Dr. Merle Shepard, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Entomology
Coastal Research and Education Center, Charleston, SC
1966 Middle Tennesee State University, BS - Biology
1968 University of Georgia, MS - Entomology
1971 Texas A&M University, Ph.D. - Entomology
Dr. Shepard’s research program includes developing alternatives to chemical pesticides, including the use of microbial agents such as insect viruses and plant-derived materials to prevent the breakdown of these biological control agents. Other research involves sustainable development of heirloom crops such as Carolina Gold Rice. Along with Dr. Anna McClung and Dr. Gurdev Khush, he recently released a new variety of rice called ‘Charleston Gold’. Recently published a book entitled “Common Insects of the South Carolina Lowcountry”, with Dr. Edward Farnworth and Mr. Keith McCullough. Supported by a grant from the United States Agency for International development, Dr. Shepard, and others on the IPM team, carry out farmer participatory research in Indonesia, the Philippines and Cambodia on integrated pest management in fruits and vegetables focused on developing alternatives to chemical pesticides.