Graham Young

  • Professor, SAFS
  • Executive Director, Western Regional Aquaculture Center

Research areas

My research interests are in the fundamental regulatory mechanisms driving reproduction, developmental processes such as the salmonid parr-smolt transformation and eel metamorphosis, and the stress response. A major focus of my current research is on reproduction of teleost fishes, largely targeting the role of hormones in female germ cell development, using a variety of techniques including transcriptomics. The tools and knowledge developed in these studies are being used in projects focused on how environmental contaminants, especially the “chemicals of emerging concern” (e.g., pharmaceuticals, personal care products), impact growth and reproductive processes in fish.

My group also conducts work related to aquaculture, including methods to diagnose and overcome reproductive dysfunction in captive fish and assessing growth and reproduction in the several fish candidate fish species for aquaculture. A large collaborative effort with NOAA and industry partners to develop culture of sablefish (black cod is underway. I am also Executive Director of the Western Regional Aquaculture Center (WRAC), which is hosted by SAFS. WRAC is funded by the USDA-NIFA and supports multi-state research into sustainable aquaculture in the 12 states of the western region.

Other appointments: Adjunct Professor, Center for Reproductive Biology, Washington State University


Areas of Expertise

  • Fish reproduction
  • Fish physiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Aquaculture
  • Environmental toxicology

Community Engagement and Leadership

Advisory Boards

  • Member of Steering Committee, Reproductive Biology in Aquaculture Program of the International Union of Biological Sciences
  • National Coordinating Committee, Regional Aquaculture Center Program, USDA-NIFA

Selected publications

  • 2013. M.R. Baker; P. Swanson; G. Young. Injuries from non-retention in gillnet fisheries suppress reproductive maturation in escaped fish. PLoS ONE: 8(7) e69615. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0069615

  • 2013. Harding, L.B., Schultz, I.R., Goetz G.W., Luckenbach, J.A., Young, G., Goetz, F.W., and Swanson, P. High-throughput sequencing and pathway analysis reveal alteration of the pituitary transcriptome by 17a-ethynylestradiol (EE2) in female coho salmon, Oncorhynchus kisutch. Aquatic Toxicology 142-143: 146-163. doi: 10.1016/j.aquatox.2013.07.020

  • 2012. K.L. Forsgren; G. Young. Stage-specific effects of androgens and estradiol-17b on the development of late primary and early secondary ovarian follicles of coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in vitro. Biology of Reproduction 87: 1-14. doi: 10.1095/ biolreprod.111.098772

  • 2011. Y. Yamamoto; A.J. Luckenbach; F.W. Goetz; G. Young; P. Swanson. Disruption of the salmon reproductive endocrine axis through prolonged nutritional stress: changes in circulating hormone levels and transcripts for ovarian genes involved in steroidogenesis and apoptosis. General and Comparative Endocrinology 172: 331-343. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2011.03.017

  • 2010. E. Lubzens; G. Young; J. Bobe, and Cerdà, J. Oogenesis in teleosts: how eggs are formed. General and Comparative Endocrinology 165:367-389. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2009.05.022