Dr. Pollock joined the Geology faculty in 2008, her interests include mid-ocean ridges, igneous geochemistry/petrology/mineralogy, solid earth processes, geoscience education.


  • B.S., Marshall University 2001
  • Ph.D., Duke University 2007
Courses Taught
  • ESCI 10500: Geology of Natural Nazards
  • ESCI 20500: Earth Materials
  • ESCI 33000: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • ESCI 33500: Geochemistry
  • FYS – Beyond Broken Bones: Non-Medical Applications of X-ray Methods
Independent Study Advising
  • Olivia Hall (2019) “America’s Best Idea: Arguing for Bears Ears National Monument Through Leopold’s Land Ethic”
  • Simon Crawford-Muscat (2019) “Petrogenesis of Bræðravirki ridge, Western Iceland”
  • Ric Reynolds (2019) “Palagonite alteration and stratigraphy on a subglacial tephra cone, Undirhliðar ridge, southwest Iceland”
  • Eve Caudill 2018: “A Morphological Study of Pillow Lavas: Generating new data on submarine pillows along the 8°20′ N Seamount Chain”
  • Michael Craigmile 2018: “Climate change and GLOFs: A Multi-Locational Meta-Analysis on the Peak Discharge and Flood Volume of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods”
  • Cole Jimerson 2018: “River Development and Incision on Dominica, West Indies”
  • Benjamin Kumpf 2018: “The Effects of Low-Molecular-Weight Organic Ligands on Gallium and Aluminum Mineral Weathering and Soil Sorption”
  • Willis, K.V.**, L. Srogi, T. Lutz, F.C. Monson, and M. Pollock, 2017, Phase composition maps integrate mineral compositions with rock textures from the micro-meter to the thin section scale: Computers & Geosciences, v. 109,  p. 162-177,  doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2017.08.009.
  • Nicholson, B.A.*, M. Pollock, C.J. Ketcham, H.M. Fitz Gibbon, E.D. Bradley, and M. Bata, 2017, Beyond the mentor-mentee model: A case for multi-mentoring in undergraduate research: Perspectives on Undergraduate research, v. 6.1, http://blogs.elon.edu/purm/2017/10/26/beyond-the-mentor-mentee-model-a-case-for-multi-mentoring-in-undergraduate-research-purm-6-1/.
  • E.D. Bradley, M. Bata, H.M. FitzGibbon, C. J. Ketcham, B.A. Nicholson*, and M. Pollock, 2017, The structure of mentoring in undergraduate research: Multi-mentor models: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, Winter 2017, v. 1(2), p. 35-42, doi: 10.1883/spur/1/2/12.
  • Pollock, M., B.R. Edwards, S. Hauksdóttir, *R. Alcorn, *L. Bowman, (2014). Geochemical and lithostratigraphic constraints on the formation of pillow-dominated tindars from Undirhlíðar quarry, Reykjanes Peninsula, Southwest Iceland, Lithos, 200-201, 317-333, doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2014.04.023.
  • Judge, S., M. Pollock, G. Wiles, and M. Wilson, (2012). Mentored undergraduate research in the geosciences, Eos Trans. AGU, 93(36), 345-346, doi:10.1029/2012EO360001.
  • Pollock, M., (2011). Role of technology in undergraduate research in the geosciences: a rapidly changing landscape, On The Cutting Edge – Undergraduate Research as a Teaching Practice.
  • Srogi, L., T. Lutz, L.D. Dickson, M. Pollock, K. Gimson, and N. Lynde, (2010). Magmatic layering and intrusive plumbing in the Jurassic Morgantown Sheet, Central Atlantic Magmatic Province, in Fleeger, G.M., and Whitmeyer, S.J., eds., The Mid-Atlantic Shore to the Appalachian Highlands: Field Trip Guidebook for the 2010 Joint Meeting of the Northeastern and Southeastern GSA Sections: Geological Society of America Field Guide 16, doi:10.1130/2010.0016(04).
  • Pollock, M.A., E.M. Klein, J.A. Karson, and D.S. Coleman, (2009). Compositions of dikes and lavas from the Pito Deep Rift: Implications for crustal accretion at superfast spreading centers, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, B03207, doi:10.1029/2007JB5436.
  • Heft, K.L., K.M. Gillis, M.A. Pollock, J.A. Karson, E.M. Klein, (2008). Role of upwelling hydrothermal fluids in the development of alteration patterns at fast spreading ridges: Evidence from the sheeted dike complex at Pito Deep, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 9, 5, doi:10.1029/2007GC001926.
  • Pollock, M.A., E.M. Klein, J.A. Karson, and M.A. Tivey, (2005). Temporal and spatial variability in the composition of lavas exposed along the Western Blanco Transform Fault, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 11, 6, doi:10.1029/2005GC001026.
Professional Affiliations
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Geological Society of America (GSA)
  • Council on Undegraduate Research (CUR)