John Hutchens

John J. Hutchens Jr.

Professor, Biology/Department Chair

Phone: 843-349-2169 Email: Office Hours:



Ph.D., University of Georgia, Ecology
M.S., Virginia Tech, Biology
B.S., Virginia Tech, Biology

Personal webpage

Research and Teaching Interests

I am an aquatic ecologist interested in the structure and function of stream and wetland ecosystems. I am especially interested in how human activity influences aquatic ecosystems, and typically focus on benthic macroinvertebrates and ecosystem processes in freshwater streams and wetlands, and salt marshes.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecology of streams and wetlands
  • Benthic macroinvertebrate ecology
  • Diets of carnivorous plants

Recent Publications

Bush, B.M., J.J Hutchens, V. Gulis and K.S. Godwin. 2017. Impact of macroconsumers on leaf breakdown and detritivores in wetlands on a Southeastern US Coastal Plain floodplain during drought. Wetlands 37:1169-1179.

Hutchens, J.J. and J.O. Luken. 2015. Prey capture success by established and introduced populations of the Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula). Ecological Restoration 33:171-177.

Barker, J.E., J.J. Hutchens and J.O. Luken. 2014. Macroinvertebrates associated with water hyacinth roots and a root analogue. Freshwater Science 33:159-167.

Noe, Z., J. Jackson, J.J. Hutchens, K. Walters, J.O. Luken and K.S. Godwin. 2014. Effects of shoreline development on composition and physical structure of plants in a South Carolina high marsh. Estuaries and Coasts 37:56-66.