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, shortly, for the spring quarter. Stay tuned!



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Recent Publications

View recent publications of Young Lab Members here or go to our Publications tabs for more.

Graduate Student Ruby Harris-Gavin reflects on Ireland's changing landscapes, particularly the loss of native forest stands to replacement forestry plantations.
Dr. Young is a co-author in a newly published article exploring how vector borne disease has impacted human history and its interaction with social factors (especially racism) out this week in Ecology Letters.
Former lab member Ben Teton is the lead author on a feral pig population study that took place in the Central Valley, CA. Dr. Young is a co-author.
PhD candidate Ana Miller-ter Kuile is the first author on a paper in Biotropica from her work on the Palmyra Atoll. Other authors include graduate students Devyn Orr and Maggie Klope, former undergraduate researcher Carina Motta, and Dr. Young.