Insect Pests is Subject of Science Seminar

Matthew Siderhurst, assistant professor of chemistry at EMU
Matthew Siderhurst, assistant professor of chemistry at EMU

How non-native insects can be introduced into habitats and sometimes become serious pests is the subject of the next Suter Science Center seminar at EMU.

Matthew Siderhurst, an assistant professor of chemistry at EMU, will speak on the topic, “The Smells of Invasion: Chemical Ecology of Invasive Insects in Hawaii,” 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 in room 104 of the Suter Science Center.

Dr. Siderhurst, who joined the EMU faculty in 2006, has done major study on the ecosystems of Hawaii and the impact of non-native insects on the people and agricultural areas there.

He will describe his research and efforts to develop tools for invasion prevention and control strategies, improve early detection of new invaders and track established invaders.

Damage in Billions

“Damage, losses and control costs from non-native insects are estimated at $20 billion annually, along with the displacement and destruction of native species,” Siderhurst said, noting that “invasive species are the single greatest threat to Hawaii’s economy and natural environment and to the health and lifestyle of the people there.”

Refreshments will be served 15 minutes prior to the presentation. Admission to the program is free.

For more information, contact Dr. Roman J. Miller, 540-432-4412; e-mail