Entomology 2019 Program Information



Welcome to Entomology 2019 and St. Louis. The meeting’s theme is Advocate Entomology! and the focus is on the innovative things that we can do to promote our science. Think of Entomology 2019 as a platform for you to flex your ento-preneurial muscles, innovate, and advocate.

Our program committee chairs, Rayda Krell and Patti Prasifka, and the entire Annual Meeting Program Committee have planned a fantastic program. The opening session will feature Erica McAlister, dipterist, science communicator extraordinaire, and tireless advocate of all things entomology. We’re excited to have our inaugural Antlion Pit pitch competition Monday afternoon for the teams that have earned their way to the final event. Be sure to attend the Awards Breakfast Tuesday morning, which will include our Founders’ Memorial Lecture. This year our awardee is Walter Leal, who is honoring Thomas Eisner.

The ESA Program Committee, leadership, staff, and I are committed to creating a welcoming meeting environment for all attendees.
At this meeting and indeed all of the time, we remain committed to our core strategic principles:
• ESA has a social responsibility to develop ALL of its members.
• The science of entomology is global; therefore, ESA is global.
• ESA must increase its influence to realize our profession’s full potential.

Our Society depends on all of its members, and we need your leadership now more than ever to help us rethink and reshape entomology. At Entomology 2019, let’s advocate and innovate together for our amazing discipline.

Dr. Robert K.D. Peterson
2019 ESA President


Welcome to St. Louis!

We are thrilled to have you join us for the 67th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America! You are going to love this meeting! From the easy and walkable downtown between hotels, the convention center, and attractions, to the competitive pricing and the many one-of-a-kind (and free!) things to do in St. Louis, you are going to have a vibrant and fun meeting experience

If you notice a different vibe at this year’s meeting, it might be because we have record-breaking student participation. Over 30% of the total presentations in the program are from students! It is exciting to know there is a robust and engaged pipeline for entomology.

Our Society is so fortunate to have deeply dedicated staff and volunteers who have been working over the past year to curate an innovative and invigorating meeting program to support President Bob Peterson’s vision for the Advocate Entomology! theme. This year’s meeting will include everything you know and love about ESA meetings with thought-provoking symposia, skill-development workshops, productive Lunch and Learns, and rich poster sessions. But this meeting will also delight you with new features and surprises!

Sunday evening, the meeting will kick off with a plenary presentation by Erica McAlister, author of The Secret Life of Flies and senior curator at the Natural History Museum in London. Dr. McAlister is an engaging speaker, inspiring scientist, and passionate entomology advocate! Her talk will set the tone for the meeting.

Additionally, Walter Leal will deliver the Founders’ Memorial Award lecture on Monday, November 18, at 7:30 AM to honor Thomas Eisner, the “father of chemical ecology” and another devoted entomology advocate. The lecture, “Tom Eisner: An Incorrigible Entomophile and Innovator Par Excellence,” will highlight Eisner’s legacy.

For the first time ever, the meeting will feature an “ento-preneurial” pitch competition, The Antlion Pit. Marianne Alleyne, the competition leader, crafted guidelines and webinars to guide innovation teams through idea development and pitch preparation. A starting pool of 26 entries competed to make it to the national, live, final pitch, and $10,000 in funding will be awarded to the top pitches to support entomological innovation: a $5,000 Grand Prize, $2,500 for Second Place, and $2,500 for the Audience Favorite— so please participate! Who will make it out of the Antlion Pit to innovate the future of entomology? Come and find out on Monday
afternoon in the final live event—you won’t want to miss this!

Also new this year, the poster session will feature infographics as a special category. This new format encourages the use of highly visual presentations of research or informational material to maximize its impact. This category is open to both student competition participants and regular members. Be sure to check out the infographics in the Exhibit Hall. 

