Bob Pohlad

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Bob Pohlad

Bob Pohlad Professor of Biology and Horticulture

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

BS, University of Central Florida (1972) - Botany
MS, University of Central Florida (1975) - Biology (Mycology)
PHD, University of Georgia (1978) - Plant Pathology
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Email: bpohlad@ferrum.edu
Office phone: (540) 365-4367
Office: Garber 118
Teaching at Ferrum since: 1978

Thank your for visiting Ferrum College's web page. Please take time to stop by and visit Garber Hall and our great facilities including our Garber Hall Greenhouse, the Ferrum Community Arboretum on campus and Titmus Agriculture Education Center.

Courses taught:

  • Biology 111
  • Plant Science
  • Plant Diseases
  • Introduction to Horticulture
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Plant Propagation
  • Field Botany
  • Edible Wild Plants
  • Healthy Houseplants


Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Middendorf, G. and B. Pohlad. 2014. Ecoliteracy for Ecology and Ecologists: Eroded Underpinnings. Frontiers in Ecology. April 2014: 194-195.
    • Thomas, Carolyn L Smith Mountain Lake Water Quality Monitoring Report 2013 by: Dr. Carolyn L. Thomas, Carol C. Love, Jason D. Powell, Delia R. Heck, David M. Johnson, Bob R. Pohlad, and Maria A. Puccio. Published by the Smith Mountain Lake Association and Ferrum College, January 2014, 108 pages.
    • Thomas, Carolyn L. Bob R. Pohlad. 2013. Doing Justice Through Your Research: Following Your Passion and Creating a Just Society as an Ecologist. ABSTR and presentation at the Ecological Society of America Annual meeting in Minneapolis, MN August 2013
    • Mimi E. Lam and Bob R. Pohlad. 2013. IGNITE SESSION 16: Conversation on the Future of Ecology. Thursday, 8 August 2013, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM 101C, Minneapolis Convention Center at Ecological Society of America 98th Annual Meeting, 4 – 9 August 2013, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    • Phenology and Education, 2013. Chapter 32 PHENOLOGY IN HIGHER EDUCATION: GROUND-BASED AND SPATIAL ANALYSIS TOOLS with K.M.de Beurs, R. Cook, Susan Mazer, Brian Haggerty, Alisa Hove, G.M. Henebry, Elisabeth Beaubien, LoriAnne Barnett, Carolyn L. Thomas and Bob R. Pohlad. Manuscript to be published by International Society of Biometeorology and USA National Phenology Network Advisory Committee, Madison, WI.
    • Simmons, Jeffrey A., Bill Currie, Keith Eshleman, Karen Kuers, Susan Monteleone, Tim Negley, Bob Pohlad and Carolyn Thomas. 2008. Forest to Reclaimed Mine Land Use Change Leads to Altered Ecosystem Structure and Function Ecological Applications 18(1) pp. 104-118. published by the Ecological society of America, Washington, DC


  • Taxonomy, morphology and ecology of saprophytic and pathogenic fungi
  • Watershed ecology
  • Ecology and monitoring of aquatic algae and invasive aquatic plants
  • Technology and Education


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