1. Evan Palmer-Young
Current Address: Fernald Hall 102F. University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA 01003.
Permanent Address: 32 Harrison Dr. Larchmont, NY 10538 (203) 877-1824
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Webpage: http://www.bio.umass.edu/oeb/students/evan-palmer-young
B.S. (Magna cum Laude) in Biology: Neurobiology and Behavior (Cornell University) May 2009.
Cornell GPA: 3.94 5 semesters Grinnell College; 3.84 GPA
GRE V 770 (95%), Q 770 (88%), W 5.5 (90%); SAT: 800M/800V
--2011-: PhD student, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Entomology and Organismic &Evolutionary
Biology joint degree program. How does diet affect bumble bee resistance to the parasite Crithidia bombi?
--2009-10: Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (Jena, Germany) visiting student: Does ectopic (E)-ß-
farnesene protect Nicotiana attenuata from oxidative stress? Screened and characterized wild tobacco
(Nicotiana attenuata) genotypes transformed with maize terpene synthases; tested whether sesquiterpene
production enhanced tolerance to ozone, drought, and UV-B treatments.
--2009: Cornell University Plantation Tang Natural Areas Research summer intern: Conducted survey of
hemlock woolly adelgid infestation on campus trees; assessed influence of deer browsing on plant communities.
--2008 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, Institute of Ecosystem Studies (Millbrook, NY).
Conducted investigation of nitrate reduction in Onondaga Lake (Syracuse, NY).
Academic Honors, Awards, & Grants:
Graduate: National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant ($20,375) (2015)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellowship ($96,000) (2011-16)
Garden Club of America Centennial Pollinator Fellowship ($4500) (2014)
UMass Amherst University Fellowship, UMass Amherst Graduate School (2011)
UMass Amherst Graduate School Dissertation Research Grant ($1000) (2014)
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Dept Research Grant ($1000 each, 2012 & '13)
Undergraduate: Cornell University Dean’s List: Fall 2007, Spring and Fall 2008, Spring 2009
Grinnell College Dean’s List: Spring and Fall 2006, Fall 2007
Grinnell College Trustee Honor Scholarship (2004-'07)
Graduate and Salutatorian of Mamaroneck High School Class of 2004
Awarded Rensselaer Medal for achievement in Science, Engineering & Mathematics (2004)
Winner of National Merit Scholarship (2004)
National Honor Society Inductee (2004)
Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Chinese (2003 and ’04), Physics C (2004), and English (2004)
AP Scholar with Distinction (2004)
(5) Biller OM, Adler LS, Irwin RE, McAllister C, Palmer-Young EC (in press) Possible synergistic effects
between thymol and nicotine against Crithidia bombi parasitism in bumble bees. PLOS ONE.
(4) Thorburn LT, Adler LS, Irwin RE, Palmer-Young EC (in review) Variable effects of nicotine and
anabasine on parasitized bumble bees. F1000Research. 4.
(3) Anthony WE, Palmer-Young EC, Irwin RE, Adler LS (in revision) Testing dose-dependent effects of the
nectar alkaloid anabasine on trypanosome parasite loads in adult bumble bees. PLOS ONE, 10(11), e0142496.
2. (2) Palmer-Young EC, Veit D, Gershenzon J, Schuman MC (2015) The sesquiterpenes (E)-ß-farnesene and
(E)-α-bergamotene quench ozone but fail to protect the wild tobacco Nicotiana attenuata from ozone, UVB,
and drought stresses. PLOS ONE, 10(6), e0127296.
(1) Schuman MC, Palmer-Young EC, Schmidt A, Gershenzon J, Baldwin IT (2014) Ectopic TPS expression
enhances sesquiterpene emission in Nicotiana attenuata without altering defense or development of transgenic
plants or neighbors. Plant Physiology 166: 779–797. doi:10.1104/pp.114.247130.
--Internal publication: Palmer-Young EC, Burgin A, Groffman P (2008) Effects of nitrate addition on nitrate
cycling in Onondaga Lake sediments. Internally published in Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies NSF REU
student archives. http://caryinstitute.org/reprints/Palmer_Young_2008_REU.pdf
--Internal publication: Klooster B & Palmer-Young EC (2004) Water stress marginally increases stomatal
density in E. canadensis, but not in A. gerardii. Tillers 5: 35-40 (Grinnell College internal publication)
--Manuscript: Evan Palmer-Young and Paul Sherman (2009) Antimicrobial functions of fermented milk kefir.
Submitted to, rejected by Journal of Food Protection.
--Mechanisms of induced resistance of Fragaria vesca (woodland strawberry) to Orgyia vetusta (Western
tussock moth). Poster presentation. UMass Graduate Research Symposium. Amherst, MA. November 2012.
--Do plant sesquiterpenes react with ozone to form particles? Hypothesis presentation, Max Planck Institute for
Chemical Ecology Molecular Ecology group lab meeting. Jena, Germany. September 2010.
--No protective effect of ectopic production of (E)-ß-farnesene against UV-B light stress in Nicotiana attenuata.
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology Biochemistry group lab meeting. Jena, Germany. May 2010.
--Canectopic production of (E)-ß-farnesene ameliorate abiotic stress in Nicotiana attenuata? Max Planck
Institute for Chemical Ecology Molecular Ecology group retreat. Bad Tegernsee, Germany. November 2009.
--Does terpene production protect transformed Nicotiana attenuata against oxidative stress? Hypothesis
presentation, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology Molecular Ecology group lab meeting. Jena,
Germany. October 2009.
--Nitrate addition increases denitrification rates of Onondaga Lake sediments in vitro. Cary Institute for
Ecosystem Studies NSF REU student symposium. Millbrook, NY. August 2008.
Scientific Service: Reviewer for Ecology (2015-)
Mentoring: UMass Amherst Honors Coll. Undergrad. Honors Thesis advisor (to 4 students 2014-15)
--Mentored 6 UMass undergraduate practicum students (2012-)
Teaching: Co-instructor, Commonwealth Honors College Undergraduate Honors Thesis seminar (2014)
--CIRTL (Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning) Associate (2015)
--CIRTL Practitioner—completed and presented Teaching as Research project (pending 2015)
Outreach: Webpage & blog manager for University of Massachusetts Fernald Entomology Club (2013-15)
--Invited speaker, Greenfield MA Bee Festival (2014 & 2015)
--Presenter, “Sound Bites” outreach program (2015). Discussed research at Amherst Middle School.
--Host, 4 Rivers Charter School Great Hope Sustainability Tour (2015). Presented research to 8th graders.
--Mentor to undergraduate students, MA Academy of Sciences STEM Ambassadors program (2012-15)
Language skills: Fluent and literate in Mandarin Chinese. B1 level (95%) proficiency in German.
3. Scientific skills
--Data analysis in R
--Website and blog creation and maintenance
--Citation management: proficient with Mendeley & Zotero; familiar with EndNote
--Software and operating system installation, backup, and imaging with Windows Backup, Macrium
--Town of Mamaroneck Summer Conservation Crew (July and August 2002-05): Spread woodchips, cleared
trails, removed litter, and built and repaired boardwalks in town preserves.
--Anna Beal Intern (Summer 2006): Restored prairie and woodland for The Nature Conservancy in Iowa.
--Grinnell College Campus Bicycles (2005-06) assistant mechanic. Maintained fleet of public use bicycles.
--Trader Joe’s grocery store stocker and cashier (2007-08)
--Mount Sinai School of Medicine Gastroenterology Department Volunteer (Winter 2007-08). Assisted research
coordinator with compilation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease patient database.
Gardening, hiking, bicycling