadership in learning and teaching.
Wadley, M., Stevens, D.P., Jickells, T.J., Hughes, C., Chance, R., Carpenter, L.J. (2020) Modelling iodine in the ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 34 (9), doi.org/10.1029/2019GB006467
Carpenter, L.J., Chance, R., Sherwen, T., Adams, T.J., Ball, S.M., Evans, M.J., Hepach, H., Hollis, L.D.J., Hughes, C., Jickells, T.D., Tinel, L., Stevens, D.P., Wadley, M.R., Mahajan, A. (2021) Marine iodine emissions in a changing world. Proceedings of the Royal Society A 477, doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2020.0824
Hughes, C., Barton, E., Hepach, H., Chance, R., Pickering, M., Hogg, K., Wadley, M., Stevens, D. and Jickells, T.D. (2021) Iodate production in cultures of marine ammonia-oxidising bacteria: implications for future inorganic iodine distributions in the oceans. Marine Chemistry 234, doi.org/10.1016/j.marchem.2021.104000
Selected projects in marine science:
2007-2008: Malin, G., C. Hughes, M. Martino, P.S. Liss, P. Nightingale, T. Smyth & S. Archer, ‘Investigation of the Near-Surface Production of Iodocarbons: Rates and Exchanges (INSPIRE)’, NERC UK Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (UK SOLAS), £132,419
2008-2011: Liss, P.S., C. Hughes, G. Malin, A. Clarke, R. von Glasow & S. Turner ,‘The production of ozone-depleting bromocarbon trace gases in near-shore Antarctic Waters’, NERC Antarctic Funding Initiative (AFI), £444,077
2012-2015: Hughes, C. ‘The physiological and ecological roles of volatile halogen production by marine diatoms’, NERC New Investigators, £99,524
2016-2019: Carpenter, L.J., C. Hughes & M. Evans (York); S. Ball (Leicester); T. Jickells & D. Stevens (UEA). ‘Iodide in the ocean: distribution and impact on iodine production and ozone loss’, NERC standard grant. £700k
2010: Awarded a prestigious Challenger Society for Marine Science Fellowship in recognition of her work in marine biogeochemistry
2014-present: Volunteer Director for the ‘Yorkshire Energy Doctor’ which is an award-winning grant-funded, not-for-profit organisation which gives free advice and support to people in or at risk of fuel poverty, and free training to staff in frontline organisations in providing energy advice
2020-2021: Academic lead for the first York-Maastricht Partnership (YMP) MSc programme in ‘Sustainable Business: Leadership, Innovation and Management’