The schedule this year features four program symposia and four program workshops that capture the spirit of this year’s theme.
Below is a summary of these featured events:

Program Symposia:
8:00 to 11:45 AM
Marketing Entomology in the 21st Century: Delivering Knowledge, Changing Attitudes, and Encouraging Action
Organizers: David Onstad and Keri Carstens

1:30 to 5:30 PM
Advocating Diversity Among Entomologists: If Insects Are Diverse, We Should Be, Too!
Organizers: Katelyn Kesheimer, Hannah Penn, Gail Kampmeier, Karen Walker, and Phyllis Weintraub

Program Workshop:
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Program Workshop: From Instars to Adults: Implementing Outreach Activities Across
Different Education Levels and Audiences
Organizers: Lauren Weidner and John Cambridge

Program Workshop:
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Start Advocating Entomology on Social Media!
Organizers: Ryan Gott and Karly Regan

Program Symposium:
1:30 to 5:30 PM
Insect Decline in the Anthropocene
Organizer: David Wagner

Program Workshops:
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
If They’re Laughing, They’re Listening
Organizers: Meaghan Pimsler, Lauren Diepenbrock, and Brian Lovett

1:30 to 5:30 PM
ComSciCon Entomology
Organizers: Sheryl Hosler, Maxwell Helmberger, Laura Kraft, and Kaylee Arnold

Program Symposium:
9:00 AM to 12:20 PM
Working with the Fourth Estate: Building Bridges between Science and the Media
Organizers: Lauren Diepenbrock and Susan Weller

In addition to these featured events, overall there will be more than 2,300 oral presentations and more than 650 posters/infographics! Approximately one-third of these will comprise the Student Competition on Monday, November 18. This year, our excellent convention center space allows us to have all students compete on the same day. Our Student Competition co-chairs, Juang-Horng (JC) Chong and Theresa Pitts-Singer, have done a fantastic job to ensure the competition provides a positive forum for students to share their work. 

While we certainly hope you will make the most of the scientific program, St. Louis has a lot to offer and you might want to take in one of the many local attractions or meeting tours such as the Bayer Research and Development Center tour (free!), Gateway to St. Louis intro tour, tour of the beautiful Forest Park area, and, of course, a History of Brewing tour!

Now get out there and enjoy the meeting!
~ Rayda K. Krell and Patti L. Prasifka, 2019 ESA Program Committee Co-Chairs


America’s Center and the Marriott Grand St. Louis
Located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, the America’s Center Convention Complex is home to four distinct meeting facilities under one roof and will host all Entomology 2019 scientific sessions and plenary and poster presentations.

The Marriott Grand St. Louis Hotel will host ESA committee meetings, evening receptions, and university mixers.

America’s Center Marriott - 701 Convention Plaza
Grand St. Louis Hotel - 800 Washington Avenue

Registration & Information Center
Registration will be held in the Washington Avenue Lobby outside Hall 1 of America’s Center during the following times:

Saturday, November 16 • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 17 • 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Monday, November 18 • 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, November 19 • 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday, November 20 • 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration & Information Center phone number: 314-342-5000
Attendees can pick up their registration materials at the Registration & Information Center. ESA staff members are always available to answer your questions.

Certificates of Presentation and Attendance
Presenters can download and print onsite certificates of presentation and attendance in the Presentation Preview Room (PPR) in Room 106 of America’s Center after their presentation has taken place. For hours of operation of the PPR, please see page 9. Attendees who did not present during Entomology 2019 may request certificates of attendance at the Registration & Information Center. Certificates will also be available for download via the Speaker’s Corner online after the conference ends; a personalized link will be provided after the Annual Meeting.

Code of Conduct
By attending any ESA event, you agree voluntarily to abide by our ethics policy.

Authorship: All authors connected to a presentation and/ or abstract must agree on all information contained in the presentation. Failure of an author to agree to the presentation format and content will lead to the presentation being withdrawn from the conference.

An author who submits a presentation to the Annual Meeting must have intentions of attending, registering, and presenting at the meeting once the submission is accepted into the program. Repeated or consecutive last-minute cancellations by presenters may result in future submissions being denied.

Harassment and Safety: ESA is dedicated to providing a safe, hospitable, and productive environment for everyone attending our events, regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. It is important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is neither healthy nor productive. Accordingly, ESA prohibits intimidating, threatening, or harassing conduct during our conferences. This policy applies to speakers, staff, volunteers, exhibitors and attendees. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference, at the discretion of ESA leadership.

Harassment of ESA participants will not be tolerated in any form. Harassment includes offensive gestures or verbal comments  related to ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, gender, or sexual orientation in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant or exhibitor engages in harassing behavior, ESA leadership may take any action they deem appropriate, ranging from a simple warning to the offender to expulsion from this and future conferences. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact ESA staff who can work with appropriate ESA leadership to resolve the situation.

