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Matthew D Ginzel


  • Associate Professor
WSLR Room 228
901 W State St.
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 (HTIRC) 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

(2018) Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Department of Entomology.

Selected Publications

Moore, M., Juzwik, J., Miller, F., Roberts, L., & Ginzel, M. D. (2019). Detection of Geosmithia morbida on Numerous Insect Species in Four Eastern States. Plant Health Progress, 20(3), 133--139.

Stack, S., Sadof, C. S., & Ginzel, M. D. (2019). Effects of grafting on host plant resistance in ash (Fraxinus spp.) to emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 21(2), 180--189.

Ginzel, M. D. (2019). Spatial and Climatic Factors Influence Ambrosia Beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) Abundance in Intensively Managed Plantations of Eastern Black Walnut. Environmental entomology.

Sadof, C. S., Hughes, G. P., Witte, A. R., Peterson, D. L., & Ginzel, M. D. (2017). Tools for Staging and Managing Emerald Ash Borer in the Urban Forest. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, (43). Retrieved from Department of Entomology, Purdue University

Peterson, D. L., Duan, J. J., Yaninek, J. S., Ginzel, M. D., & Sadof, C. S. (2015). Development of Larval Agrilus planipennisi (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) and Fitness of Tetrastichus planipennisi (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) in Blue Ash (Fraxinus quadrangulata) and Green Ash (F. pennsylvanica) Environmental Entomology. doi:

Hughes, G. P., Meier, L., Zou, Y., Millar, J., Hanks, L., & Ginzel, M. D. (2016). Stereochemistry of Fuscumol and Fuscumol Acetate Influences Attraction of Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) of the Subfamily Lamiinae. Environmental Entomology, 45, 1271-1275.

Juzwik, J., McDermott-Kubeczko, M., Stewart, T. J., & Ginzel, M. D. (2016). First report of Geosmithia morbida on ambrosia beetles emerged from thousand cankers-diseased Juglans nigra in Ohio. Plant Disease, 100, 1236-1238.

Ginzel, M. D., & Blomquist, G. J. (2016). Insect Hydrocarbons: Biochemistry and Chemical Ecology. In Extracellular Composite Matrices in Arthropods (221–252). Springer International Publishing.

Hughes, G. P., Bello, J. E., Millar, J. G., & Ginzel, M. D. (2016). Determination of the absolute configuration of female-produced contact sex pheromone components of the longhorned beetle, Neoclytus acuminatus acuminatus (F) Journal of Chemical Ecology, 41, 1050-1057.

Reed, S. E., Juzwik, J., English, J. T., & Ginzel, M. D. (2015). Colonization of artificially stressed black walnut trees by ambrosia beetle, bark beetle, and other weevil species (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Indiana and Missouri. Environmental Entomology, 44, 1455-1464.

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