A 1972 graduate of Cherokee Washington High School, Royer serves all of Oklahoma as Integrated Pest Management program coordinator for OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The division is comprised of the college and two statewide agencies: the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station system and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.
"Throughout my career, I have been committed to the philosophy of integrated pest management," Royer said. "IPM is vitally important because it affects so many aspects of Oklahoma life, from urban homeowners and business operators to agricultural producers who must be competitive and use every tool available to them while also providing for sustainability of our state's natural resources."
Royer serves as OSU Cooperative Extension entomologist for small grains in addition to his duties as IPM coordinator. In addition, he conducts research on small grains insect pest management, cereal aphid biology, sorghum insect pest management, turf insect pest management, insecticide efficacy, sampling, injury thresholds and insect-plant interactions.
He joined the OSU faculty in 1997 as an assistant professor in the department of entomology and plant pathology. He was promoted to associate professor in 2003. Royer is a member of the division's Wheat Improvement Team, a multi-disciplinary group of faculty and staff members working together to develop new, improved varieties of wheat that enhance Oklahoma's wheat industry.
His professional activities include the Entomological Society of America, Society of Southwestern Entomologists, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, Oklahoma Golf Course Superintendents of America, Oklahoma Turfgrass Research Foundation and Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association.
Prior to joining OSU, Royer worked as an area IPM specialist with the University of Illinois in Collinsville, Ill., and as a research associate with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station in Weslaco.
Royer earned his bachelor's degree in fisheries and wildlife from Iowa State University in 1978, his master's degree in entomology from South Dakota State University in 1983 and his doctoral degree in entomology from Texas A&M University in 1991.
He and his wife of 25 years, Joleen, have two children: daughter Kelly, 19, and son Kevin, 16.