White Bar
Taylor Building Winter


University Forums will be held at 2 p.m. in the Taylor Chapel.


A question-and-answer session is held at 3 p.m.

University Forum

Thursday, October 16, 2014


2 p.m.

Taylor Chapel


Craig M. Young

Professor of Biology & Director of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, University of Oregon


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“Lessons for Life

from the Depths of the Sea”

 Craig M. Young is a Professor of Biology at the University of Oregon and the director of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, a beautiful marine lab campus on the Oregon Coast. He grew up in California, where he discovered tide pools and science books at an early age. Following an LDS mission in southern Italy, he studied at Stanford University and the University of Washington, received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University, and completed a Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Alberta.


He has held faculty positions at Florida State University and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution as well as adjunct academic appointments at Florida Institute of Technology, King’s College London, and Florida Atlantic University.


Professor Young’s main field of interest is the reproduction, life-history biology, and embryology of invertebrate animals, particularly those living in the deep sea. This research has been supported continuously by the National Science Foundation for more than thirty years. He has visited the deep-sea floor dozens of times in eight different submersibles. His work takes him to marine laboratories and universities throughout the world, and he has led more than eighty research expeditions in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.


He has published more than two-hundred papers in scientific journals, has served as editor of twelve books, and has worked as an advisor on documentary films for the BBC Natural History Unit, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic.  He currently serves as the Editor in Chief of Marine Ecology, which is the world’s oldest scientific journal focused on marine biology.  Professor Young has a strong interest in the history of science and has published several articles in this field.  He received the 2009 Honored Alumnus Award from the College of Life Sciences at BYU, the 2011 Research Innovation Award from the University of Oregon, and is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  


Dr. Young and his wife Robyn have four children and three grandchildren.