Director of Coral Strategy, Caribbean Division
Joe Pollock is Director of Coral Strategy for The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Division. In this role, he leads a wholistic program to protect and restore coral reefs throughout the Caribbean and to develop scalable solutions to reef decline that can be implemented globally.
Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, 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.
Joe’s dozens of scientific publications have generated international media coverage by BBC World Service, The Guardian, National Geographic, The New York Times, Science and others. His publications have informed policy decisions impacting the marine ecosystems he cares so deeply about and strives to protect.
On the Attack Against Climate Change - The New York Times
Spawning an Intervention - bioGraphic
The Incredible Ways Scientists Are Rebuilding Our Coral Reefs - Mind Body Green
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