ESA staff will work with convention center/hotel/venue security and/or local law enforcement, and otherwise assist those experiencing harassment, to enable them to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance and want to make your experience as productive and professionally stimulating as possible.

Expected Behavior:

• Communicate openly with respect and consideration for others, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.
• Avoid personal attacks directed toward other attendees, participants, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, and suppliers/vendors.
• Be mindful of our surroundings and your fellow participants. Alert staff (instructions below) if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
• Respect the rules and policies of the convention center, hotels, contracted facility, or any other venue.
• Request permission from speakers before recording or taking photographs during their presentation, including posters. Turn off any ringers or otherwise disrupting devices during oral or poster sessions.

Unacceptable Behavior:

It is important that our meeting be a place where no attendee or staff is ever belittled, criticized, or made to feel unsafe. The following behavior will not be tolerated:
• Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
• Physical, written, or verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
• Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or national origin; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations; and threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.

Need to file a complaint? Please contact Paula Brantner and Ana Avendano, our onsite and postconference ombudspeople. They can be reached at 240-772-1205 (Paula’s phone) or safeconferences@gmail.com. For any safety concerns, please contact Rosina Romano, ESA director of meetings at 703-593-0222 or any nearby ESA staff.

• All reports are kept confidential to the extent possible. We do not share the names of reporters with leadership when determining next steps.
• You may choose to submit an anonymous report. Please note that while we will keep track of anonymous reports, we cannot act on a single anonymous report without further corroboration.
• All reports are taken seriously and will be investigated.
• We will gather all relevant details and information (verbal or written) from the reporter, the target (if they are not the reporter), and witnesses. Please note that investigations may extend beyond the end of the meeting.
• The outcomes of investigations and subsequent sanctions will not be made public; however, those reporting incidents may request to be informed of the outcome.
• In addition to the actions that may be taken at meetings (as described above), violators of the Code of Conduct will receive written documentation of the actions taken at and following the meeting.

ESA requests that attendees do not take photographs or videos during sessions because they are disruptive to the presenters. If you wish to take photographs of a presentation or poster, please contact the presenter for permission. Any presenters who are OK with sharing their slides are encouraged to indicate this at the beginning of their presentation or use permission icons on their slides or poster.

ESA reserves the right to use photographs and videos taken and testimonials given during any ESA event for informational and promotional purposes.

ESA is providing complimentary wireless internet throughout America’s Center.
Network: ESA2019
Password: #entsoc2019

Mothers’ Rooms
Two private spaces for nursing mothers are available within America’s Center. A Mamava pod is available just outside Room 106, and Room 251 will be set up with private, curtained space. Both rooms will have refrigerators available. To access the Mamava, use the access code posted near the door when it is not in use. ESA also supports all nursing mothers to nurse as needed in all general meeting spaces and nursing in public is protected by Missouri state law.


Uploading Presentations
All presenters are requested to upload their presentations the day before their scheduled session. Presenters may upload and/or preview their presentations in the Presentation Preview Room (PPR) located in Room 106 of America’s Center. Operating hours are as follows:

Saturday, November 16 • 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Sunday, November 17 • 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Monday, November 18 • 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, November 19 • 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday, November 20 • 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Documentary Film Screening: “The Love Bugs”
Tuesday, November 19 • 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Room 223-226, America’s Center

Over the course of 60 years, Lois and Charlie O’Brien—two of the foremost entomologists and pioneers in their field—traveled to over 70 countries and quietly amassed the world’s largest private collection of insects. Charlie was the Indiana Jones of entomology and Lois was his Marion Ravenwood. Their collection is a scientific game-changer, with more than one million specimens and more than 1,000 undiscovered species. But in the past several years, the O’Briens have grappled with the increasingly debilitating effects of Charlie’s Parkinson’s disease and the emotional toll it takes on Lois. Charlie, 85, and Lois, 91, realize that a chapter of exploration and discovery is coming to an end in their lives. But they live in a time when the beleaguered field of science needs them most. And the O’Briens know they need to continue fighting for it—so they turn to their 1.25 million insects for a little help. This humorous and poignant documentary short explores the nature of love—and the love of nature—and what it means to devote oneself completely to both. 

Posters and Infographics
The Program Committee has scheduled three days of posters and infographic sessions for the Annual Meeting. Posters and infographics are numbered sequentially in the program and, where possible, grouped according to ESA Section and subject matter. Authors must display their posters or infographics on the board bearing the same number as that indicated in the program book for each poster.

