Kenneth H Pollock Home
I was born in rural Australia and obtained a B.Sc. degree in Agriculture from the University of Sydney in New South Wales. For my Honours subject I chose Biometrics and began combining Statistics and Biology into a career. In order to obtain further postgraduate training, I attended Cornell University and obtained Masters and Ph. D degrees with theses on new developments in capture-recapture sampling of wildlife and fisheries populations. Thus my interest and focus on ecological applications of statistics began at that early stage of my career. I am an international expert on sampling animal populations. My passion is to work at the interface of biology and statistics to improve the science practiced by fisheries, wildlife and conservation biologists. A key aspect of that is sound postgraduate student education and mentorship. My greatest pleasure comes from seeing students grow and succeed in their academic endeavours.
I was named a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University in 2015.
I am conducting research with students and colleagues in the US and Australia. I am a visiting professor at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.
I am teaching a three credit class AEC 592 Sampling using Thompson (2012) in Fall 2016. This course is suitable for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in ecological, environmental and natural resource disciplines.
Krishna Pacifici and I will teach ST 506 Sampling animal Populations Fall 2017.
My paper joint with Mike Calver and Neil Loneragan on the need for reform of Australian postgraduate education has been published by Australian Zoologist. Our key conclusion is that the current research degree format for the Ph D is not effective for students in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology and coursework should be included. I will be happy to share copies.