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 20 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.
Students and postdocs in the laboratory are currently working
on mussel recruitment and survival, the ecology of deep-sea corals,
population genetics of ascidians, embryology of deep-sea molluscs
and the feeding and reproduction of hexactinellid sponges. 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.
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
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.
His appointment as the new director of the Oregon Institute of
Marine Biology began in June of 2002. He has published more than
120 scientific papers and has edited several books, the most recent
being Atlas of Marine Invertebrate Larvae (Academic Press, 2002).
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 NSF Ridge-2000
Steering Committee, as a member of the board of directors of the
Pacific Institutes of Marine Science, and as a member of the steering
committee for CHESS, the chemosynthetic ecosystems program of
the Census of Marine Life.