Rebecca Sideman

Department Chair
Phone: (603) 862-3203
Office: Agriculture, Nutrition & Food Systems, Kendall Hall Room 211, Durham, NH 03824
A headshot of Becky Sideman, COLSA researcher

I joined UNH in 2004, and am currently Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition & Food Systems and a researcher with the NH Agriculture Experiment Station. Prior to 2023, I held a split appointment as Extension Specialist in Sustainable Horticulture. Before coming to UNH, I worked as a plant geneticist and lettuce breeder with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Salinas, California. I developed an appreciation for plants and agriculture on a highly diversified farm in Vermont.

My program takes an integrated approach to research & extension activities that focus on high-value specialty crop production & methods of extending the growing season for NH farmers. I am particularly interested in researching strategies to minimize production costs and ecological impacts, while producing economically viable yields of high-quality crops. Recent projects have focused on identifying new crops, cultivars and production practices, including season extension technologies, that expand opportunities for vegetable and berry production in northern New England.


  • Ph.D., Plant Breeding, Cornell University
  • B.A., Biological&Biomedical Sci.Rel., Dartmouth College

Research Interests

  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Plant Breeding
  • Plant Genetics
  • Plant Sciences
  • Sustainable Agriculture

Courses Taught

  • ANFS 999: Doctoral Research
  • SAFS 403: Green Thumb Workshop
  • SAFS 405: Sustainabl Agric & Food Produc
  • SAFS 795W: Investigations

Selected Publications

Harris-Cypher, A., Roman, C., Higgins, G., Scheufele, S., Legrand, A., Wallingford, A., & Sideman, R. G. (2023). A Field Survey of Syrphid Species and Adult Densities on Annual Flowering Plants in the Northeastern United States.. Environ Entomol, 52(2), 175-182. doi:10.1093/ee/nvad016

Orde, K. M., Marini, R., Demchak, K., & Sideman, R. (2021). Albion Strawberry Responds to Mulch Treatments and Low Tunnels Covered with Photoselective Films. HortScience, 56(9), 1005-1014. doi:10.21273/hortsci15886-21

Orde, K. M., & Sideman, R. G. (2021). Winter Survival and Second-year Spring Yields of Day-neutral Strawberry Are Influenced by Cultivar and the Presence of Low Tunnels. HORTTECHNOLOGY, 31(1), 77-88. doi:10.21273/HORTTECH04734-20

Sideman, R. G. (2020). Colored Bell Pepper Yields from Cultivars Grown in High Tunnels in Northern New England. HORTTECHNOLOGY, 30(3), 456-462. doi:10.21273/HORTTECH04577-20

Orde, K. M., & Sideman, R. G. (2019). Low Tunnel and Cultivar Effects on Day-neutral Strawberry Yield and Characteristics in New Hampshire. HORTTECHNOLOGY, 29(6), 795-+. doi:10.21273/HORTTECH04317-19

Vallad, G. E., Qin, Q. -M., Grube, R., Hayes, R. J., & Subbarao, K. V. (2006). Characterization of Race-Specific Interactions Among Isolates of Verticillium dahliae Pathogenic on Lettuce.. Phytopathology, 96(12), 1380-1387. doi:10.1094/PHYTO-96-1380

Chaim, A. B., Paran, I., Grube, R. C., Jahn, M., van Wijk, R., & Peleman, J. (2001). QTL mapping of fruit-related traits in pepper (Capsicum annuum). Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 102(6-7), 1016-1028. doi:10.1007/s001220000461

Grube, R. C., Blauth, J. R., Arnedo Andrés, M. S., Caranta, C., & Jahn, M. K. (2000). Identification and comparative mapping of a dominant potyvirus resistance gene cluster in Capsicum. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 101(5-6), 852-859. doi:10.1007/s001220051552

Grube, R. C., Zhang, Y., Murphy, J. F., Loaiza-Figueroa, F., Lackney, V. K., Provvidenti, R., & Jahn, M. K. (2000). New Source of Resistance to Cucumber mosaic virus in Capsicum frutescens.. Plant Dis, 84(8), 885-891. doi:10.1094/PDIS.2000.84.8.885

Jahn, M., Paran, I., Hoffmann, K., Radwanski, E. R., Livingstone, K. D., Grube, R. C., . . . Moyer, J. (2000). Genetic mapping of the Tsw locus for resistance to the Tospovirus Tomato spotted wilt virus in Capsicum spp. and its relationship to the Sw-5 gene for resistance to the same pathogen in tomato.. Mol Plant Microbe Interact, 13(6), 673-682. doi:10.1094/MPMI.2000.13.6.673

Most Cited Publications