Hillary at Palmyra

Welcome to the Young Lab

Research in our lab lies at the intersection of community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and conservation biology. Specifically, we focus on understanding the effects of wildlife loss and human disturbance on community structure and ecosystem function. Recent work has focused mainly on the effects of wildlife loss on human health and well-being. We work at local and global scales and use a range of observational, experimental, and meta-analytical approaches. For opportunities in our lab, please look under the Join Us tab. 


Lab meetings

Lab meetings for the Winter quarter are on Tuesdays from 10am to 11am in Noble Hall, room 1231. All are welcome to attend.  



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Recent Publications

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PI Hillary Young was involved in a study that examined how prevalent prospecting is among several seabird species. The authors suspect that this behavior will be important in better predicting the seabirds' response to environmental changes.
Former staff member Ana Sofia Guerra explores how the ecological function of a shoaling surgeonfish may differ from that of solitary conspecifics on two Pacific coral reefs.
Western Gulls are generalists known to forage on human refuse. This paper, led by Ana Sofia Guerra, sought to explore how this type of foraging may change nutrient deposition patterns at the gulls' feeding sites on the Channel Islands.
PI Hillary Young was involved in a large effort to determine if Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are aiding in the conservation of marine megafauna, or if more protections are needed.