Robert Jan "Roy" van de Hoek, Ballona Institute President & Marine Scientist, Los Angeles, CA /////
June 17, 2017
         Ross Henry Pohlo, Jr., with his roots in Sweden, was born in 1931, growing up in urban Chicago, Illinois. Living so far from the sea could have stopped Ross from becoming a marine ecologist, not unlike what Joel Hedgpeth wrote about Ed Ricketts, another California marine ecologist that also grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Ross studied for a Geology B.S. degree (1950-1954) at the University of Illinois and a M.S. degree at the University of Arkansas (1955-1958). And Ross earned a Ph.D in Paleozoology at the University of Chicago (1959-1961). In 1962, Ross visited Kristineberg Zoological Station in Sweden and then came to California in 1963 as a Sverdrup Post-doctoral Fellow at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. In the bibliography of Ed Ricketts' book (tome!), Between Pacific Tides, 4th edition, Joel Hedgpeth (1968:521) cited 4 clam articles by Ross Pohlo, with a pithy comment on jacknife clam ecology: "Not a deposit, but a suspension feeder." And then in the 5th edition, David Phillips (1985:570) cited 6 clam articles by Ross stating: "Concludes that, Nuttallia is a nonselective suspension feeder." In 1963, Ross is an assistant professor at San Fernando Valley State College. Ross is an associate professor in 1968 and a full professor in 1971. In 1972, Ross mentored Hugh Ellis on his M.S. thesis on marine clam ecology (Protothaca staminea), at Ballona Lagoon (near New Amsterdam Canals in Venice by Marina Del Rey). Also, Ross was on committees of all Earl Segal M.S. students (William Brewer, Carla Bowman, Raymond Wells, Joseph Frantz, Kevan Main, Joseph Johnson). In 1995, Ross retired after 32 years at CSUN, residing by the sea in Marina Del Rey, and teaching at two coastal colleges for another 17 years. Ross has a son and daughter with Swedish names: Erik Andres & Karin Ann.
Annotated Chronological & Historical Bibliography of Ross Henry Pohlo Jr.
1958: M.S. Thesis, 28p. University of Arkansas. Ross Pohlo studied Arkansas historical geology.
1961: Ph.D. Thesis, 87p. University of Chicago. Ross Pohlo studied clam ecology & adaptations.
1962: Journal of Geology 70 (2): 505-506. Book review, Search for the Past, written in Sweden.
1963. Veliger 6 (2): 98-104. Studied Siliqua patula & Solen rosaceus at Scripps in La Jolla, CA.
1964. Malacologia 1 (3): 321-330. Ecology study of 43 Tresus nuttallii at Tomales Bay, California.
*1966. Veliger 8 (4): 225. Tagelus californianus & Macoma nasuta in soils at 4 California wetlands.
1967. Veliger 9 (3): 330-337. Donax gouldi ecology study at San Diego, LA, & Estero Beach, Baja.
*1969. Malacological Society of London 38: 361-364. Clam ecology critical review by Earl Segal.
1972. Veliger 14 (3): 298-301. Nuttallia nuttallii study at Newport Bay & Mugu Lagoon.
*1973. Malacologia 12 (1): 1-11. Tagelus californianus & Florimetis obesa at Mugu & Newport.
1982. Journal of Molluscan Studies 48 (3): 245-256. Analyzed Tellinacean (clam) evolution.
NOTE: Asterisk "*" indicates Ballona Instute has original reprint!