Institute of Integrative Biology
Iain Young gained his PhD in Zoology/Biomechanics from the University of Leeds, then held research positions at the University of Pennsylvania and the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, USA before joining the University of Liverpool in 2002. His research has a focus on the growth and development of fish and other aquatic animals and particularly how the impact of environment, husbandry practices, nutrition and diet on fish yield and quality, to improve sustainability of production, minimise environmental impact and improve welfare.
Iain Young employs cross-disciplinary approaches to address challenges faced by the aquaculture sector; working closely with industry to develop new approaches and new technologies and delivering R&D projects (EU, BBSRC, TSB/Innovate UK) as diverse as novel sensor development for water quality measurement, anaerobic digestion of fish and agriculture waste, new and more sustainable protein sources for fish feed, smart fish monitoring and advanced water treatment technologies. We also use these approaches in work with third sector organisations and social enterprises to promote local food production, urban farming and healthy eating. Iain is a non-executive director of Farm Urban – a social enterprise providing education, skills and technology to bring communities together and encourage sustainable urban living and two other technology spin-out companies developing aquaculture sensor technologies.