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Richard Westwood

Richard Westwood Title: Professor
Phone: 204.786.9053
Office: 4CM55
Building: Centennial Hall (4th floor Mezzanine)
Email: r.westwood@uwinnipeg.ca


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  • ENV 3609/3 Research Design and Methods
  • ENV 3610/3 Research Projects
  • ENV 4611/3 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • BIOL 4475/3 Urban Forestry
  • BIOL 4451/3 Forest Ecosystems Field Course
  • BIOL 4474/3 Forest Health and Protection
  • BIOL 4801/3 Entomology

Research Interests:

Richard Westwood is a Professor in the Environmental Studies and Sciences Dept. and the Biology Dept. His research focuses on a wide variety of environmental issues including conservation and protection of threatened and endangered insects and plants in prairie and boreal forest ecosystems, impacts of commercial forestry activities on forest biodiversity, improved urban tree health and protection techniques in urban forests and management of forest pests in commercial forestry landscapes. 


2022 Dearborn, K., C. Murray and R. Westwood. Ground validation reveals limited applicability of species distribution models for Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae, Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) recovery efforts in Canada. Environmental Entomology. https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvac084.

2022 MacDonald, B., R. Baydack, A. R. Westwood and D. Walker. Predicting emerald ash borer adult emergence and peak flight activity in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2022.846144.

2022 Jaimee Dupot-Morozoff, Richard Westwood and Justis Henault. Assessment of prairie management practices for maintaining habitat quality for the endangered Poweshiek skipperling butterfly in Canada. American Midland Naturalist, 188(1): 74-101.

2021 Olynyk, M., Westwood, R. and N. Koper. Effects of natural habitat loss and edge effects on wild bees and pollination services in remnant prairies. Environmental Entomology.https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvaa186

2020, Seidle, K., Kiss, J., Attanayake, A., DeVink, J., Bedard-Haughn, A., Westwood, R. and Lamb, E. Extent of Dakota skipper, Hesperia dacotae, distribution in southeastern Saskatchewan, Canada.  Journal of Insect Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10841-020-00276-6

2020, Bajeux, N., Arino, J., Portet, S.and Westwood, R. Spread of Dutch Elm Disease in an urban forest.  Ecological Modelling. 438(2):109293 DOI:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2020.109293

2019, Westwood, R., Westwood, A., Hooshmandi, M., Pearson, K., LaFrance, K, and C. Murray.A field-validated species distribution model for the critically imperiled Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek) butterfly in Manitoba, Canada. Conservation Science and Practice.

2019, Westwood, Saunders, D., Westwood, A. and N. Holliday. Effects of tebufenozide on the assemblage of moths (Lepidoptera) in an operational spruce budworm (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) suppression programme. Canadian Entomologist 151: 651–676.

2014, Dearborn, K. and R. Westwood. Predicting adult emergence of Dakota skipper and Poweshiek skipperling (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) in Canada. Journal of Insect Conservation. 18:875–884.

2012, Davila, Y.C., E. Elle, J.C. Vamosi, L. Hermanutz, J.T. Kerr, C.J. Lortie, A.R. Westwood, T.S. Woodcock and A. Worley. Ecosystem services of pollinator diversity: A review of the relationship with pollen limitation of plant reproduction. Botany.  90: 535–543.

2011, Westwood, A.R., C.L. Borkowsky and K. E. Budnick. Seasonal variation in the nectar sugar concentration and nectar quantity in the Western Prairie Fringed Orchid, Platanthera praeclara (Orchidaceae). Rhodora. 113: 201-121.

2010, Westwood, A.R. and D. L. Blair. Effect of regional climate warming on the phenology of butterflies in boreal forests in Manitoba, Canada. Environmental Entomology. 39(4): 1122-1133.