For Posters within Symposia: You may display your poster 30 minutes prior to the start of the symposium and up to 30 minutes after the end of your symposium. Bring your own Velcro strips to secure your display to the poster board. The poster board is covered with felt cloth and the frame is aluminum. Please do not attach anything to the metal frame.

For Student Competition and Contributed Posters and Infographics: Your poster or infographic must be placed in the assigned numbered space in the Exhibit Hall the night before your poster is scheduled (see “Poster and Infographic Presentation Times” for additional information). Bring your own Velcro strips to secure your display to the poster board. The poster board is covered with felt cloth and the frame is aluminum.
Please do not attach anything to the metal frame.

Poster Presentation Times
For Posters within Symposia: Each symposium has designated a specific time for poster presenters to be present at their posters. Presenters are expected to be available at their displays during the “Poster Session” time slot for questions and discussion. Check your symposium schedule for exact times. 
For Student Competition and Contributed Posters and
: Presenters are expected to be available at their displays during the “Authors Present” time slot for questions and discussion. A cash bar reception area will be set up within the poster and infographic display area during presentation times.

Monday, November 18 (Student Competition):
Setup: Sunday, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Viewing: Monday, 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Authors Present:
Posters/Infographics with odd numbers: 5:30 – 6:00 PM
Posters/Infographics with even numbers: 6:00 – 6:30 PM
Takedown: Monday, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Tuesday, November 19 (Contributed Posters/Infographics):
Setup: Monday, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Viewing: Tuesday, 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Authors Present:
Posters/Infographics with odd numbers: 5:30 – 6:00 PM
Posters/Infographics with even numbers: 6:00 – 6:30 PM
Takedown: Tuesday, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, November 20 (Contributed Posters/Infographics):
Setup: Tuesday, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Viewing: Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Authors Present:
Posters/Infographics with odd numbers: 12:30 – 1:00 PM
Posters/Infographics with even numbers: 1:00 – 1:30 PM
Takedown: 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Removal: Posters and infographics should be removed promptly between 6:30 and 7:30 PM on Monday and Tuesday, and between 2:00 and 3:00 PM on Wednesday. Please do not remove your poster or infographic before the close of the scheduled viewing time. Do not remove poster or infographic numbers from boards. 

Virtual Posters/Infographics
Virtual posters and infographics provide a unique opportunity to view the research of entomologists from across the globe, many of whom are unable to attend the meeting in person. These e-posters/infographics will be positioned in the Exhibit Hall near the printed posters/infographics on large, flat-screen monitors. Attendees will be able to scroll through the virtual posters and infographics throughout the day to view the variety of research taking place around the world.


Opening Plenary Session with Keynote Speaker Erica McAlister
Sunday, November 17 • 5:30 – 7:30 PM
America’s Ballroom, America’s Center

5:30 Introduction of Executive Committee and Introductory Remarks by Robert Peterson
5:40 Presidential Address by Robert Peterson
6:00 ESA Executive Director Remarks by C. David Gammel
6:10 Invitation to ICE 2020 Helsinki. Heikki Hokkanen
6:20 Awards: ESA Honorary Members and Fellows
6:40 Introduction of Plenary Keynote Presenter by Robert Peterson
6:45 Keynote Presentation by Erica McAlister: “Murder, Maggots and Mayhem”
7:30 Adjourn to the Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Erica McAlister studied applied environmental biology for her undergraduate at the University of Manchester in the early 1990s. While there, she was able to undertake two placements, the first at the then-Institute of Terrestrial Biology, where she ran around catching heather beetles on the Dorset Heaths and worked on their Dipteran parasites, followed by a placement at the University of Adelaide, where she worked on ant communities in the South Australian Outback. Her doctorate was in wetland ecological entomology at the University of Roehampton. During her time researching this topic, she turned to the taxonomic expertise that was housed in the Natural History Museum (NHM), London, and volunteered with them after she had completed her thesis. 

After a period of lecturing in ecology, entomology, and biostatistics, mostly at Roehampton but also guest lecturing at various other universities, Erica secured some contract work at NHM. This turned into a maternity cover
position, which in term led to a full-time job in the Diptera Section in 2006, where she is now a senior curator. At the museum, Erica is responsible for the lower Brachycera, the Mycetophilidae, and the Culicidae, and she recently has taken on the Siphonaptera (flea) collection.

