Dr. Carol A. Pollio, Ph.D.
Chief of Natural Resources and Science
Dr. Carol A. Pollio is the Chief of Natural Resources and Science for the National Capital Region and the manager of the Center for Urban Ecology (CUE). Dr. Pollio, assigned to CUE in 2011, manages a staff of highly skilled technical experts in a variety of natural resources disciplines.
In her previous position, she served as Science Advisor for the US Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region Ecological Services Program. She supervised 13 Ecological Services field offices from Virginia to Maine. She also served 5 years in the USFWS Washington Office, gaining experience in fisheries and aquatic resources management, education and outreach, and habitat restoration at the national policy level. She was with the USFWS for 10 years.
Before returning to the National Park Service, Dr. Pollio had spent 24 years with the agency, primarily in field positions, including positions in natural resources management, federal law enforcement, and wildland and structural firefighting. She was assigned to 6 parks and the North Atlantic Regional Office, including national park units in VA, WV, NC, NJ, and MA.
Dr. Pollio’s expertise includes abandoned mine reclamation, environmental contaminant remediation, aquatic ecology and fisheries management, herpetology (with an emphasis in amphibian community structure), and aquatic habitat restoration. She has conducted scientific research, inventory and monitoring, and published her results in several peer-reviewed journals.
For more than 29 years, Dr. Pollio has actively served in the US Coast Guard Reserve. Now a Commander, she was activated in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and deployed to the Gulf Oil Spill in 2010 as the Liaison Officer to Santa Rosa County, Florida. As a member of a deployable CG unit for 7 years, she traveled to Portugal, Turkey, and Panama to conduct foreign port security exercises.
Dr. Carol Pollio received a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University, a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Marshall University, and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from Rutgers University.