Amy Baetsen-Young

Graduate Student


Amy Baetsen-Young



2007-2011 Northern Michigan University B.S. Biology

2011-2013 The Pennsylvania State University M.S. Agronomy

Professional Experience

2013 Plant Health Technician, Timberwolf Tree Care

2013 Contract Botany Surveyor, USDA Forest Service

2013-2015 Associate Pathology Scientist I, Simplot Plant Sciences


Research Interests

The intersection of plants and pathogens within the ecosystem has motivated many critical questions within my research. These questions will enable me to focus on my long-term goal of being able to assess and determine processes that allow disease to impact host populations, the evolution of host resistance, and pathogen adaptation and virulence. Broadly, I am interested in studying regional and localized epidemiology to generate knowledge that will enable a holistic understanding of pathogen isolate development and evolution. I hope to apply the research concepts attained in graduate school to spur economic development for growers by reducing enigmatic biotic and abiotic interactions.


Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed

Baetsen-Young, A.M, J.E. Kaminski, M.T. Kasson, and D.D. Davis. 2015. Insights into the biology of Sphaerobolus stellatus as a causal agent of thatch collapse in golf turf. Crop Science. DOI:10.2135/cropsci2014.12.0821

Trade and Extension

Baetsen-Young, A.M, J.E. Kaminski, M.T. Kasson, and D.D. Davis. 2016. Thatch collapse in golf course turf. Golf Course Management. 84: 87-91

Stehouwer R.C., K.L. Butler, K.A. Webber and A.M. Baetsen. 2014. Soils 102, Introductory Soil Science Laboratory, Spring 2014. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

Baetsen, A.M., and J.E. Kaminski. 2012. Thatch collapse: a new disease of golf course turfgrasses. Pennsylvania Turfgrass.