Office Hours fall 2015

  • Monday 1230-120
  • Wednesday 1230-120
  • Thursday 100-150
  • Friday 1030-1120


  • Forest Ecology
  • Quaternary Plant Ecology
  • Dynamics of Tree-Line Communities and Rates of Vegetation Change

Ray Spear

Professor of


Integrated Science Center 256
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Dr. Spear has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1992.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D. in Ecology, University of Minnesota, 1981
  • M.S. in Biology, Yale University, 1976
  • M.A. in Botany, University of North Carolina, 1976
  • A.B. in Biology, Hamilton College, 1972
Fall 2015 Classes

BIOL 105:
Contemporary Biology

    Biology applied directly to contemporary personal, social, and environmental problems; the biological problems evolving from technology; and current suggestions offered by leading biologists on solvin
    g these problems. To receive credit for the Natural Science Core, students must also take the laboratory BIOL 106. Corequisite: BIOL 106. Offered every fall
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BIOL 106:
N/Contemporary Biology Lab

    Laboratory studies in Contemporary Biology. Experiments are directed toward understanding current issues in biology such as those concerned with genetics, development and neurobiology. Emphasis is o
    n the practical use of the methods of science. Corequisite: BIOL 105 or permission of instructor. Offered every fall
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BIOL 117:
Gen Biol:Cells,Genetics,Evol

    An introductory course in the biological sciences covering cells, information coding and transfer, evolution, and diversity of unicellular organisms. This course will emphasize examples from both the
    plant and animal kingdoms using an integrated approach. Counts for general education only when taken with BIOL 116. Intended for science majors and other well-prepared students. Prerequisites: High School biology and chemistry. Offered every fall
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BIOL 204:
Ecology Laboratory

    Selected laboratory research projects in levels of ecological organization from organisms to populations, communities, and ecosystems. Restricted to pre-biology majors, majors, and minors. Prerequisit
    es/Corerequisite: BIOL 203.
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