Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Office: 136 Galvin Life Science Center
Phone: 574-631-9438 (office), 574-631-2874 (lab)
Areas of Expertise
Arctic climate change, disturbance ecology, land use change ecology, land-atmosphere interactions, wetland ecology
Rocha is interested in the biological and environmental controls on ecosystem exchanges of mass and energy at various temporal and spatial scales. His past work has focused on a variety of topics including the influence of clouds on CO2 and water exchange in a northern hardwood forest in Michigan, the physiology of tree growth in an old black spruce forest in Manitoba, Canada, and the environmental and biological controls on energy and mass exchanges in a freshwater marsh in Southern California. Rocha’s current work focuses on characterizing the effects of wildfire on climate forcing and vegetation recovery on the north slope of Alaska, an area of rapid environmental change.