Select Publications

  • Young, G., Lokman, P.M., Kusakabe, M., Nakamura, I. and Goetz F.W. Gonadal steroidogenesis in teleost fish.  In Molecular Aspects of Fish and Marine Biology (C. Hew series ed.), volume 2: Hormones and their receptors in fish reproduction (N. Sherwood and P. Melamed eds), pp. 155-223. World Scientific Press, Singapore (2005)
  • Lubzens, E., Young, G., Bobe, J. and Cerdà, J. Oogenesis in teleosts: how fish eggs are formed. General and Comparative Endocrinology 165:367-389 (2010)
  • Miura, C., Shimizu, Y., Uehara, M., Ozaki, Y., Young, G., Miura, T. Gh is produced by the testis of Japanese eel and stimulates proliferation of spermatogonia. Reproduction 142: 869–877 (2011)
  • Yamamoto, Y., Luckenbach, A.J., Goetz, F.W., Young, G., and Swanson, P. 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 (2011)
  • Forsgren, K.L. and Young, G. 2012. 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 Reproduction87: 1-14(2012)
  • Shibata, Y., Iwamatsue, T., Suzuki, N., Young, G., Naruse, K., Nagahama, Y. and Yoshikuni, M. An oocyte-specific astacin family protease, alveolin, is released from cortical granules to trigger egg envelope hardening during fertilization in medaka (Oryzias latipes). Developmental Biology 372: 239-248 (2012).
  • Baker M.R, Swanson, P. and Young, G.  Injuries from non-retention in gillnet fisheries suppress reproductive maturation in escaped fish. PLOS One: 8(7) e69615 (2013).
  • Harding, L.B., Schultz, I.R., Goetz, G.W., Luckenbach, J.A., Young, G., Goetz, F.W., 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 (2013)


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My 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 male and female germ cell development, and the regulation of expression of reproduction-related genes. We have begun several lines of research into the effects of endocrine-disrupting contaminants on salmonid fishes. We are also undertaking studies that may ultimately result in the ability to measure physiological variables in migrating fish through data gathering via PIT tags.

My lab also conducts work related to aquaculture. We have worked with industry on accelerating and synchronizing maturation in salmonids, investigated induced maturation/spawning protocols for eels and assessed growth and reproduction in the several fish candidate fish species for aquaculture. In addition to my SAFS faculty position, I am also Executive Director of the Western Regional Aquaculture Center (WRAC), which is hosted by SAFS. WRAC is funded by the USDA and supports multi-state research into sustainable aquaculture in the 12 states of the western region.