President's Welcome for the 2011 ESA Pacific Branch Meeting

March 27-30, 2011
Waikoloa, Hawaii

"Invasive Species of the Pacific Region"

August 17, 2010

Aloha Pacific Branch and All ESA Members:

It is time to find a surfboard and some new board shorts.  The 95th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America will be in Hawaii next year.  It is being held on the Big Island at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa, HI 96738, March 27-30, 2011.  We have negotiated a special meeting rate of $175 with free parking and free internet.


The theme of this year’s meeting is “Invasive Species of the Pacific Region.”  The 2011 meeting will offer symposia, submitted papers, posters, student paper and poster competitions, and a graduate student symposium.  There will also be presentations by the C.W. Woodworth and John Henry Comstock awardees.  There will be a poolside mixer, Linnaean Games competition, and a Photo Salon., and, of course, the awards luncheon.  Plans are underway for submissions to be made through the national ESA website.

Eleven symposia have been planned so far.  These include:

  • The Increasing Frequency of Tephritid Outbreaks in California:  What Is Going On?
  • Integrated Management Strategies for Alien Predators in Conservation Lands of the Pacific.
  • Prevention, Containment and Management of Invasive Ornamental Pests.
  • Monitoring and Management of the Spotted Wing Drosophila in Cherries and Berries.
  • Hawaiian Insect Diversity at the Frontier of Evolutionary Biology and Conservation.
  • Major Pests in Minor Crops:  Challenges and Strategies in Specialty Crops.
  • Population Perspectives in Insect Ecology:  Models & Data.
  • What's New in Industry?
  • Urban Pest Management:  Foundations and Frontiers.
  • Our Contributions:  How Graduate Student Research Is Improving Integrated Pest Management.
  • Lessons Learned with New Teaching and Research Experiences for Undergrads:  What Worked and What Didn't.

There is still room for 3-4 additional symposia or an opportunity to make a presentation in one of the above symposia. For more information on the program, additional symposia, or an announcement poster, please contact program chairs Victoria Yokoyama ( or Peter Follett (

Rich in history and mythology, Hawaii’s Big Island is a land of stunning contrasts.  It is an island where fiery volcanoes co-exist with snow-capped mountains and ancient stone altars stand alongside modern hotels.  But perhaps one of the most beautiful treasures on the island is the Kohala Coast.  This nine-mile stretch of sunny coast is one of those rare places on earth where reality surpasses expectation.  This will be the end of whale mating season with spectacular viewing all along the coast where the Waikoloa Hilton is located.  Please start making your plans now.  I look forward to seeing you at the 2011 meeting.

Click Here to Register for the 2011 ESA Pacific Branch Annual Meeting.

Best regards,


Roger Vargas
President Pacific Branch
Entomological Society of America


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