Plants, Soils and Climate
PhD, Soil Science, University of California, Davis, California, 2007
MS, Plant Science, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 2000
BS, Horticulture, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, 1999
Agro-ecology, invasive plant species, sustainable agriculture
The focus of Dr. Young's research is to address the why and how questions related to improving management practices of natural and agro- ecosystems. His primary interest is invasive plants, but similar lines of research could be applied to challenges in the associated fields of entomology, plant pathology, soil microbiology, restoration ecology, agronomy, animal science, and many more. By developing management approaches that account for disturbances and integrate multiple tools and practices, environmental and human health can be sustained over the long-term along with profitability. His ultimate goal is to provide science-based information that people can use to understand how to better manage systems and think critically about the techniques and practices, which need to protect the land and support livelihoods both now and in the future.