Gene Spears
  • Gene Spears
  • Interim Dean of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Professor of Biological Sciences

  • Email:
  • Phone: 828.898.8744
  • Office: Bowman Building, Office 218
  • Department: Academics


BA, University of North Carolina at Asheville
MS, PhD, University of Florida at Gainesville

Common Courses Taught

General Botany
Introduction to Ecology
Conservation Biology

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

As an undergraduate at UNC-Asheville, I became interested in ecology and systematics. I studied predation on colubrid (non-venomous) snakes for my Masters degree and pollination biology for my Dissertation, both at the University of Florida.

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

I have been the chair of science/math for many years, but as of 2016 am returning to full-time teaching duties in the wildlife biology and biology programs.

Personal Interests

I'm an avid reader of fiction, and enjoy the works of Patrick O'Brian, Jack Vance and H.P. Lovecraft, among others.