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Joe Pollock

Director of Coral Strategy, Caribbean Division

North Carolina

  • Areas of Expertise

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

  • Links

    Joe Pollock on Google Scholar


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.

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