The 59th annual Southern Forest Insect Work Conference will be held
17-20 July 2018 (Tuesday - Friday)
in San Antonio, Texas!

We have chosen the Menger Hotel for our meeting.  Although meeting registration is not yet open, I encourage you to make your hotel reservation as soon as possible.  We have a block of 80 rooms (Tuesday-Thursday nights) and 35 rooms (Monday night) set aside for the group until June 25, 2018, so make your reservations by this date.  Don't miss out on the special pricing!


Meeting Hotel Details:

17-20 July 2018


Menger Hotel
204 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas

Phone reservations:

Mention the following group code: 071618SFIW


Online reservations:

Valet parking is available at the hotel for $20 per day plus tax (for overnight guests). There are less expensive options at self-parking public lots near the hotel.

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Room rates are:

$124.00 per night plus tax.

Remember, this low rate is valid only until June 25, 2018, and only for the first 80 rooms (first 35 on Monday, July 16).  Make your reservation right away!

If you reserve your hotel room now, we will be able to determine if we need to open additional rooms at the group rate, and can ensure that everyone who needs a room gets one!  Please be considerate to your fellow attendees and reserve your room as soon as possible.


Allen Smith and Robert Coulson are privileged to serve as your Program Co-Chairs for SFIWC 2018.  Based on SFIWC participant input, our goal is to develop an “information rich” program that features the contemporary issues in Forest Entomology in the Southern Region and beyond.  Accordingly, we are soliciting your input into formulation of the program.  If you would like to organize a workshop, have suggestions for workshop topics, or have suggestions for plenary sessions please send them to Robert Coulson (; 979-777-7064).  For workshop organizers, please provide a brief (50-100 word) abstract describing the workshop and a tentative list of participants.  As in the past, there will be two workshop sessions devoted to graduate student presentations, and we ask that you encourage your students to participate in the program.  With three current sessions, there will be room on the program for 12 workshops.  One (or more) of the workshops will be an open session for contributed presentations.


Graduate Student Session

Graduate Student Session submission details

The Graduate Student Session will be held during the afternoon of Wednesday, July 18.  Please see the above link for presentation submission details.  Titles, authors, affiliations, and abstracts (350-word limit) should be sent to Jeff Hamilton (, Kendra Wagner (, and Elizabeth Benton ( by Friday, June 8.


Photo Salon

Please contact Brittany Barnes ( with any questions or pictures that you would like to submit to the 2018 SFIWC Photo Salon. Only digital submissions will be accepted, and they must be received by Friday, July 6.


A.D. Hopkins Award and Roger F. Anderson Award

Nominations for the 2018 A.D. Hopkins Award, which recognizes outstanding record of service to Southern forest entomology, must be sent to Lynne Rieske-Kinney ( by Friday, June 8.

The 2018 Roger F. Anderson Award will be presented to an outstanding graduate student in Southern forest entomology; send nominations to Scott Salom ( by Friday, June 8.

Please see the above links for the "2018 A.D. Hopkins Award" and "2018 Roger F. Anderson Award" for detailed information on nomination submissions.


Southern Pine Beetle Working Group

Call for southern pine beetle presentations! If you would like to make a presentation on SPB-related research, management or technology development to the SPB Working Group, please contact John Nowak ( The SPB Working Group meeting is scheduled for 1:00 – 2:45P on Tuesday, July 17.


2018 SFIWC Food Drive

This year's SFIWC food drive will benefit the San Antonio Food Bank. As usual the Food Drive will accept cash, checks, or food and supply donations at the SFIWC registration table. The following are the items requested by the Food Bank: peanut butter, cereal, tuna, beans, rice, mac and cheese, chili, canned stews, canned soups, canned luncheon meats, full meals (can/box), and pop-top food items.