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 particularly on effects of wildlife loss on human health and well-being. We work at both local and global scales, and use a range of observational, experimental, and meta-analytical approaches. Please look under the Locations tab to find more detail on our research locations. 


Lab meetings

A Lab Meeting Schedule will be announced as we get closer to the Fall quarter.



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Recent Publications

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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.
Post-doc researcher John McLaughlin studied the post-fire effects on plant and animal communities following the King Fire, a megafire that occurred in the Eldorado National Forest. He created food webs in this study "to explore community responses to fire severity across trophic levels."
With the frequency of "mega-fires" on the rise, former graduate student Kate Culhane examined what happens to small mammal communities in the aftermath of fires with varying severity.
Former grad student Ana Miller-ter Kuile authored a paper in which she looked to see if predator traits influenced predator-prey interactions in invertebrates.
Former graduate student Devyn Orr created a field experiment to discover if or how large herbivores impact plant communities.
Former grad student and current post-doc Georgia Titcomb researched the effects of limited watering holes in Africa. Her paper asks the question, "Do water sources concentrate hosts, feces, and fecal–oral parasites across herbivore species?"
Former grad student and current post-doc Georgia Titcomb studied parasite-sharing patterns among large herbivores in Central Kenya.