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|Rank|| Colonist |
|Era|| Before Landing |
|Affiliation|| Landing |
Pol Nietro was a colonist on Pern. He was a zoologist.
Pol was the head zoologist of the original Pern colony. He came from First Centauri. Along with his future wife, Bay Harkenon, Dr. Nietro carried out the initial evaluation of the dragonets' capabilities.
He was the one who suggested a trade of dead dragonet eggs found by Sean Connell for a gray horse named Cricket. Being the head of large department on First Centauri gave him the background to set up this expedition.
After his bronze dragonet and Bay's gold Mariah had their first mating flight, he and Bay took quarters together.
Creating the Dragons / Dragon Program
Pol and Bay worked beside Kitti to develop the genetic programming that created the dragons.
During the Second Crossing
After the loss of a dragonrider, Pol and Bay helped the grieving dragonriders time how long it took a dragonet to fly between Landing and the camp. To test for a new location, he called a priority message to Brian at Fort Hold. Duke was sent to him and returned to Sorka.