Richard Westwood

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Richard Westwood

Environmental Studies and Sciences

  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Environment
  • Forestry
  • Entomology
Areas of Expertise:
  • Biodiversity
  • Endangered Species
  • Entomology
  • Forestry
  • Urban Forestry
Languages Spoken:
  • English
Available To:
  • Appear on radio or TV
  • Provide comment to media
  • Discuss research with industry, government, and others

Richard Westwood is the Chair of the Bioscience MSc Program in the Department of Biology and Chair of Department of Environmental Studies and Science at The University of Winnipeg. He teaches courses in entomology, urban forestry and arboriculture, forest health and protection, research design, and methodology and environmental impact assessment.

His current research focuses on a wide variety of projects including conservation and protection of threatened and endangered butterflies in prairie ecosystems; impacts of forestry activities on butterfly, moth and plant diversity in boreal forests; impacts of climate warming on insect biology and ecology; conservation of insect pollinators in tall grass prairie habitats; and improved tree health management techniques in urban forests and commercial forestry landscapes. He is a co-author of The Butterflies of Manitoba, has published more than 40 scientific papers on his research, and has studied the impacts of natural and human caused disturbances to plant and insect diversity for 40 years.

Media and Research Expert

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Crowdfunding to help endangered butterfly preserve in Manitoba

Collaboration and urgency needed now more than ever to save the poweshiek skipperling  WINNIPEG, MB – Wednesday,  July 19, 2017  —...

City teams up with UWinnipeg for Dutch elm disease research

The City of Winnipeg’s Urban Forestry Branch is collaborating with The University of Winnipeg on a research project to identify and prioritize the...

Spotlight on Environmental Studies and Sciences

Environmental Studies and Sciences combines many different perspectives to understand the changes in our environment. It explores human impacts and...