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Dr. Raymond P. Poincelot

Professor of Biology


Dr. Raymond Poincelot earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Case-Western Reserve University in 1970. He has been at Fairfield University since 1977. His current rank is professor of Biology. Ray served as Chair of the Biology for 13 years. Since 1988, he has served as University Safety Officer, Chemical Hygiene Officer, and Radiation Safety Officer. He was the founding director of the Environmental Science Program. Ray served as Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences (2003-2007), and as Interim Dean for 2007-2008. As Associate Dean, Ray worked with the sciences on grant applications, hires, facility improvements, and enhancement of the environmental science programs. As Interim Dean, Ray hired 12 faculty, created an endowed Science Institute, and oversaw the College Board's focus on new directions, global diversity and the environment. Other professional activities include Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture from 1990-2008. In addition, Ray authored five books, co-edited three books, and wrote over 70 other publications dealing with agriculture, horticulture and the environment. His most recent book is Sustainable Horticulture: Today and Tomorrow (2003) by Prentice Hall. His publications have appeared in Plant Physiology, Compost Science, Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, Journal of Home & Consumer Horticulture, Horticulture, HortScience, New York Times, and Organic Gardening. In 1995, Ray received the National Publications Award from the American Horticultural Therapy Association for his co-edited  book: People-Plant Relationships. From 1997 through 1999, he was also a grant reviewer for the Northeast Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, a division of the USDA.