Recent SFIWC News


Charter and longtime SFIWC member, Dr. Robert (Bob) Thatcher, passed away on November 27, 2018, at the age of 89.  He lived in Asheville, NC.  Below is a link to Bob’s (brief) obituary.

His many years of work for the U.S. Forest Service included being Program Manager of the Expanded Southern Pine Beetle Research and Applications Program (ESPBRAP).

In addition to his numerous contributions to forest entomology, Bob attended SFIWCs spanning six (!) decades, and he was the recipient of the 1987 A.D. Hopkins Award.  His last meeting was the 50th SFIWC in 2007 on Jekyll Island.



Tom Coleman recently accepted the Slow-the-Spread Program Manager position with Forest Health Protection in Asheville, NC.  He’ll be starting his new position in early December!   

Tom will be transferring from New Mexico where he has been the Zone Leader/Entomologist with Forest Health Protection since 2016.  Tom started working with Forest Health Protection in 2008 in southern California.  Prior to working with the Forest Service, Tom completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Kentucky and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Georgia.  He has studied the biology, management, and impact of several native and non-native forest insects, including the goldspotted oak borer, Douglas-fir tussock moth, mountain pine beetle, invasive shot hole borers, and southern pine beetle.  Tom is married and has a 2 year old son.