2021 Southern Mensurationists Meeting

Currently, we are still planning a fully in-person SOMENS meeting in Blacksburg, VA September 19-21. All visitors will now be required to wear a mask in indoor public spaces. Click here for more information on the indoor mask policy.

2021 SOMENS Meeting Booklet (PDF)

A tentative schedule follows:

Sunday, September 19th 12:00 – 7:00: Registration

Monday, September 20th 8:00 – 5:00: General session

Monday, September 20th 5:00 – 6:00: Reception

Monday, September 20th 6:00 – 8:00: Dinner

Tuesday, September 21st 8:00 – 5:00 (if needed): General session

No field trip will be held this year


Lunch will be provided from 12:00 – 1:00 Monday and Tuesday. In lieu of posters, students who have preliminary results are encouraged to submit abstracts for “flash talks” this year. These will be a great opportunity for practice speaking at a conference, even with limited results.


Talks will be shorter this year (20 minutes max with questions) and breaks will be prioritized. We want people to socialize and reestablish connections! As a reminder, please submit abstracts by August 15th to Corey Green.


Virginia Tech has mandated vaccines for all students and has strongly encouraged all faculty and staff to be vaccinated. For more information regarding Virginia Tech’s COVID policies and safety measures, please visit the Virginia Tech Ready site: https://ready.vt.edu/. We strongly encourage all attendees of SOMENS this year to take all safety measures to ensure we have a successful event.


In the event that COVID variants make an in-person gathering not possible, the meeting will be moved to an online environment. Registration fees will be reduced to $75.00. For those who have already registered, you will be refunded the difference.

SOMENS Achievement Award

“SOMENS Achievement Award” honors scientists that 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. The award is given only once to an individual, therefore please do not chose one of the past recipients of the award (below). Click here to submit a nomination.

  • 2019 Chris Cieszewski – UGA
  • 2018 Ralph Amateis – VT
  • 2017 Tom Lynch – OKSU
  • 2016 John Paul Mctague – Rayonier
  • 2015 Quang Cao – LSU
  • 2014 Mike Strub – Weyerhaeuser
  • 2013 Harold Burkhart – VT

Up-Goer Five Contest at 2021 SOMENS

Can you explain a complex idea using only the 1,000 most commonly used words? The SOMENS meeting is holding an Up-Goer Five contest with written entries due by Sept. 13 to Corey Green. The rules are simple. Follow this link to a text editor where you will explain your idea using only the most common words: https://splasho.com/upgoer5/. Once you pass muster with the text editor, send your prose to Corey Green. The winner(s) will be read at the SOMENS meeting and participants must be present to win.


Regular Registration: $350 by 9/13/21; $395 late
Student Registration: Free until 9/8/21; $200 late


901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, Virginia, United States, 24061

A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate of $149 per night (plus taxes/fees). Go to the website using this link that has the group code embedded (The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center online reservations) and click “Book now” on the room type of your choice. The group rate for the hotel expires August 27th. After this date, rooms may still be available but the block and rate isn’t guaranteed. reduced rate rooms will be subject to availability.

Call for abstracts

Abstracts for presentations and posters can be sent to Corey Green. Please include “SOMENS 2021 abstract” in the subject line. Also, be sure to use the email address for which you would like to be contacted as meeting details are finalized. Please send abstracts no later than August 15th and limit the number of oral presentation submissions to one per person.

While the focus of SOMENS is research and application of quantitative methods for managed southern forests, diverse topics related to quantitative forest management are welcomed from all regions and forest systems. Examples include growth and yield modeling, forest inventory, remote sensing applications in forestry, and taper and volume modeling. Other topics such as forest biometrics education, historical perspectives, and calls for future work are also of interest. If you have an idea for a talk and are unsure if it would fit in the program, please don’t hesitate to contact Corey to discuss.