The 60th annual Southern Forest Insect Work Conference will be held
23-26 July 2019 (Tuesday - Friday)
in Savannah, Georgia!


DRAFT Agenda

We have chosen the Savannah Marriott Riverfront 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 75 rooms (Tuesday-Thursday nights) and 30 rooms (Monday night) set aside for the group until June 24, 2019, so make your reservations by this date.  Don't miss out on the special pricing!


Meeting Hotel Details:

23-26 July 2019

Savannah Marriott Riverfront
100 General McIntosh Boulevard
Savannah, Georgia

Phone reservations:
Mention that you are in the group: 60th Annual Southern Forest Insect Work Conference 2019.


Online reservations link:
Self-parking is available at the hotel for $17 per day plus tax.

Visit for hotel information.

Room rates are:
$116.00 per night plus tax for up to double occupancy ($20/night for each additional person).
Remember, this low rate is valid only until June 24, 2019, and only for the first 75 rooms (first 30 on Monday, July 22).  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.



This year’s DRAFT agenda is now available!  Thanks to all of the people who volunteered to moderate sessions. Please contact Program Co-Chairs, David Coyle ( or Kelly Oten (, if you have any questions.


Open Sessions

There will be 2 open sessions with no defined topic for those wishing to make a presentation at SFIWC.  Please send your title, name, and affiliation to Program Co-Chairs, David Coyle ( and Kelly Oten (  Time slots will be approximately 15 minutes, including questions.  Titles due by Friday, June 7.


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

Nominations for the 2019 A.D. Hopkins Award, which recognizes outstanding record of service to Southern forest entomology, must be sent to Lynne Rieske-Kinney ( by Friday, June 14.

The 2019 Roger F. Anderson Award will be presented to an outstanding graduate student in Southern forest entomology; send nominations to Kamal Gandhi ( by Monday, June 10.

Please see the above links for the "2019 A.D. Hopkins Award" and "2019 Roger F. Anderson Award" for detailed information on nomination submissions.


Poster Session

The poster session and reception will be held on Wednesday, July 24.  The deadline for poster title submissions is Friday, June 7.  Please send your title, authors, and affiliations to Kendra Wagner ( and Jess Hartshorn (, and use the following format:

David Coyle1, Brittany Barnes1, Gary Green1, Kier Klepzig2, John Nowak3, and Kamal Gandhi1. University of Georgia1, USDA-FS-SRS2, and USDA-FS-FHP3. Regional relevance of southern pine decline and its impact on landowner knowledge and attitudes.

Posters should be no larger than 4’ x 4’.  Mounting materials will be provided.  Posters can be set up starting Tuesday, July 23 and will be displayed throughout the meeting.


Graduate Student Session

The Graduate Student Session will be held during the afternoon of Wednesday, July 24.  Please see the above link for presentation submission details.  Titles, authors, affiliations, and abstracts (REQUIRED; 350-word limit) should be sent to Kristy McAndrew (, Kendra Wagner (, and Elizabeth Benton ( by Friday, June 7.


Photo Salon

Please contact Brittany Barnes ( with any questions or pictures that you would like to submit to the 2019 SFIWC Photo Salon. Only digital submissions will be accepted, and they must be received by Friday, July 5.


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 23.

2019 SFIWC Food Drive

This year's SFIWC Food Drive will benefit America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. As usual the Food Drive will accept cash, checks, or food and supply donations at the SFIWC registration table. The following are the canned food items requested by the food bank: canned chicken, ham, mackerel, meat spreads, salmon, sardines, tuna, beef stew, soup, peanut butter, canned beans, peas, corn, or other canned veggies.