Dr. Pollock is a microbiologist, ecologist and educator working in the field of marine conservation. As a Postdoctoral Scholar at Penn State University, he co-leads the Global Coral Microbiome Project (GCMP), and he is the Founding Director of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in Marine Science (ATSIMS). Dr. Pollock works to develop the knowledge, tools and public will to preserve coral reef ecosystems. This includes addressing fundamental questions about the function, structure and evolution of coral-microbial symbioses - such as the degree to which corals and their microbial partners have co-evolved and the extent to which microbial symbionts contribute to the health and resilience of reef-building corals. Dr. Pollock also aims to understand the factors that increase coral disease susceptibility, which may include host species traits, microbiome properties and/or environmental drivers. Finally, he provides pathways into science for peoples from disparate ethnic, cultural and ideological backgrounds. As the Founding Director of ATSIMS, he empowers indigenous Australians to leverage traditional knowledge and modern technologies to better research and manage the coral reefs they have depended upon for tens of thousands of years.
F. Joseph Pollock

Education & Affiliations

Postdoc '17
Penn State University
Eberly College of Science, Biology

FocusCoevolution of scleractinian corals and their associated microorganisms 

2017 Penn State Postdoc of the Year,

 Ph.D.'15 James 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, University Medal, cum laude

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,
4.0 GPA (4.0 Scale)

Curriculum Vitae

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

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