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James Hughes

James Hughes

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


James Hughes has extensive experience in Project Management to include, planning, costing, implementing, and reporting of large government funded contracts. As part of EED, he has led field research projects focused on complex hydropower challenges in the Pacific Northwest, as well as National Security programs focused on domestic border security. Through his tenure at PNNL, James has led many internal interdisciplinary teams that involved software, electrical, mechanical, and computer engineers, biologists, geospatial analysts, and statisticians; externally, he has collaborated with clients within the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. He has also been lead author of 2 peer-reviewed publications, 10 technical reports, and 14 professional presentations.

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., Biological Sciences, Washington State University
  • M.S., Engineering and Technology Management, Washington State University

PNNL Publications


  • Fischer E.S., S.E. Blackburn, S.A. Liss, J.S. Hughes, H. Li, and Z. Deng. 2019. "How Small Can We Go? Evaluating Survival, Tag Retention, and Growth of Juvenile Chinook Salmon Implanted with a New Acoustic Microtag." North American Journal of Fisheries Management 39, no. 6:1329-1336. PNNL-SA-144456. doi:10.1002/nafm.10367


  • Deng Z., J.J. Martinez, H. Li, R.A. Harnish, C.M. Woodley, J.S. Hughes, and X. Li, et al. 2017. "Comparing the survival rate of juvenile Chinook salmon migrating through hydropower systems using injectable and surgical acoustic transmitters." Scientific Reports 7. PNNL-SA-113136. doi:10.1038/srep42999


  • Bellgraph B.J., D. Holecek, F.A. Goetz, J.S. Hughes, R.A. Harnish, J.A. Vazquez, and E.D. Green. 2015. Study Plan Alternatives to Evaluate Fish Entrainment at Albeni Falls Dam. PNNL-23950. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Study Plan Alternatives to Evaluate Fish Entrainment at Albeni Falls Dam
  • Li X., Z. Deng, J.J. Martinez, T. Fu, P.S. Titzler, J.S. Hughes, and M.A. Weiland, et al. 2015. "Three-Dimensional Tracking of Juvenile Salmon at Mid-Reach Location between Dams." Fisheries Research 167. PNWD-SA-10404. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2015.01.018









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