Her research work is broad and varied and has included mosquito projects both in the UK and abroad, Asilidae in South Australia, and bat flies (and other Diptera) from Dominica. She also is an avid promoter of museum
collections in the research and development of novel methods for utilizing old specimens for new research. She is a guest lecturer on two different master’s courses and hosts numerous students in the department.

Very much involved with public outreach, Erica has also appeared on TV, radio (including presenting the series “Who’s the Pest?” on Radio 4), and numerous podcasts, and she has given talks at science festivals, international nature fairs, and wildlife organizations, promoting flies and the research undertaken at the museum. She is president of the Amateur Entomology Society (UK) and sits on the committee for the Dipterists Forum (UK) and the International Congress of Dipterology. In 2016, her first book, The Secret Life of Flies, was published—a popular science book introducing flies to a new age; the book has received international acclaim. 

Antlion Pit Competition
Monday, November 18
9:00 – 11:00 AM
Exhibit Hall 1 & 2, America's Center

Meet the finalists of the Antlion Pit before the competition and get a glimpse of what will be presented at the finals. All finalists will exhibit their innovations in the Exhibit Hall and are looking forward to meeting
you and hearing your feedback.

Monday, November 18 • 1:00 – 3:00 PM
America’s Ballroom, America’s Center

Don’t miss out on the inaugural Antlion Pit Competition! It is going to be a thrilling and lively session where six finalists will compete for $10,000 in prize money. Come and be a part of the excitement to see who survives the Antlion Pit! 

ESA Awards Breakfast Featuring the Founders’ Memorial Lecture
Tuesday, November 19 • 7:30 – 8:45 AM
America’s Ballroom, America’s Center

Join us in congratulating all our award winners at this year’s awards breakfast. Help recognize your colleagues and peers for their outstanding achievement. All ESA Professional Awards, ECP Awards, and ESA Certification Corporation winners will be recognized. Complimentary coffee, tea, and breakfast “light bites” will be offered to all attendees.

“Tom Eisner: An Incorrigible Entomophile and Innovator Par Excellence” 

Walter S. Leal is a Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California (UC-Davis), and former chair and professor of the Department of Entomology, UC-Davis. He holds a B.Eng. in chemical engineering (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco), and both M.Sc. in agricultural chemistry
(Mie University) and Ph.D. in applied biochemistry (Tsukuba University)
degrees from Japan. He is the first non-Japanese individual to obtain tenure with the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, and he was head
of the Laboratory of Chemicals Prospecting at the National Institute of Sericultural & Entomological Science. During his tenure in Japan, Leal spent a sabbatical at Cornell with Jerrold Meinwald—Tom Eisner’s longtime collaborator. Along with his “twin brother” and current ESA vice president Alvin Simmons, Leal served as co-chair of the 2016 International Congress of Entomology. He served ESA as president of then-IPMIS (now PBT), secretary and vice chair of then-Section B, and member of various committees. He has been elected to the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and the California Academy of Sciences. Leal is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and ESA Fellow. He also is recipient of the Nan-Yao Su Award, Silver Medal from the International Society of Chemical Ecology, Medal of Science from the Entomological Society of Brazil, Gakkaisho (ESA Fellow equivalent) from the Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology, and the Technology Prize from the Japan Society of Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry. This year, he proudly received the ESA “20-Year-Member” lapel pin.

Student Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, November 19 • 6:30 – 7:30 PM
America’s Ballroom, America’s Center

The winners of the President’s Prize, ESA Student Awards, Student Debates, and Linnaean Games will be recognized. After the conclusion of the program, students are invited to head over to the Student Reception additional information can be found on page 17. 

Closing Plenary Session and Member Town Hall
Wednesday, November 20 • 8:00 – 9:00 AM
America’s Ballroom, America’s Center

Join our Governing Board and top leaders of the Society as we close out Entomology 2019 and hear from Alvin Simmons, ESA’s 2020 president on his vision for the upcoming year. A member town hall forum will take place towards the end of the session. Come and share your thoughts about the future of the society.


