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NORTH AMERICAN FOREST GENETICS SOCIETY CONFERENCE

About the meeting

"It seems timely that the discipline now be served by a single society that seeks to coordinate activities among regional groups and develop a strong and unified voice that advocates more effectively for the discipline." -- David Neale



We are pleased to announce that the inaugural meeting of the North American Forest Genetics Society (NAFGS) will be held on June 14-16, 2022 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California.

The inaugural meeting of the NAFGS is designed to be both a strategic session to develop the mission, goals, and functional capacities of the NAFGS as well as invited and short contributed talks. In this way, the NAFGS will be different from the long-standing meetings in North America for the discipline of Forest Genetics (Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference, Western Forest Genetics Association, Canadian Forest Genetics Association).

The leadership of the NAFGS encourages your participation in this first meeting by bringing your ideas and priorities to the development of the first professional society in North America for the discipline of Forest Genetics. We have chosen the Asilomar Conference Grounds near San Francisco as the venue for this event as the beautiful setting and intimacy of the venue greatly facilitates collegial interactions and creativity.

We sincerely hope to see you at Asilomar in June.

David Neale, President
Fikret Isik, Vice President
Nathalie Isabel, Secretary
Jill Wegrzyn, Treasurer

Photo credit: Visitasilomar.com
Asilomar Conference Grounds is located east of what was known as Moss Beach on the western tip of the Monterey Peninsula in Pacific Grove, California. Celebrated as Monterey Peninsula's "Refuge by the Sea" - Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds is a breathtakingly gorgeous 107 acres of ecologically diverse beachfront land.

COVID Precautions

Vaccination. We fully expect all meeting attendees will be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as per US CDC guidelines. An individual is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the final dose in their primary series. See the CDC website here for the definition of fully vaccinated as well as up-to-date recommendations. In addition to CDC-approved vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen), a number of vaccines have been authorized for use by the WHO; see the full list here. If you have not been vaccinated, we ask that you do not attend the NAFGS meeting this year.

Masking. We strongly recommend that attendees wear a mask in all indoor public spaces except when eating or drinking. We strongly recommend that attendees wear the most protective mask possible (e.g. N95 or KN95).

Program

DATETOPIC
June 13
TBDBoard of Directors
June 14NAFGS Meeting - Day 1
7:30-9:00Breakfast
9:00-9:15Opening Remarks
      David Neale (UC Davis)
Invited Talks: Forest Health and Adaptation
9:15-9:35

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Janice Cooke (U Alberta)
Not just lucky: Lodgepole pine survivors of mountain pine beetle outbreaks share a genomic signature for resilience
9:35-9:55

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Jared Westbrook (ACF)
Toward disease resistant and genetically diverse American chestnut populations
9:55Contributed Lightning Talk
10:00-10:30Break
Invited Talks: Forest Health and Adaptation
10:30-10:50

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Pending: Jennifer Koch (US Forest Service)
Resistance to Emerald Ash Borer: Can Breeding Prevent Extinction?
10:50-11:10

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Pending: Richard Sniezko (US Forest Service)
Forest Health: Successes in Breeding for Resistance to Non-native Pathogens and Using Sentinel Trials to Provide Future Information
11:15-12:00Panel Discussion
      Moderator: Jason Holliday (VTech)
12:00-1:00Lunch
1:30-2:00Contributed Lightning Talks
Topical Workshops
2:00-2:15

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Organization
      David Neale
2:15-4:00

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Breakout Sessions
      Genomic and Database Resources
      Breeding and Conservation
4:00-5:00      Group Discussion
5:00-6:00Reception
6:00-700Dinner
7:30-8:30Contributed Talks
June 15NAFGS Meeting - Day 2
7:30-9:00Breakfast
Invited Talks: Genomics and Breeding
8:30-8:50

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Fikret Isik (NC State)
Genomic selection in Forest Trees. Are we there yet?
8:50-9:10

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Ilga Porth (U Laval)
Genomics to the rescue: tackling challenges of forest health and productivity for the Canadian bioeconomy
9:10-9:30

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Pending: Jessica Wright (US Forest Service)
Post-fire reforestation: using genetics to inform the choice of seed source
9:30-10:00Contributed Talks
10:00-10:30Break
Invited Talks: Genomics and Breeding
10:30-10:50

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Omnia Gamal (UBC)
Genomic Selection Overview in Canada: From Proof-of-Concept to Application. Example: Western Red Cedar Breeding Program
10:50-11:10

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Jesus Vargas Hernandez (IMTA)
Adaptive variation in vegetative phenology of tropical forest tree species: the case of Cedrela odorata in southern Mexico
11:15-12:00Panel Discussion
12:00-1:00Lunch
1:30-2:00Contributed Talks
Topical Workshops
2:00-2:15

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Why NAFGS?
      David Neale
2:15-4:00

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Breakout Sessions
      Graduate Education and Training
      International Research Opportunities
      Industry and NGO Collaboration
4:00-5:00      Group Discussion
5:00-6:00Reception
6:00-7:00Dinner
7:30-8:30Contributed Talks
June 16Neale Retirement Symposium
7:30-9:00Breakfast
9:00-9:30Opening Comments
      Nick Wheeler
      Kathie Jermstad
Session One
9:30-9:50      Sally Aitken (UBC)
9:50-10:10      Amanda de la Torre (NAU)
10:10-10:30      TBD
10:30-10:45Break
Session Two
10:45-11:05      Carol Loopstra (TAMU)
11:05-11:25      Patrick Cumbie (Arborgen)
11:25-11:45      Jill Wegrzyn (UConn)
12:00-1:00Lunch
Session Three
1:30-1:50      Pedro Jose Martinez Garcia (CBAS-CSIC)
1:50-2:10      Zeki Kaya (METU)
2:10-2:30      TBD
5:00-8:00Reception and Celebration Dinner

Registration and Accommodations

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See registration and accommodation details here.
Registration Prices
Student: $100
Everyone else: $150
David Neale retirement symposium only: $150
Accommodation prices vary depending on selected options.

Travel Information

Photo credit: Visitasilomar.com
  • By car

    Asilomar is approximately 120 miles south of downtown San Francisco (about 105 miles from San Francisco International Airport) and about 75 miles south of San Jose.
    • Take 101 south to 156 West.
    • Take 156 West to Highway 1 South, through Monterey to the Pebble Beach / Pacific Grove exit, turn right on Holman Highway / 68 West.
    • Stay on Highway 68 West/Holman Highway for 3.5 miles until it becomes a city street called Forest Avenue.
    • Continue on Forest Avenue for about 1 mile and make a left turn onto Sinex Avenue.
    • In just under 1 mile, Sinex Avenue ends right at the front gates to Asilomar
  • Shuttle

    The Monterey Airbus company offers shuttles to Asilomar from San Franciso and San Jose airports

Submit an abstract

Abstract submission is currently closed for NAFGS but you can reach out to nathalie.isabel@canada.ca if you would like to confirm talk space.

NAFGS conference sponsors