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Philip Rock

Philip Rock

Professor of Biology and Chair of the Biology Department

Degrees Held

B.S., Nasson College
Ph.D., Rutgers University

Office Location: Blocker 7
Phone: 757-455-3382
Department/s: Biology

I am a microbiologist by degree.  I also teach: genetics, cell and molecular biology and a senior class on fermentation.  I have maintained the VWC worm farm for many years, using scraps from the dining hall to produce quality vermicompost.  My research interests are varied.  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

A Way with Worms

Nickol, B.B., C.A. Fuller, and P. Rock. 2006. Cystacanths of Oncicola venezuelensis (Acanthocephala: Oligacanthorynchidae) in Caribbean Termites and Various Paratenic Hosts in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Journal of Parasitology 92:539-542.

Fuller, C.A., Rock, P., Philips, T.J. 2003. Behavior, Color Changes and Predation Risk Induced by Acanthocephalan Parasitism in theCaribbean Termite Nasutitermes acajutlae, Caribbean Journal of Science 39: (1):128-135.

Wesleyan Welcomes High School Biology Students

Honors students from Nansemond-Suffolk Academy study microscopy at VWC on Oct. 29

My office hours vary by semester.  Please contact me at 455 3382 or via email:, should you wish to meet with me.