UF/IFAS Termite Course 2019

June 3-8, 2019  |  Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center


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Important Dates

May 1, 2019

Registration Deadline

June 3-8, 2019

Lectures and Laboratory Activities


Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center

3205 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33314

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Dr. Thomas Chouvenc

University of Florida

Dr. Rudolf Scheffrahn

University of Florida

Dr. Nan-Yao Su

University of Florida

Dr. William Kern, Jr.

University of Florida

Dr. Jan Šobotník

Czech University, Prague

Dr. Thomas Bourguignon

OIST, Okinawa, Japan

Dr. Kenji Matsuura

Kyoto University, Japan

Dr. Tiago Carrijo

Federal University of ABC, Brazil

Student Assistants

  • Aaron Mullins
  • Joseph Velenovsky



This course provides a unique opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge about termite biology with a strong emphasis on ecology and evolution. This 40+ hours workshop will include extensive seminars provided by guests speakers from around the world, field collection and lab ID training sessions. If you are interested in social insects overall, this course is for you.

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2019 Termite Course Guest Speakers

In addition to the four local FLREC faculties, additional guest speakers will come to provide a multitude of visions concerning termite biology:

  • Dr. Kenji Matsuura
  • Dr. Jan Šobotník
  • Dr. Thomas Bourguignon
  • Dr. Tiago Carrijo

Course Objectives

  • Students will learn about the natural history, ecology, evolution, behavior, and distribution of all major termite families.
  • Students will be able to recognize major termite families and genera.
  • Primary invasive termite pests must be recognized to the species level.
  • Students will learn and gain experience in a range of techniques for the collection and control of subterranean and drywood termites pest species.
  • Graduate students participating to the course will be given the opportunity to give a 10min presentation of their graduate research project in a student mini-symposium

Tentative Agenda

Monday, June 3, 2019
7:45am – 8:00am Registration at the FLREC
8:00am – 10:00am Introduction and overview of the world termite diversity
(Chouvenc/ Šobotník)
10:00am – 10:20am Break (refreshments and snacks provided)
10:20am – 12:00pm Termite natural history and termite phylogenetic tools
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch (provided)
1:00pm – 3:00pm Termite Phylogeny and biogeography, biology and ecology of Kalotermitidae
3:00pm – 3:20pm Break (refreshments and snacks provided)
3:20pm – 5:20pm Biology and ecology of Rhinotermitidae and Termitidae
5:20pm Welcome Dinner (provided) / Social time / Movie Session
Movie Session and Discussion: “The World According to Termites”

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
8:00am – 12:00pm Field collection trip, lab identification session
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch (provided)
1:00pm – 3:00pm Lab session, biology and ecology of minor termite families, protistology (Scheffrahn/Bourguignon/Velenovsky)
3:00pm – 3:20pm Break (refreshments and snacks provided)
3:20pm – 5:10pm Neotropical termites, Termite communication (Šobotník /Carrijo)
5:10pm End of session. Dinner on your own (or with your old friends)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
8:00am – 9:40am Termite evolution, eusociality and emergence of castes systems (Chouvenc/Bourguignon)
9:40am – 10:00am Break (refreshments and snacks provided)
10:00am – 12:00pm Termite symbiont diversification, evolutionary convergence in eusocial systems, and self-organization in termites (Bourguignon/Chouvenc/Matsuura)
12:00pm – 12:50pm Site Lunch, Observe Tenting Procedures
12:50pm – 3:00pm Foundation strategies, caste development pathways, parthenogenesis in termites (Chouvenc/Matsuura)
3:00pm – 5:00pm Short break, Lab ID session, Termite lab tour
Student mini-symposium, part 1 (Scheffrahn/Chouvenc)
5:00pm End of session. Dinner on your own (or with your old friends)

