Research Interests

Craig Young’s lab focuses on the reproduction and early life history stages (embryos and larvae) of marine invertebrates, particularly those that live in the deep sea. To obtain access to animals living up to two miles beneath the surface, he routinely uses manned submersibles and underwater robots (Remotely Operated Vehicles) deployed from large ocean-going vessels. Over the past 32 years, Craig and his students have made hundreds of dives to the sea floor in 8 different submersibles and have worked at many marine laboratories in Europe, Asia, North America, Antarctica and Australia. Currently, they are investigating the reproduction of mussels and giant tube worms living at cold methane seeps near oil drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, and at hydrothermal vents found in areas of underwater volcanic activity in the eastern Pacific.  In recent years, students and postdocs in the laboratory have worked deep-sea  mussel recruitment and survival, the ecology of deep-sea corals, population genetics of ascidians, embryology of deep-sea molluscs and echinoderms, parasitic copepods in nudibranchs, parasitic nemerteans in crabs, intertidal gastropod reproduction,  feeding and reproduction of hexactinellid sponges, embryology of whale-bone eating “zombie worms,” and deep-sea larval feeding.  Members of the Young lab have worked on most groups of marine invertebrates, though there has been special interest in echinoderms, ascidians, siboglinid tubeworms and sponges.  Craig also has a strong interest in the history of Marine Biology and Oceanography, and has published a number of articles in this field. 

Brief CMY Biography

Craig Young received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University in 1975 and 1978, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta in 1982.  As a student, he spent several summers taking courses at Friday Harbor Laboratories (University of Washington) and Hopkins Marine Station (Stanford University).  After a short 3-year stint on the faculty at Florida State University, he moved to Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Florida, where he worked as a research scientist and professor for 17 years. He was appointed as director of the University of Oregon’s Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in  June of 2002. He has published more than 160 scientific papers and has edited several books, including Atlas of Marine Invertebrate Larvae (Academic Press, 2002; 2007). Professor Young currently serves as an Honorary Fellow at the Southampton Oceanography Center in the U.K., as Visiting Professor of Biology at Kings College London, as a member of the board of directors of the Pacific Institutes of Marine Science, as a member of the UNOLS Deep Submergence Science Committee (DESSC), and as a member of the steering committee for CHESS, the chemosynthetic ecosystems program of the Census of Marine Life.  Within the state of Oregon, Dr. Young serves as a member of the Scentific and Technical Steering Committee (STAC) of the governor’s Ocean Policy Advisory Board (OPAC), as a member of the management commission of the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and as a member of the Oregon Nearshore Task Force.   He was recently honored as the 2009 B.Y.U. College of Life Science Honored Alumnus.   He participated in the 2005 discovery of “Eel City” on a Vailulu’u Seamount off American Samoa, work recognized by Discover Magazine (below) as one of the top 100 sceintific discoveries of the year.