Professor Iain Young
Professor Young is a biophysicist who works at the interface of physics and biology, using soil as a model system to examine functionality in complex porous media over space and time.
Before joining the University of Sydney, as the inaugural head of the University’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences in 2016, Professor Young spent six years as a head of school at the University of New England, following extensive experience leading major research groups in his native country of Scotland.
Professor Young took a Bachelor of Science with honours and a PhD in soil physics at the University of Aberdeen before commencing his academic career at the Scottish Crop Research Institute.
His academic work crosses the boundaries of modelling and experimentation and he is known internationally in these areas, particularly in the functional quantification of the 3D architecture of soil and how the spatio-temporal processes of such complex structures impact on microbial and plant life and vice-versa.