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

Student Assistants

  • Sang-Bin Lee
  • Aaron Mullins
  • Joseph Velenovsky

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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
  • Dr. Gillian Gile
  • Dr. Aram Mikaelyan
  • Dr. Michael Engel
Guest Speakers

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
7:30am – 8:00am Registration (Front Lobby)
8:00am – 8:30am Introduction and Presentation (30min)
8:30am – 9:00am Terminology, Life Cycle, Anatomy – Chouvenc (30min)
9:00am – 10:00am Termites of the World - Overview of Termite Diversity – Šobotník (60min)
10:00am – 10:15am Break (15min)
10:15am – 11:30pm Natural History of Termites – Scheffrahn (70min)
11:30am – 12:00pm Termite Phylogenetic Tools – Bourguignon (30min)
12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch (provided) (45min)
12:45pm – 2:00pm Termite Phylogeny and Biogeography – Bourguignon (75min)
2:00pm – 2:30pm Termites at the Geological Time Scale – Engel (30min)
2:30pm – 2:45pm Break (15min)
2:45pm – 3:30pm Review of the Biology of “Minor” Families – Bourguignon (45min)
3:30pm – 4:15pm Biology and Classification of Kalotermitidae – Scheffrahn (45min)
4:15pm – 5:00pm Biology and Ecology of Rhinotermitidae – Su (45min)
5:00pm – 5:20pm Overview and Preparations for Tuesday Field Trip – Mullins (20min)
5:20pm Welcome Dinner (provided) / Social time / Movie Session
“The World According to Termites” (Movie session and discussion)Šobotník

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
8:00am – 11:00am Termite Collection Field Trip to Secret Woods Park (180min)
11:10am – 12:00pm Breakout session 1.1
Identification Laboratory Session 1 – Scheffrahn (45min) room 121
Termites in Florida, Lab Tour – Chouvenc (45min) room T103-104
12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch (provided) (45min)
12:45pm – 1:45pm Breakout session 1.2 
Identification Laboratory Session 1 – Scheffrahn (45min) room 121
Termites in Florida, Lab Tour – Chouvenc (45min) room T103-104
1:45pm – 2:45pm Biology and Ecology of Termitidae – Scheffrahn (60min)
2:45pm – 3:00pm Break (15min)
2:45pm – 3:30pm Microbiota in Cockroaches and Termites – Mikaelyan (45min)
3:30pm – 4:15pm Protozoa in "Lower" Termites – Gile (45min)
4:15pm – 5:00pm Termite Diversification: A Symbiont Perspective – Bourguignon (45min)
5:00pm – 5:30pm Parasites in Termite Nests and Host Manipulation – Matsuura (30min)
5:30pm End of Session (Dinner on your own or with your new friends)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
8:00am – 8:50am Termite Evolution: Origin of Eusociality – Chouvenc (50min)
8:50am – 9:40am Evolution and Origin of Soldiers and Workers – Bourguignon (50min)
9:40am – 9:55am Break (15min)
9:55am – 10:45pm Evolution of Sexual Division of Labor in Termites – Matsuura (50min)
10:45am – 11:30pm Evolutionary Convergence in Eusociality – Chouvenc (45min)
11:45pm – 12:35pm Lunch (provided) (45min)
12:30pm – 1:30pm Termite Communication: Glands, Pheromones, Vibroacoustic – Šobotník (60min)
1:30pm – 2:15pm Termite Defenses: Mandibles and Defensive Glands – Šobotník (60min)
2:15pm – 2:30pm Break (15min)
2:30pm – 5:00pm Breakout session 2.1
Identification Laboratory Session 2 – Scheffrahn (150min)
Rotations for an Overview of Termite Damage Types – Chouvenc (20min)
Students Mini-Symposium (10min presentations)
5:00pm End of Session (Dinner on your own or with your new friends)

Thursday, June 6, 2019
8:00am – 9:15am Life Cycle, Developmental Pathways and Breeding Systems in Termites –
Chouvenc (75min)
9:15am – 10:00am Termite Colony Foundation Strategies (overview) – Matsuura (45min)
10:00am – 10:15am Break (15min)
10:15am – 11:05am Parthenogenesis in Termites and Role of Asexual Reproduction –
Matsuura (50min)
11:05am – 11:55am Epigenetic Regulations in Termites – Matsuura (50min)
11:55pm – 12:40pm Lunch (provided) (45min)
12:40pm – 1:30pm Termite Feeding Biology and Ecology – Šobotník (50min) 
1:30pm – 2:15pm Evolution and Ecology of Neotropical Termites – Carrijo (45min) 
2:15am – 2:30am Break (15min)
2:30pm – 5:00pm Breakout session 2.2
Identification Laboratory Session 2 – Scheffrahn (150min)
Rotations for an Overview of Termite Damage Types – Chouvenc (20min)
Students Mini-Symposium (10min presentations)
5:00pm End of Session (Dinner on your own or with your old friends)

Friday, June 7, 2019
8:00am – 8:30am Termite Pest Species of the World and Termite Control Research –
Chouvenc (30min)
8:30am – 9:20am Drywood Termite Pests and Fumigation Techniques – Scheffrahn (50min)
9:20am – 10:00am Alternative Techniques for Control of Drywood Termites – Kern (40min)
10:00am – 10:15am Break (15min)
10:15am – 10:40am Use of Liquid Termiticides for Control of Subterranean Termites – Kern (40min)
10:40am – 11:20am Building Maintenance Practices to Reduce the Likelihood of Subterranean Termite Infestations – Kern (40min)
11:20am – 11:50am Review for the Practical Exam, Termite ID Exercise – Scheffrahn (30min)
11:50am – 12:35pm Lunch (provided) (45min)
12:35pm – 1:05pm Living with Termites, a New Orleans’ Perspective – Mullins (30min)
1:05pm – 2:20pm Principles of IPM and the Use of Bait Technologies for Control of Subterranean Termites – Su (75min)
2:20pm – 2:35pm Break (15min)
2:35pm – 3:50pm The Importance of Colony Demographics in Subterranean Termite Control Strategies – Chouvenc (75 min)
3:50pm – 4:20pm Potential Use of Termite Egg-Tending Behavior for Control Strategies –
Matsuura (30min)
4:20pm – 5:00pm Open Discussion “Termites and Human Culture" – (40min)
5:00pm – 5:30pm Review for the Practical Exam, Termite ID Exercise – Scheffrahn (30min)
5:30pm Farewell Dinner/Social Time at Ye old Falcon Pub

Saturday, June 8, 2019
8:00am – 9:00am Breakout Session 3
Identification Practical Examination and Turn in Termite Collection
(For students taking the class for credits only) room 121 – Scheffrahn (60min)
Hybrid termites, a Floridian Story
(For the rest of the group) room T103-104) – Chouvenc (60min)
9:00am – 9:30am Self-organization Systems in Termites – Mizumoto/Matsuura (30min)
9:30am – 9:50am Polyethism in Termites, Part I – Chouvenc (20min)
9:50am – 10:20am Polyethism in Termites, Part II – Matsuura (30min)
10:20am – 10:35am Break (15min)
10:35am – 11:50am Biocontrol vs. Termites Immunity – Chouvenc (75min)
11:50am – 12:00pm Student Awards and Concluding Remarks
12:00pm Final Lunch (provided) (45min)
After Lunch: Project topic assignments (for credit students only)

Please Keep in Mind That:

  • We are 15min away from the beach
  • We are 45 min away from the Everglades national parks
  • 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

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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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