Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council

A Joint Symposium of GA-EPPC and SE-EPPC

Athens, GA, November 12-14, 2014


Conference Registration - Early Registration extended through November 4th

Field Trips

Information for the Upcoming Field Trips

Meeting Agenda


Save the Date!

Save the Date - Hear Douglas Tallamy speak on Bringing Nature Home, How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants

Save the Date - Earn CEUs

Hotel Information

Keynote Speakers


Bringing Nature Home, How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
Douglas Tallamy

As a child, Douglas W. Tallamy learned first-hand about the finality of suburban development as practiced today. Having recently moved with his family into a new house in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, he spent his summer days exploring the "wild" places that surrounded him. One of his first discoveries was a small pond where thousands of pollywogs wiggled near its shoreline and he took great delight in watching them grow each day. One day as he watched, a bulldozer crested nearby piles of dirt, and - in an act that has been replicated around the nation millions of times since - proceeded to bury the young toads and all of the other living treasures within the pond.
Tallamy is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, where he has written more than 65 research articles and has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.
In his free time Tallamy enjoys photography (particularly of insects and birds), hiking and backpacking with his wife in remote places, swimming and canoeing, and teaching young people about the importance of the life forms around them.


Using Technology to Fight Invasive Species, Past and Present
Dr. David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia

Dr. David J. Moorhead is Professor of Silviculture at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Co-Director of the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. Moorhead is a native of Louisville, KY and received a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Kentucky; an M.S. in Silviculture/Soils from Mississippi State University and his Ph.D. in Forest Ecophyiology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been with the University of Georgia for 28 years providing statewide and regional service/outreach programs for county extension agents, private landowners, foresters and natural resource managers on silviculture, forest vegetation, invasive species and forest health issues, forest regeneration, prescribed fire and forest management. He is involved in extensive program development in the area of invasive species awareness and management, and conducts workshops across the South on invasive plant identification, pathways of spread in forested/natural ecosystems, and management and control techniques. He received the 2007 Outstanding Service Award in Forest Health Protection from the Georgia Forestry Commission and the 2009 Award of Excellence in Public Education in Technology Transfer from the Southeastern Society of American Foresters. Dr. Moorhead is active in the SE-EPPC; he serves as the GA-EPPC liaison with the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils, and is a member of the National Network of Invasive Plant Centers.


Creating National Guidelines for Listing Invasive Plants
Dr. Nancy J. Loewenstein - Auburn University

Dr. Nancy J. Loewenstein works at Auburn University as a Research Fellow and Invasive Plant Extension Specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Her interests include invasive plant identification, ecology and control. She holds a PhD in Tree Physiology from the University of Missouri, a MS in Forest Biology from Virginia Tech and a BS in Forest Management from Auburn University. She is currently serving as the Executive Director and the Chair of the Plant Listing Committee for the Alabama Invasive Plant Council, Past President of SE-EPPC and a Member at Large of the NA-EPPC Executive Board. She is also serving on the collaboration group developing an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard for invasive plant listing.

Meeting Schedule


Hotel Information:

The University of Georgia

1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, Georgia 30602 - 3603
Symposium on site

$109 for a Classic Room with one queen or one king bed
$109 for a Classic Room with two custom (4'x6') beds; each accommodates one person
$139 for a Select Room with two queen or two double beds
Block drop date is October 14, 2014

Hotel reservations may be made by telephone (1-800-884-1381 or 706-542-2134) or through the Georgia Center website ( using block code 83832.

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