Lawrence Cory, Emeritus

Lawrence Cory, Emeritus


School of Science » Biology
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Brousseau Hall - 104

Phone: 4430
Fax: 376-4027
Mail: P.O. Box 4507


  • Ph.D. Biology, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.
  • A.B. Zoology, University of California, Berkeley

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor of Biology - St. Mary's College of California - Present)


  • Saint Mary's College - Saint Mary's College (1988)
  • Science Faculty Fellow - National Science Foundation Award (1973)
  • Fellow - California Academy of Sciences (1965)

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • BIOLOGY 105: Genetics
  • BIOLOGY 90: Organismal Biology


  • Cory, Lawrence. 1973. Creationism and the Scientific Method, American Biology Teacher, vol. 35, issue 4, pg.223-225
  • Cory, Lawrence, Serate, W. and Fjeld, P. 1971. Environmental DDT and the Genetics of Natural Populations, Nature (London), vol. 229, issue 5280, pg.128-130
  • Cory, Lawrence, Serate, W. and Fjeld, P. 1968. Distribution Patterns of DDT Residues in the Sierra Nevada mountains, American Zoologist, vol. 8, issue 4, pg.815
  • Cory, Lawrence. 1966. A Morphologically Unique Frog Population in an Ecologically Rigorous Environment, American Zoologist, vol. 6, issue 4, pg.532
  • Cory, Lawrence. 1963. Effects of Introduced Trout on the Evolution of Native Frogs in the Sierra Nevada, Proceedings of the XVI International Congress of Zoology, vol. 1963, issue 2, pg.172

Honors, Awards & Grants

  • research grant #CC00256 - U.S. Public Health Service (1967)
    for research on pesticide residues in the Sierra Nevada (1967-1970)
  • National Science Foundation grant - National Science Foundation (1964)
    to support ecological and evolutionary research on the Sierra Nevada mountain frog, Rana muscosa. (1964-1967)


Scholarly Interests: 


  • Research

    Research at present is concerned with the ongoing population reductions and extinctions of amphibians around the world in general and in California in particular, especially in the Sierra Nevada, and the role of environmental pesticides as the main agents of these extinctions.

  • Other Activities

    Dr. Cory has been deeply involved in the study of African Clawed Toads and local salamander reproduction.