Director of Coral Strategy for TNC's Caribbean Division
Dr. Joseph Pollock - Director of Coral Strategy for TNC's Caribbean Division © Marjo Aho

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Joe Pollock

Coda Fellow, Hawaii and Palmyra Divisions

North Carolina

  • Areas of Expertise

    Coral reef ecology, ecosystem services, climate change adaptation, coastal habitat restoration

  • Links

    Joe Pollock on Google Scholar

Biography

Dr. Joe Pollock is a Coda Fellow* for The Nature Conservancy’s Hawaii and Palmyra Divisions. In this role, he leads the development of the Reef Resilience Monitoring Plan through engagement with key partners, including NOAA, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Stanford University, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Prior to his Coda Fellowship, Joe was the Director of Coral Strategy for The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Division, where he led a wholistic program to protect and restore coral reefs throughout the region and to develop scalable solutions to reef decline that can be implemented globally.

Joe received master’s and PhD degrees in marine science from James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. He was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Penn State University, where he co-led the Global Coral Microbiome Project and is currently an adjunct professor. He also founded Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in Marine Science, an award-winning program providing science career pathways for Indigenous students.


* The Nature Conservancy's Coda Global Fellows Program mobilizes staff expertise to meet the organization's greatest global needs.


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View Joe's Google Scholar Profile for a full list of publications.

Pollock FJ, Morris PJ, Willis BL, Bourne DG (2010) Detection and quantification of the coral pathogen Vibrio coralliilyticus by real-time PCR with TaqMan fluorescent probes. Appl Environ Microbiol 76:5282-5286.

Pollock FJ, Wilson B, Johnson WR, Morris PJ, Willis BL, Bourne DG (2010) Phylogeny of the coral pathogen Vibrio coralliilyticus. Environmental microbiology reports 2:172-178.

Pollock FJ, Morris PJ, Willis BL, Bourne DG (2011) The urgent need for robust coral disease diagnostics. PLoS pathogens 7:e1002183.

Cohen Y, Pollock FJ, Rosenberg E, Bourne DG (2013) Phage therapy treatment of the coral pathogen Vibrio coralliilyticus. Microbiologyopen 2:64-74.

Pollock F, Katz S, Bourne D, Willis B (2013) Cymo melanodactylus crabs slow progression of white syndrome lesions on corals. Coral Reefs 32:43-48.

Katz SM, Pollock FJ, Bourne DG, Willis BL (2014) Crown-of-thorns starfish predation and physical injuries promote brown band disease on corals. Coral Reefs:1-12.

Pollock FJ (2014) Understanding the drivers of white syndrome coral diseases on Indo-Pacific reefs. James Cook University.

Pollock FJ, Lamb JB, Field SN, Heron SF, Schaffelke B, Shedrawi G, Bourne DG, Willis BL (2014) Sediment and turbidity associated with offshore dredging increase coral disease prevalence on nearby reefs. PLOS one 9:e102498.

Pollock FJ, Wood-Charlson EM, van Oppen MJ, Bourne DG, Willis BL, Weynberg KD (2014) Abundance and morphology of virus-like particles associated with the coral Acropora hyacinthus differ between healthy and white syndrome-infected states. Marine Ecology Progress Series 510:39-43.

Bourne DG, Ainsworth T, Pollock FJ, Willis B (2015) Towards a better understanding of white syndromes and their causes on Indo-Pacific coral reefs. Coral Reefs 34:233-242.

Pollock FJ, Krediet CJ, Garren M, Stocker R, Winn K, Wilson B, Huete-Stauffer C, Willis BL, Bourne DG (2015) Visualization of coral host–pathogen interactions using a stable GFP-labeled Vibrio coralliilyticus strain. Coral Reefs 34:655-662.

Wada N, Pollock FJ, Willis BL, Ainsworth T, Mano N, Bourne DG (2016) In situ visualization of bacterial populations in coral tissues: pitfalls and solutions. PeerJ 4:e2424.

Page C, Field S, Pollock FJ, Lamb J, Shedrawi G, Wilson S (2017) Assessing coral health and disease from digital photographs and in situ surveys. Environmental monitoring and assessment 189:18.

Pizarro V, Rodríguez SC, López-Victoria M, Zapata FA, Zea S, Galindo-Martínez CT, Iglesias-Prieto R, Pollock J, Medina M (2017) Unraveling the structure and composition of Varadero Reef, an improbable and imperiled coral reef in the Colombian Caribbean. PeerJ 5:e4119.

Pollock FJ, Katz SM, van de Water JA, Davies SW, Hein M, Torda G, Matz MV, Beltran VH, Buerger P, Puill-Stephan E (2017) Coral larvae for restoration and research: a large-scale method for rearing Acropora millepora larvae, inducing settlement, and establishing symbiosis. PeerJ 5:e3732.

Pollock FJ, Wada N, Torda G, Willis BL, Bourne DG (2017) White syndrome-affected corals have a distinct microbiome at disease lesion fronts. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 83:e02799-02716.

Thompson LR, Sanders JG, McDonald D, Amir A, Ladau J, Locey KJ, Prill RJ, Tripathi A, Gibbons SM, Ackermann G (2017) A communal catalogue reveals Earth’s multiscale microbial diversity. Nature 551:457.

Mansour JS, Pollock FJ, Díaz-Almeyda E, Iglesias-Prieto R, Medina M (2018) Intra-and interspecific variation and phenotypic plasticity in thylakoid membrane properties across two Symbiodinium clades. Coral Reefs 37:841-850.

Pollock FJ, McMinds R, Smith S, Bourne DG, Willis BL, Medina M, Thurber RV, Zaneveld JR (2018) Coral-associated bacteria demonstrate phylosymbiosis and cophylogeny. Nature communications 9:4921.

Raina J-B, Eme L, Pollock FJ, Spang A, Archibald JM, Williams TA (2018) Symbiosis in the microbial world: from ecology to genome evolution. Biology open 7:bio032524.

Roitman S, Pollock FJ, Medina M (2018) Coral microbiomes as bioindicators of reef health. In: Population Genomics. Springer.

Wada N, Ishimochi M, Matsui T, Pollock FJ, Tang S-L, Ainsworth TD, Willis BL, Mano N, Bourne DG (2019) Characterization of coral-associated microbial aggregates (CAMAs) within tissues of the coral Acropora hyacinthus. bioRxiv:576488.