Thursday, June 6, 2019
8:00am – 9:40am Termite immunity, social parasites in termites (Chouvenc/Matsuura)
9:40am – 10:00am Break (refreshments and snacks provided)
10:00am – 12:10pm Termite defenses, polyethism, epigenetic regulations (Šobotník /Matsuura)
12:10pm – 1:00pm Lunch (provided)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Sexual division of labor, feeding biology and ecology of termites (Šobotník /Matsuura)
2:30pm – 5:00pm Short break, Lab ID session, Termite damage session
Student mini-symposium, part 2 (Scheffrahn/Chouvenc)
5:00pm End of session. Dinner on your own (or with your old friends)

Friday, June 7, 2019
8:00am – 9:00am Identification practical examination and turn in termite collection
(For students taking the class for credits only)
9:00am – 9:20am Break (refreshments and snacks provided)
9:20am – 11:40am Termite pest species and overview of drywood termite control methods (Scheffrahn/Chouvenc/Kern/Mullins)
11:40am – 12:40pm Lunch (provided)
12:40pm – 3:10pm Subterranean termite control methods and Termite IPM (Kern/Su)
3:10pm – 3:30pm Break (refreshments and snacks provided)
3:30pm – 4:30pm New insights from termite biology and implications on termite control (Chouvenc/Matsuura)
4:30pm – 5:30pm Termites and human culture.
Open discussion
5:30pm Farewell Dinner/Social time at Ye old Falcon Pub
(Participants on own to cover this cost)

Saturday, June 8, 2019
Note: At this time, no classes are scheduled for Saturday. HOWEVER, we strongly suggest you remain available for this day, as we may have additional guest speakers joining this session. In case additional classes are added, this program will be updated and additional lectures will take place on Saturday.

If no additional classes take place, please keep in mind that:

  • We are 15 min away from the beach.
  • We are 45 min away from the Everglades National Park.
  • We have a diverse fauna of social hymenoptera in various parks in the area, ready to be surveyed.
  • The lab will be open for more identification sessions if needed.
  • Butterfly World is 30 min away.
  • Fairchild Botanical Garden is 45 min away.

If you plan on doing group activities, we can help you organize it, per your request.

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Registration Information

Registration proceeds on a first-come, first serve basis.

Payment is due at the time of registration.
Pay using your credit or debit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Registration Costs
Attendee Type Cost
UF Student Register to ENY 4221 / ENY 6248
Non UF-Student $250
Post-Doctorate $300
Other (Faculty, staff, professional, termite enthusiast, etc) $350

Registration Covers:

  • Snacks and refreshments during breaks
  • All lunches and the welcome dinner on Monday will be provided by the organizers
  • A handbook with a printout of all lectures will be given to all participants
  • A T-shirt of the event

Registration Does NOT Cover (and therefore on your own):

  • Travel
  • Lodging
  • All dinners except the welcome dinner on Monday. The farewell dinner is at your own expense.

Refund Policy

Requests for registration refunds will be honored if written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences on or before May 10, 2019. A 25% processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after the applicable deadline.

Email: kimmer72@ufl.edu

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Travel Information

Local Airports

Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL)
Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL)

8.3 miles (recommended)
Phone: 1-866-435-9355
100 Terminal Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

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Miami International Airport
Miami Airport (MIA)

26.8 miles
Phone: 1-800-825-5642
2100 NW 42nd Ave
Miami, FL 33126

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Nearby Hotels

Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Express

1.1 miles
Phone: 954-585-7071
2540 Davie Road
Davie, FL, US, 33317

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WoodSpring Suites Fort Lauderdale
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1.6 miles
Phone: 754-600-3366
5700 Reese Road
Davie, FL 33314

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1.7 miles
Phone: 1-954-476-1211
7550 State Rd. 84
Davie, FL 33317

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Sheraton Suites

3.9 miles
Phone: 954-452-3202
311 N University Drive
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More Information

For further information about the class, contact:

Thomas Chouvenc

Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center
3205 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33314-7719
Phone: (954) 577-6320
Fax: (954) 475-4125
Email: tomchouv@ufl.edu

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