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Matthew Siderhurst

DEPARTMENT: Chemistry Dept

POSITION: Associate Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | SSC 026B

PHONE: (540) 432-4382


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


B.A. (Chemistry & Molecular Bio.), Goshen College, Goshen, IN
Ph.D. (Entomology), Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Postdoctoral Research Associate, USDA-ARS-PBARC, Hilo, HI


^ – denotes EMU student authors

  • Siderhurst, M. S., S. J. Park, I. M. Jamie, S. De Faveri. 2017. Electroantennogram Responses of Six Bactrocera and Zeugodacus spp. to Raspberry Ketone Analogs. Environmental Chemistry. In press.
  • Moore, A., D. C. Barahona^, K. A. Lehman^, D. D. Skabeikis, I. R. Iriarte, E. B. Jang, M. S. Siderhurst. 2017. Judas Beetles: Discovering Cryptic Breeding Sites by Radio-Tracking Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles, Oryctes rhinoceros (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Environmental Entomology. 46 (1): 92-99.
  • Jang, E. B., L. A. F. N. Carvalho, C. C. Chen, M. S. Siderhurst. 2017. Cucumber Lure Trapping of Zeugodacus cucurbitae (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Hawaii and Taiwan: Longevity and Nontargets Captures. Journal of Economic Entomology. 110 (1): 201-207.
  • Park, S. J., R. Morelli, B. L. Hanssen, J. F. Jamie, I. M. Jamie, M. S. Siderhurst, P. W. Taylor. 2016. Raspberry Ketone Analogs: Vapour Pressure Measurements and Attractiveness to Queensland Fruit Fly, Bactrocera tryoni (Froggatt) (Diptera: Tephritidae). PLoS ONE 11(5): e0155827. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155827
  • Park, S. J., M. S. Siderhurst, I. Jamie, P. W. Taylor. 2016. Hydrolysis of Queensland fruit fly, Bactrocera tryoni (Froggatt), attractants: kinetics and implications for biological activity. Australian Journal of Chemistry. 69 (10): 1162-1166.
  • Siderhurst, M. S., S. J. Park, C. N. Buller^, I. M. Jamie, N. C. Manoukis, E. B. Jang, P. W. Taylor. 2016. Raspberry ketone trifluoroacetate, a new attractant for the Queensland fruit fly, Bactrocera tryoni (Froggatt). Journal of Chemical Ecology. 42 (2): 156-162.
  • Siderhurst, M. S., E. B. Jang, L. A. F. N. Carvalho, J. T. Nagata, N. T. Derstine. 2015. Disruption of Darna pallivitta (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae) by conventional and mobile pheromone deployment. Journal of Insect Science. 15 (1): 67.
  • Manoukis, N. C., M. S. Siderhurst, E. B. Jang. 2015. Field Estimates of Attraction of Ceratitis capitata to Trimedlure and Bactrocera dorsalis (Diptera: Tephritidae) to Methyl Eugenol in Varying Environments. Environmental Entomology. 44 (3): 695-703.
  • Yang, Y., E. B. Jang, M. S. Siderhurst. 2014. Differential field responses of the little fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger), to alarm pheromone enantiomers. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 40(11-12): 1277-1285.
  • McQuate, G. T., E. B. Jang, M. S. Siderhurst. 2013. Detection/monitoring of Bactrocera latifrons (Diptera: Tephritidae): Assessing the potential of prospective new lures. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 45: 69–81.
  • Derstine, N. T., E. J. Troyer, C. N. Suttles^, L. A. Siderhurst, E. B. Jang, M. S. Siderhurst. 2012. Field trapping little fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger). Insect Science – 12: article 93. (
  • Glick, A. E.^, M. S. Siderhurst, R. J. Miller. 2012. Method Development for Elemental Analysis of Foliar Blueberry (Vaccinium Corybosum L.) Samples. Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research 11(1): 36-38.
  • Kishbaugh, T. L. S., S. Cessna, S. J. Horst, L. Leaman, T. Flanagan, D. Graber Neufeldd, M. S. Siderhurst. 2012. Measuring beyond content: a rubric bank for assessing skills in authentic research assignments in the sciences. Chemistry Education Research and Practice. DOI: 10.1039/c2rp00023g