Linnaean Games
Preliminary Round: Sunday, November 17 • 1:00 – 3:00 PM
America’s Ballroom, America’s Center

Final Round: Tuesday, November 19 • 5:00 – 6:30 PM
America’s Ballroom, America’s Center

Be sure to check out the Linnaean Games, a “College Bowl”-type competition that is one of the more spirited sessions of our annual meetings. Stop in and cheer on your favorite team!

Student Competition for the President’s Prize
Monday, November 18
Various times and locations, America’s Center

A full list of presentations for all formats of the Student Competition can be found starting on page 91 of the program book. Stop by and show your support for the students!

Student Debates
Tuesday, November 18 • 1:00 – 4:00 PM
America’s Ballroom, America’s Center

Synergisms in Science: Climate Change and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) through the Lens of Communication. All three debates will be interesting, informative, and entertaining. Audience members are welcome to ask
questions at the end of each debate. Come cheer on your favorite team!

Student Reception
Tuesday, November 19 • 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Ballpark Village, 601 Clast Avenue

All registered students and recent graduates are invited to attend— please be sure to have your ID and name badge as proof of registration.

University Entomology Clubs
Club representatives will be available to sell T-shirts and more in ESA’s Exhibit Hall (Exhibit Hall 1 & 2) during normal hall hours.

As of August 2019, the list of clubs participating includes the following:
• C.V. Riley Entomological Society at the University of Missouri– Columbia
• H. Garman Entomology Club (University of Kentucky)
• Michigan State University’s Graduate and Undergraduate Entomology Student Society
• North Carolina State Entomology Graduate Student Association
• Penn State Entomology Graduate Student Association
• Popenoe Entomology Club from Kansas State University
• Texas A&M University Entomology Graduate Student Organization
• The Ohio State University–Entomology Graduate Student Association
• University of California, Riverside–Entomology Graduate Student Association
• University of Maryland Entomology Student Organization
• University of Nebraska–Lincoln


Everyone has the opportunity to network at numerous receptions throughout the week. Monday night is the traditional time for receptions, with no scientific sessions scheduled for the evening.

Early-Career Professionals (ECP) Reception
Tuesday, November 19 • 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Shark Bar at Ballpark Village (601 Clast Avenue)

Join your fellow early-career professionals for an off-site networking event. Connect with other recent graduates to share experiences and advice in navigating ESA and your career.

Monday, November 18 • 8:00 – 10:00 PM
Benton, Marriott Grand

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) and allies are welcome to our reception.

Social Hour with Poster and Infographic Presenters
Join us for Social Hour with Poster and Infographic Presenters each day of the meeting during poster presentation hours in Exhibit Hall 1 & 2. Cash bars will be available.

Monday, November 18
5:30 – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, November 19
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Wednesday, November 20
12:30 – 1:30 PM

Student Reception
Tuesday, November 19 • 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Ballpark Village (601 Clast Avenue)

All registered students are invited to attend—please be sure to have your ID and name badge as proof of registration.

Welcome Reception
Sunday, November 17 • 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Exhibit Hall 1 & 2, America’s Center

You are cordially invited to attend the Welcome Reception on Sunday evening in Exhibit Halls 1 & 2 immediately following the Opening Plenary Session (America’s Ballroom). This is a great opportunity to have time with the exhibitors and colleagues and learn about the latest resources and tools available to entomologists.

Women and Allies in Entomology Breakfast
Monday, November 18 • 6:30 – 7:50 AM
America’s Ballroom, America’s Center
*Fee: $28 for first 150 tickets sold / $33 after the discount is exhausted
*Complimentary for the first 160 student and early-career professional members who arrive to the breakfast event on Monday morning. We are also celebrating the seventh anniversary of student and early-career sponsorship at the breakfast by Corteva Agriscience™. Each year since 1989, a growing group of entomologists (open to all) have met for breakfast to inspire and encourage more women to enter and remain in entomology and science. The
breakfast environment is designed to mix career stages and bridge disciplinary silos to encourage networking, mentoring, and collegiality among established entomologists and those who are students or beginning their careers. The timing of the event, early in the meeting, is crucial to setting a tone that will last throughout the week and beyond. New this year, will be “3 for 3.” We have asked 3 speakers to each share a 3-minute story about being a woman in entomology and what has kept them active and successful, even when faced with challenges.

Our speakers this year will be:
• Dr. Neeta Connally, Western Connecticut State University
• Dr. Ana María Vélez Arango, University of Nebraska
• Dr. Patti Prasifka, Corteva Agriscience™