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Matthew D Ginzel


  • Associate Professor
WSLR Room 228
170 S. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Associate Professor

Matthew Ginzel is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Entomology and Forestry & Natural Resources and a member of the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center at Purdue University. Matt received his B.S. in Organismal Biology from Beloit College in 1994. He received an M.S. (1999) and Ph.D. (2003) from the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then spent two and a half years as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno before coming to Purdue in 2006.

Matt is broadly interested in the chemically-mediated host colonization and mating behaviors of wood-boring beetles. North American hardwood forests are increasingly threatened by a litany of indigenous and invasive wood-boring insect pests. In fact, wood-boring beetles are among the most economically important pests of woody plants in natural and managed systems. Unfortunately, the destructive nature of many wood-boring insects is exacerbated by difficulty in controlling their populations. Because they spend the majority of their lives concealed beneath the bark of trees, these insects are physically protected from sprayed pesticides. The long term goal of his research program is to develop effective pest management tactics targeting the chemically-mediated mating system of the beetles. This information will be useful in establishing effective management programs, such as by optimizing survey strategies, developing arboricultural techniques to bolster resistance, and improving methods for detecting invasive species to improve the health, quality, and productivity of North American hardwood forests.

Awards & Honors

(2005) EPSCoR research grant. National Science Foundation.

(2006) Outstanding Senior Award. Department of Biochemistry.

(2008) 3rd place presentation. Ohio Valley Entomological Association.

(2009) 1st place presentation. Ohio Valley Entomological Association.

(2009) Undergraduate Research Internship. Purdue Discovery Park.

(2009) Purdue Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

(2010) Outstanding Senior Award. Department of Entomology.

(2010) Dean’s Choice Award. Purdue Research and Poster Symposium.

(2014) Molecular Agriculture Summer Internship.

(2015) Molecular Agriculture Summer Internship.

Selected Publications

Hughes, G., Sadof, C., & Ginzel, M. (in press). A borer-specific assessment scheme for identifying sentinel trees to delimit invasive borers in urban forests. Aboriculture and Urban Forestry.

Juzwik, J., Banik, M., Reed, S., English, J., & Ginzel, M. (in press). Geosmithia morbida found on weevil species Stenominus pallidus in Indiana. Plant Health Research.

Ginzel, M., & Juzwik, J. (2014). Geosmithia morbida, the Causal Agent of Thousand Cankers Disease, Found in Indiana. (HN-89-N). Retrieved from

Reed, S., English, J., Juzwik, J., & Ginzel, M. (2013). Bark and ambrosia beetles and their associated fungi colonizing stressed walnut in Missouri and Indiana. Walnut Council Bulletin, 40(2), 17-19.

Song, M., Kim, A., Gorzalski, A., MacLean, M., Young, S., Ginzel, M., . . . Tittiger, C. (2013). Functional characterization of myrcene hydroxylases from two geographically distinct Ips pini populations. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 43, 336-343.

Hughes, G., Zou, Y., Millar, J., & Ginzel, M. (2013). Male-produced pheromone of the North American lamiine Astyleiopus variegatus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) is composed of (S)-fuscumol and (S)-fuscumol acetate. Canadian Entomologist, 145, 327-332.

VanDerLaan, N., & Ginzel, M. (2013). The capacity of conopthorin to enhance the attraction of two Xylosandrus species (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) to ethanol and the efficacy of verbenone as a repellent. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 15, 391-397.

Hughes, G., Zou, Y., Millar, J., & Ginzel, M. (in press). (S)-fuscumol and (S)-fuscumol acetate produced by a male Astyleiopus variegatus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) The Canadian Entomologist.

Song, M., Kim, A., Gorzalski, A., Young, S., Ginzel, M., Blomquist, G., & Tittiger, C. (in press). Functional characterization of myrcene hydroxylases from two geographically distinct Ips pini populations. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Paschen, M., Schiff, N., & Ginzel, M. (2012). Role of volatile semiochemicals in the host and mate location behavior of Mallodon dasystomus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) Journal of Insect Behavior, 25, 569-577.