University of Oregon

Craig Young

Director, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
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)


Mail:   Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
P.O. Box 5389
Charleston, OR 97420
Phone:   (541) 346-7274
Fax:   (541) 888-3250

Graduate Students


Caitlin Plowman, Ph.D. Candidate (

Caitlin Plowman is a Ph.D. student studying the various reproductive modes of deep-sea invertebrates.  Her dissertation research investigates the energy flow involved in the reproduction of cold-seep mussels. Caitlin completed a B.S. and M.S. degree in Marine Biology at the University of Oregon and OIMB in 2014 and 2017. During that time, she was able to participate in multiple deep sea research expeditions, as well as conduct research in Ireland, at Europe’s first marine reserve.


Lauren Rice, Ph.D. Candidate (

Lauren is a PhD candidate in the Young Lab at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and joined the lab in the Fall of 2018. Before starting the doctoral program at the University of Oregon, Lauren obtained her B.S. degree at the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences. During her studies she has participated in several research projects ranging in focus from aquaculture pest species to cold-water coral reproduction. Broadly, her interests focus on factors that influence invertebrate reproduction and species’ population connectivity. Her research in the Young lab aims to better understand how marine epibiosis can affect organismal reproductive patterns. She hopes that her research will elucidate a mechanism which enables this common ecological association to persist within marine communities.

Avery Calhoun, M.Sc. Student (


Sinja Rist, Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher(

Sinja Rist is a visiting Postdoc from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) working on the impacts of multiple stressors on marine meroplankton. Specifically, she is studying how the combination of pollution and climate change affects larvae. At OIMB, she will work with larvae from local coastal invertebrates and participate in a deep-sea research cruise. Sinja completed her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology in Germany in 2012 and 2015, after which she conducted her PhD at DTU on the interactions between microplastics and aquatic invertebrates.


Past Students

Kirstin Meyer, Ph.D.

kirstin with ROV

Kirstin Meyer is a PhD student working on the ecology of deep-sea dropstone communities. She began this work as a Fulbright Fellow at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany, an institution with which she continues to collaborate, and is now supported by an NSF graduate fellowship at OIMB. She will test hypotheses about community assembly and structure on several kinds of deep-water isolated substrata: dropstones from icebergs in the North Atlantic, dropstones from glaciers in a Norwegian Fjord, volcanic stones on the underwater slopes of Mauna Loa Volcano in Hawaii, and isolated stones in the Oregon subtidal zone.

Amy Burgess, Ph.D. Student

amy with mocness screen

Amy Burgess is a Ph.D. student with an interest in subtidal community ecology. Her dissertation explores the effects of large pacific waves and other water movements on benthic communities off Cape Arago, Oregon. She serves as a student representative on the boards of both ASLO (American Society of Limnology and Oceanography) and The Oceanography Society. Prior to coming to OIMB, Amy completed an undergraduate Biology degree at BYU and a M.S. (working on Dungeness crab biology) under Steve Sulkin at Western Washington University. Amy (shown here monitoring a deep plankton tow off Barbados) is a competent MOCNESS technician and is the main operator of OIMB’s Phantom ROV.

Mark Oates, M.S.

Mark Oates

After receiving my B.S. in both Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami, I decided to trade corals reefs for kelp forests and move west. I have harbored a passion for biology since my first year of high school and it didn’t take long for me to realize that I wanted to pursue a career in research. OIMB’s proximity to the coast and small community were exactly what I needed in a research institution. I have participated in research pertaining to wetland paleoecology, reef fish developmental ecology, and now bivalve reproductive biology. I am currently studying gametogenesis and spawning periodicity within Coos Bay populations of the Olympia oyster. My work is part of a collaborative effort to provide a clearer ecological/developmental understanding of an organism that has seen extensive and drastic population declines in the last century. Ultimately, my findings will contribute a body of knowledge used to inform restoration efforts across the west coast of North America. Update: Mark defended his thesis successfully in June, 2013 and is now living in the San Francisco Bay area.

Camen Theresa Sanchez-Reddick Cotrell, Honors Student

Carmen Sanchez-Reddick is an undergraduate student in Clark Honors
College who is working on her honors thesis under the direction of Craig
Young. She is using histology to explore a pattern of equatorial
submergence in the biogeography and reproduction of a subtidal ascidian
that is found from Alaska to California.

Dylan Cotrell, Honors Student

dylan cotrell

Dylan Cotrell is a student in the Clark Honors College who recently completed his honors thesis in the Young lab. His thesis characterized the rich bryozoan fauna found on deep cobbles and boulders off Cape Arago. Using scanning electron microscopy to illustrate and identify the bryozoan species, Dylan compiled a faunal list that included numerous range extensions and a new species.

Shannon Reiser, Honors student

shannon reiser

Shannon Reiser is an undergraduate student in Clark Honors College who is working on her honors thesis under the direction of Craig Young. She us using GoPro time-lapse video cameras to explore tidal and circadian rhythms of animals living in tidepools and shallow subtidal habitats.




Young Lab Alumni & Scrapbook


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.

Selected Publications

CMY Curriculum Vitae

CMY Google Scholar Profile


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SALT logo by Jessica Young. Copyright 2020








Lau Basin hydrothermal vent chimney covered in snails

The Stephen Low Company


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.

Additional Information

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. 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.
    Cruise Blog
    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.


  1. 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.
    Cruise Blog


  1. 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.