Dr. Roy Frank Shepherd was awarded the 1996 Western Forest Insect Work Conference (WFIWC) Founders' Award.
Roy Shepherd served as a research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service in Calgary, AB (1952-1970) and Victoria, BC (1970-1991). His research focused on bark beetles, needle miners and defoliators while in Calgary, and on defoliators while in Victoria. In addition to conducting research, Shepherd was responsible for obtaining project funding, hiring staff, and maintaining liason with Ministry of Forests personnel, industry representatives, and Program Directors regarding current research.
Dr. Shepherd authored or coauthored over 100 publications including journal articles, book chapters, special reports, and internal reports, and has given numerous invited presentations. His administrative contributions have included organizing large-scale defoliator suppression programs and coordinating defoliator research in British Columbia from 1970 to 1991. Shepherd produced teaching aids suitable for technical institutes, including "Management of Black Army Cutworms" (1992), which was recognized by the Deputy Minister of Forestry Canada. He has also advised several graduate students including Ben Moody, Gordon Miller, Don Ostaff, Shawn Kranitz, and Jon Sweeney.
Roy Shepherd has devoted most of his working life to research on forest pests. He has not spent much time wondering if he would receive sufficent credit for his endeavors, and has not been concerned about obtaining awards upon completion of specific research projects. He completed his research projects so that the end result would be to the betterment of forestry -- rather than produce many small journal articles, he strived for the complete story. He was and still is willing to discuss current forestry problems with colleagues, students, or the general public.
Although he enjoyed the challenges of research more than those presented by program management, Shepherd accepted responsibilities in both arenas. While in Victoria he conducted several research projects while also coordinating two large spray operations aimed at forest defoliators. His comprehensive theories about the population dynamics of fast-cycling and slow-cycling defoliators (such as Douglas-fir tussock moth and western spruce budworm, respectively) are widely respected by his colleagues.
Adapted from the Founders Award nomination packet by Kathy Sheehan, April 2004.