2017 Southern Mensurationists Conference

Start Date: October 22, 2017
End Date: October 25, 2017
Location: Hotel Indigo Athens, Georgia

General Meeting Agenda (to be updated with more details later):

Sunday, October 22

Opening reception – 6:00pm – midnight
Billiard Suite and Baby Grand Suite (Rooms 501 & 502)
Light snacks, beer, wine, water, soft drinks

Monday, October 23

7:00-8:00am Breakfast (provided)
8:00-8:15am Introductions and Welcome
8:15-9:45am Research presentations
9:45-10:15am Break – snacks and coffee/beverages (provided)
10:15-noon Research presentations
noon-1:15pm Lunch (provided)
1:15-2:45pm Research presentations
2:45-3:15pm Break – snacks and coffee/beverages (provided)
3:15-5:00pm Research presentations
6:00pm Dinner downtown (provided)

Tuesday, October 24

7:00-8:00am Breakfast (provided)
8:00-9:45am Research presentations
9:45-10:15am Break – snacks and coffee/beverages (provided)
10:15-noon Research presentations
noon-1:15pm Lunch (provided)
1:15-2:45pm Research presentations
2:45-3:15pm Break – snacks and coffee/beverages (provided)
3:15-4:30pm Research presentations
4:30-5:00pm Awards, Closing Remarks, Short Business Meeting

Wednesday, October 25

Field Trip
Depart 8:00am, Return to hotel by 4:00pm
Join us for a day in the field looking at current research plots in southern pine management.
Stops: Loblolly pine research trials.
Stops include visits to:

  • Culture-Density research trial with planting densities ranging from 300 – 1800 trees per acre.
  • Accelerated Pine Productivity research trial nearing rotation age with a 2×2 factorial with fertilization and competition control.
  • Mid-Rotation Treatment study looking at the impacts of thinning intensity combined with a 2×2 factorial with fertilization and competition control, along with an non-thinned counterpart as a thinning control.
  • Other stops as time permits.

Field Trip Cost: $30 per person, includes lunch

For additional information or questions, please contact the conference organizers:

Bronson Bullock
Associate Professor of Forest Biometrics and Quantitative Timber Management

Cristian Montes
Associate Professor of Natural Resource Biometrics


2017 Mike Strub Challenge is ON!

Stop doing what you know and jump into some troubled waters. There are biometrical challenges outside the forest, but still in forestry. Here is the 2017 SOMENS Mike Strub Challenge for our upcoming meeting.
2017 Strub Challenge Directions (pdf)
Strub Challenge Data (Excel file)

Call for Nominations

Submit your nomination for the SOMENS Achievement Award which honors scientists that have contributed significantly to quantitative southern forestry. The award aims at senior researchers that are associated with the Southern Mensurationists group and have shaped the forest research of/from the southern region of the USA. Use this link for your nomination: https://form.jotform.us/72176234998166
About this Event
We are excited to announce the call for abstracts for the 2017 SOMENS Conference. The conference will be held at the Hotel Indigo in downtown Athens, Georgia (http://www.indigoathens.com) from Sunday, October 22 – Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended
The call for abstracts is open for the 2017 SOMENS meeting around any area that is related to forestry measurements, modeling, inventory, growth and yield, planning, analysis, etc. We know this is a busy time of year for many. We're extending the abstract submission deadline to Friday, September 22 (same day as the end of the early-bird registration discount). Please email abstracts to the conference organizers; emails listed at the bottom left of the page.

Registration Information
Registration Pricing:

SOMENS Conference Registration
Full Registration
$350 early-bird by 9/22/17; $400 late
Student Registration
$150 early-bird by 9/22/17; $200 late
Field Trip Registration: $30, includes lunch

We’ve tried to keep the student rate low to encourage student participation and presentations. We will have a shorter presentation format for students so that those that are early in their research programs will still have an opportunity to present and get feedback.

Cancellations received on or before Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations after 10/2/17 will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.

Lodging Information:

Hotel Indigo: The Hotel Indigo is in the downtown area of Athens. As described on their website, it is “Where Style and Sustainability Meet” hence the perfect place for a meeting of Biometricians and Mensurationists as we are the forestry equivalent of “Where Style and Sustainability Meet!”

A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate of $109 per night (plus taxes/fees). You must book by 9/22/17 to get this rate. Call the hotel directly (866-808-1483) and reference the SOMENS 2017 Conference (room block code: WAF) or go to their website using this link that has the group code embedded (Hotel Indigo Athens - SOMENS Conference) and click “Book Now” and enter the requested dates 10/22-10/25. If you want to stay longer at that rate, call the hotel directly or email one of us to put you in contact with the sales manager.

Travel: The Atlanta Airport (ATL) is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Athens. No need to rent a car or deal with traffic, there is a reasonably priced shuttle that will take you from the airport terminal directly to the hotel, and then back again. We’ll be at the hotel for the duration of the conference (or within short walking distance for dinner). The shuttle service is provided by Groome Transportation (http://athens.groometransportation.com), be sure to indicate you want drop-off and pickup at the Hotel Indigo.

The Hotel Indigo is in the downtown area of Athens, GA and is adjacent to the main campus of the University of Georgia. The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources is a short walk away (though the meeting will be held entirely at the Hotel Indigo).

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