Young is the Science Coordinator for the NOAA RESTORE Science Program. The Science Program is an applied ecosystem sciences program focused on the Gulf of Mexico. It is a cross-NOAA program administratively housed in NCCOS.
Young is a geochemist with research experience working on groundwater-surface water interactions in coastal systems. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida before becoming a National Academies of Sciences Gulf Research Program Science Policy fellow working with the NOAA RESTORE Science Program.
Young has a BS in Geology from Tulane University and a Ph.D. in Geosciences from Stony Brook University.