Robert Jan "Roy" van de Hoek, President
Ballona Institute
Los Angeles, California
June 17, 2014


Robert Jan "Roy" van de Hoek
June 17, 2014
          In 1954, Ross Pohlo departed Chicago with his newly earned B.S. in Geology from the University of Illinois, in order to enter the graduate school at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Ross continued with his geology education for several years as he finally earned a M.S. in Geology in 1958 (1957?) with a thesis of 26 leaves (pages), including a geological map. In the same year as his thesis of 1958, Ross coauthored a 12 page article with his mentor (advisor), Dr. Kern C. Jackson, which was published in the Arkansas Academy of Sciences. This article and his thesis are nearly identical (Stephen Boss, 2014, pers. comm.) Apparently, Kern Jackson was the mentor and advisor for Ross Pohlo on his M.S. thesis. The thesis by Ross Pohlo remains relevant in the current era, since only 13 years ago, his thesis was cited three geologist coauthors (King, King Boss, 2001). The several years in Arkansas from 1954 to 1958 would see Ross taking classes and seminars, culminating in field work to map the a focused region of the geology of Arkansas. I am curious to know who Ross Pohlo may have had for course work in Paleontology, both at Arkansas and at Ilinois because, when he continues with a Ph.D. doctoral program at the University of Chicago, his advisor is a paleontologist interested in bivalve molluscan fossils named Dr. Ralph G. Johnson with a new field of paleobiology and paleozoology emerging at that time. So, when did Ross Pohlo begin to develop an interest in paleontology? In order to earn his B.S. and M.S. in Geology, there likely was a requirement and/or opportunity to take paleontology and advanced invertebrate paleontoloy.
          The Ballona Institute would like to acquire the thesis and dissertation of Ross Pohlo in order for researchers and students to see the evolution of a geologist in the 1950s and 1960s toward marine ecology with a focus on pelecypods (clams) in intertidal wetland soil. We wonder if Ross may donate his M.S. Thesis and Ph.D. Dissertation, as well as a possible senior thesis that he may have been required to complete at the University of Illinois.


Ross H. Pohlo

Department of Geology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Boss, Stephen K. 2014. Pers. Comm. in July 2014 regarding M.S. Thesis of Ross Pohlo and his advisor named Dr. Kern C. Jackson.
Jackson, Kern C. and Ross H. Pohlo. 1958. Geology of a Portion of Prairie Township, Washington County, Arkansas. Journal of Arkansas Academy of Science 12: 31-42.

King, Maria E., Jack T. King, and Stephen K. Boss. 2001. Bedrock Geology and Sea-Level History of Fayetteville Quadrangle, Washington County, Arkasas. Journal of Arkansas Academy of Science 55: 86-96.
Pohlo, Ross H. 1958. Geology of a Portion of Prairie Township, Washington County, Arkansas. M.S. Thesis. 26 p.
Pohlo, Ross. H. 1961. Morphology and Adaptation of Pelecypods. Ph.D. Dissertation, U. Chicago. 87 leaves.