Do you need bark & ambrosia beetle identification and expertise?
- Are you a student developing a beetle project?
- A State or Federal insect identifier?
- An extension agent in charge of forest pests?
- A researcher fascinated by bark and ambrosia beetles?
Learn all you need to know from local and international experts: identify beetles, learn how to use keys, understand scolytine morphology, ecology, damage, and classification, find and diagnose beetles in the field, build your own reference collection, and meet the global community of bark beetle researchers.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN
Applied aspectsIdentification of bark and ambrosia beetles, diagnostics of damage in the field, and management of pest species in the Southeastern US. Great for tree health practitioners.
Hardcore identification12 hours of hands-on microscope sessions, advanced characters and vocabulary. Essential for students, researchers, and agency entomologists.
Academic aspectsGlobal scope, invasive species, evolutionary relationships, collecting field trips. An important contextual knowledge, key to becoming an expert.
LocationUniversity of Florida-Gainesville, Steinmetz Hall room 2218 (Department of Entomology)
AccommodationWe will provide transportation from the Springhill Suites and Super 8 to UF and back.
4155 SW 40th Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32608
4202 SW 40th Blvd, Exit 384 (Archer Rd)
Gainesville, FL 32608
A list of other nearby hotels can be found here. We will NOT provide transportation from these other hotels but they are close enough for you to walk to either the Springhill Suites or Super 8 to ride the shuttle.
If you have any questions please contact Paige Carlson.
Tom Atkinson author of barkbeetles.info
Sarah M. Smith Michigan State University
Anthony Cognato Michigan State University
Jeffrey Eickwort Florida Forest Service
Daniel Carrillo University of Florida
Kier Klepzig Joseph W. Jones Ecological Station
Bob Rabaglia USDA Forest Service
Jiri Hulcr University of Florida
A new paradigm in rapid identification of important species.There will be thousands of beetles avaiable for your identification practice, but these are special: Each Academy participant will be trained on a curated set of the 36 world's most important and most invasive bark and ambrosia beetles, as well as the most common "false positives." This includes all species on the APHIS Priority Offshore Species List, current and past versions, beetles that are regulated in other countries, or cause notable damage. Each Collection comes with "Identification Primer", a booklet of photographs, characters, and management and biosecurity information.
No museum in the word has all these species together! Participants can keep the collection for $70 added to the registration.
DownloadsDownloads of past presentations can be available by request.
Get ready for the THIRD Bark Beetle Academy! This is the biggest educational, scientific and social event focused on bark and ambrosia beetles. Register and join us to learn more about these important insects and to meet leading bark and ambrosia beetle scientists.
- ...work directly with specialists
- ...receive state-of-the art identification and management materials
- ...participate in hands-on identification practice
- ...learn how to collect beetles in the field during their peak season in Florida’s Spring
- ...receive Continuing Education Units from the Society of American Foresters and the International Society of Arboriculture.
- ...enjoy a high instructor/student ratio