  • Jang, E. B., A. Khrimian, M. S. Siderhurst. 2011. Di- and Tri-fluorinated Analogs of Methyl Eugenol: Attraction to and Metabolism in the Oriental Fruit Fly, Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel). Journal of Chemical Ecology 37: 553–564.
  • Siderhurst, M.S., E. B. Jang. 2010. Cucumber Volatile Blend Attractive to Female Melon Fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett). Journal of Chemical Ecology 36(7): 699-708.
  • Jang, E. B , M. S. Siderhurst, R. G. Hollingsworth, D. N. Showalter^, E. J. Troyer^. 2010. Sex attractant for the banana moth, Opogona sacchari Bojer (Lepidoptera: Tineidae): provisional identification and field evaluation. Pest Management Science 66(4): 454-460.
  • Showalter, D. N., E. J. Troyer, M. Aklu^, E. B. Jang, M. S. Siderhurst. 2010. Alkylpyrazines: Alarm pheromone components of the little fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insectes Sociaux 57(2): 223-232.
  • Troyer, E. J., N. T. Derstine, D. N. Showalter^, E. B. Jang, M. S. Siderhurst. 2009. Field studies of Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger) alkylpyrazines: Towards management applications. Sociobiology 54(3): 955-971.
  • Jang, E. B., M. S. Siderhurst, P. Conant, L. A. Siderhurst. 2009. Phenology and population radiation of the nettle caterpillar, Darna pallivitta (Moore) (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae) in Hawai’i. Chemoecology 19:7-12.
  • Khrimian A., M. S. Siderhurst, G. T. Mcquate, N. J. Liquido, J. Nagata, L. Carvalho, F. Guzman and E. B. Jang. 2009. Ring-fluorinated analog of methyl eugenol: Attractiveness to and metabolism in the oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel). Journal of Chemical Ecology 35(2):209-218.
  • Siderhurst, M. S., E. B. Jang, A. H. Hara & P. Conant. 2007. n-Butyl (E)_-7,9-decadienoate: Sex pheromone component of the nettle caterpillar, _Darna pallivitta. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 125:63–69.
  • Nishijima, K. A., M. M. Wall, & M. S. Siderhurst. 2007. Demonstrating pathogenicity of Enterobacter cloacae on Macadamia and identifying associated volatiles of gray kernel of Macadamia in Hawaii. Plant Disease 91:1221-1228.
  • Broadbent, S., M. Farr, E. J. Bernklau, M. S. Siderhurst, D. M. James, & L. B. Bjostad. 2006. Field attraction of termites to a carbon dioxide-generating bait in Australia (Isoptera). Sociobiology 48:771-779.
  • Siderhurst, M. S., D. M. James, & L. B. Bjostad. 2006. Ultraviolet light induced autophototoxicity and negative phototaxis in Reticulitermes termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Sociobiology 48:27-49.
  • Siderhurst, M. S. & E. B. Jang. 2006a. Female-biased attraction of Oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel), to a blend of host fruit volatiles from Terminalia catappa L. Journal of Chemical Ecology 32:2513-2524.
  • Siderhurst, M. S. & E. B. Jang. 2006b. Attraction of female Oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis, to Terminalia catappa fruit in wind tunnel and olfactometer tests. Formosan Entomologist 26:45-55.
  • Nishijima, K. A., M. M. Wall, & M. S. Siderhurst. 2006. Update of gray kernel disease of Macadamia – 2006 . Hawaii Macadamia Nut Association 46th Annual Conference Proceedings 46:16-25.
  • Siderhurst, M. S., D. M. James, T. D. Blunt, & L. B. Bjostad. 2005a. Antimicrobial activity of norharmane against the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae (Metsch.) and the caste and phylogenetic distribution of this defense in termites (Insecta: isoptera). Sociobiology 46:563-577.
  • Siderhurst, M. S., D. M. James, T. D. Blunt, & L. B. Bjostad. 2005b. Endosymbiont biosynthesis of norharmane in Reticulitermes termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Sociobiology 45:687-705.
  • Siderhurst, M. S., D. M. James, D. L. Rithner, D. L. Dick, & L. B. Bjostad. 2005. Isolation and characterization of norharmane from Reticulitermes termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 98:1669-1678.