Professor, University of Oregon
B.S., Zoology, Brigham Young University (1975)
M.S., Zoology, Brigham Young University (1978)
Ph.D., Zoology, University of Alberta (1982)
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Caitlin Plowman, Ph.D. Candidate (email@example.com)
Lauren Rice, Ph.D. Candidate (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Kirstin Meyer, Ph.D.
Amy Burgess, Ph.D. Student
Mark Oates, M.S.
Dylan Cotrell, Honors Student
Shannon Reiser, Honors student
BI 457/557 DEEP-SEA BIOLOGY (5 quarter credits)
This course is an overview of the organisms, habitats and ecological processes occurring in deep-water systems on the continental shelf and slope, submarine canyons, seamounts, abyssal plains, methane seeps, hydrothermal vents and hadal trenches. Laboratory activities and field trips will strongly supplement lecture material and assigned reading; fieldwork and projects will involve the collection and analysis of offshore trawl, dredge, core, ROV and camera sled data.
Craig Young received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta in 1982. After three years 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, while holding adjunct appointments at Florida Institute of Technology, Kings College London and Florida Atlantic University. He has directed the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology since 2002. Young’s publication list numbers more than 200, including scientific papers as well as edited books. He served a ten-year term as an editor of the book series Advances in Marine Biology and currently is the editor in chief of Marine Ecology (formerly Publicazzioni della Stazione Zoologica di Napoli), the oldest continuously published journal in marine science. Within Oregon, Young serves as a member of the management commission for the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, as a member of the citizens advisory committee for Oregon Sea Grant, and as a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee on marine issues.
The Young 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, they routinely use manned submersibles and underwater robots (Remotely Operated Vehicles) deployed from large ocean-going vessels. Over the past 30 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. 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. Currently, the lab is involved in three large collaborative grants:
- 1. Seep Animal Larval Transport (SALT)
A collaboration with Dave Eggleston and Roy He at North Carolina State University and Shawn Arellano at Western Washington University.
This project aims to explore how ontogenetic migration, larval retention, dispersal depth, and planktonic larval duration interact with water currents to influence known patterns of phylogeographic and biogeographic structure in methane seeps on two sides of one of the most extensively studied biogeographic barriers in the world, the Florida peninsula.
Alvin Dive Videos
The SALT grant was preceeded by two other grants in similar areas: one to explore larval and genetic connectivity of cold-seep organisms in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Northwest Atlantic, and one to explore the hard bottom communities in submarine canyons off the eastern U.S.
- 2. Lau Basin Vent Symbiosis
A collaboration with Roxanne Beinart at the University of Rhode Island and Shawn Arellano at Western Washington University.
This project aims to 1) assess the larval supply and population structure of symbiotic vent snails, 2) investigate the developmental timing of symbiont acquisition, and 3) quantify the availability of free-living symbionts in the environment to arriving larvae.
- 3. Born in the Abyss IMAX film
A collaboration between The Stephen Low Company (producers and distributors of the giant screen experience), the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (University of Oregon), and other leading science and technology collaborators, including the National Deep Submergence Facility at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution that operates Alvin.
The mission is to plunge audiences into some of the most remote, visually unique, scientifically and ecologically significant, and biologically diverse environments on Earth. Filmed in 3D for IMAX® and other giant screens and backed by a comprehensive VR-enabled communications effort and companion STEM learning program, Born in the Abyss will deliver ground-breaking deep ocean science in the most fully immersive and visually stunning ocean audience experience yet produced.