I spent most of my childhood in Charleston, West Virginia, exploring the hills and valleys of the Appalachian Mountains. After high school, I moved to the bluegrass paddocks of Lexington, Kentucky where I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After a year of exploration, including time as a snowboard coach in Lake Tahoe, California and research fellowships in Panama and Hawaii, I enrolled in a Masters program in Marine Science at the College of Charleston. A Fulbright Postgraduate Fellowship allowed me to travel to Townsville, Australia to undertake my Masters research on coral disease at James Cook University (JCU) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). I found coral disease research to be an extremely timely, consequential and academically stimulating topic. So, following the completion of my conjoint Masters degree, I returned to Townsville to undertake a joint PhD through AIMS and JCU. My PhD research focused on understanding the drivers of coral disease on Indo-Pacific coral reefs. I recently commenced a postdoctoral fellowship at Penn State University where I will explore global patterns of coevolution between scleractinian corals and their associated microbes.
F. Joseph Pollock

Education & Affiliations

Postdoc '16 
Penn State University
Eberly College of Science, Biology

FocusCoevolution of scleractinian corals and their associated microorganisms 

 Ph.D.'15James Cook University & 
Australian Institute of Marine Science

Marine and Tropical Biology

ThesisUnderstanding white syndrome coral disease in the Indo-Pacific.
Keith Murdoch Fellowship, Lizard Island Research Fellowship
College of Charleston & James Cook University
Marine Biology

ThesisPhylogeography and qPCR-based detection of the coral pathogen Vibrio coralliilyticus.
Fulbright Scholarship, Marine Genomics Fellowship, 
4.0 GPA (4.0 Scale) 
 B.Sc.'06 University of Kentucky

Honors in Biology, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude,
3.97 GPA (4.0 Scale)

Curriculum Vitae

        Email: FJPollock ‘at’
Phone: +1 (304) 546-2341

 Postal Address:
208 Mueller Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802 USA