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Matthew Siderhurst

DEPARTMENT: Chemistry Dept

POSITION: Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | SSC 026B

PHONE: (540) 432-4382

EMAIL: matthew.siderhurst@emu.edu

Dr. Siderhurst earned a B.A. in chemistry and molecular biology from Goshen College and a Ph.D. in Entomology from Colorado State University. After receiving his degree, Dr. Siderhurst held a postdoctoral research associate position with the USDA-ARS-PBARC in Hilo, Hawai’i, working to identify attractants for several economically important invasive insects. Current research projects include chemical ecology of invasive insect pests in Hawaii, Australia, and Guam. Teaching experience throughout his academic career has lead Dr. Siderhurst to value education as a lifelong process, which especially lends itself to the small institution setting with its small class sizes, close student-professor interactions, and undergraduate-centered research.

Dr. Siderhurst’s research interests include:
- Development of improved attractants for invasive and agriculturally important insect pests including tephritid fruit flies, the little fire ant, and several beetle and moth species
- Synthesis of small organic molecules related to insect chemical ecology including pheromones and secondary plant compounds
- Ecology of invasive species studied through trapping or radio tracking
- Investigating the odor profiles of tropical agricultural products

Education

BA, Goshen College (Chemistry & Molecular Biology)
PHD, Colorado State University (Entomology)

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