Assistant Professor

Adrian Rocha

Post-doctoral Researcher, Marine Biological Laboratory
Ph.D. Earth Systems Science, University of California, Irvine
M.S. Environmental Science, Ohio State University

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Dr. Adrian Rocha (Ph.D. UC-Irvine) joined the Biology faculty in 2012 as an Assistant Professor. 

I am interested in the biological and environmental controls on ecosystem exchanges of mass and energy at various temporal and spatial scales.  My work utilizes a variety of tools including eddy covariance, remote sensing, and ground-based measures of ecosystem physiology to address these topics.  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.  My current NSF 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.


Barrett, K., A.V. Rocha, M.J. van de Weg, and G. Shaver (2012) Vegetation shifts observed in arctic tundra 17 years after fire. Remote Sensing Letters, In press. PDF

Potts, D.L., K.N. Suding, G. Winston, A.V. Rocha, and M.L. Goulden (2012) Ecological effects of experimental drought and prescribed fire in a southern California coastal grassland. Journal of Arid Environments, In press. PDF

Zhuosen, W., C.B. Schaaf, M.J. Chopping, A.H. Strahler, M.O. Roman, A.V. Rocha, C.E. Woodcock, and Y. Shuai (2012) Evaluation of Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) snow albedo products over tundra. Remote Sensing of Environment. 117, 264-280. PDF

Peters, D.P.C., A.E. Lugo, F.S. Chapin III, S.T.A. Pickett, M. Duniway, A.V. Rocha, F.J. Swanson, C. Laney, and J. Jones (2011) Cross-system comparisons elucidate disturbance complexities and generalities. Ecosphere. 2(7):81, doi: 10.1890/ES11- 00115.1. PDF

Bijoor, N.S., D.E. Pataki, A.V. Rocha, M.L. Goulden (2011) The application of δ18O and δD for understanding water pools and fluxes in a Typha Marsh. Plant, Cell, and Environment. 34(10):1761-1775. PDF

Rocha, A.V. and G.R. Shaver (2011) Post-fire energy exchange in arctic tundra: the importance and climatic implications of burn severity. Global Change Biology. 17(9): 2831-2841, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02441.x. PDF

Boelman, N.T., A.V. Rocha, and G.R. Shaver (2011) Understanding burn severity sensing in Arctic tundra: Exploring vegetation indices, sub-optimal assessment timing and the impact of increasing pixel size. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 1- 24. doi:10.1080/01431161.2011.611187. Abstract

Loranty, M.M., S.J. Goetz, E.B. Rastetter, A.V. Rocha, G.R. Shaver, E.R. Humphreys, and P.M. Lafleur (2011) Scaling an instantaneous model of tundra NEE to the Arctic landscape. Ecosystems. 14:1, 76-93, doi:10.1007/s10021-010-9396-4. PDF

Rocha, A.V. and G.R. Shaver (2011) Burn severity influences post-fire CO2 exchange in arctic tundra. Ecological Applications. 21:2, 477-489, doi:10.1890/10-0255. PDF

Goulden, M.L., A. McMillan, G. Winston, A.V. Rocha, K.L. Manies, J.W. Harden, and B.P. Bond-Lamberty (2011) Patterns of NPP, GPP, Respiration, and NEP during boreal forest succession. Global Change Biology. 17, 855-871, doi: 10.1111/j.1365- 2486.2010.02274.x. PDF

Rocha, A.V. and M.L. Goulden (2010) Drought legacies influence the long-term carbon balance of a freshwater marsh. JGR-Biogeosciences. 115, G00H02, doi:10.1029/ 2009JG001215. PDF

Rocha, A.V. and G.R. Shaver (2009) Advantages of a two band EVI derived from solar and photosynthetically active radiation fluxes. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 149:1560-1563, doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2009.03.016. PDF

Rocha, A.V. and M.L. Goulden (2009) Why is marsh productivity so high? New Insights from Eddy Covariance and Biomass Measurements in a Typha Marsh. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 149, 159-168. PDF

Rocha, A.V. and M.L. Goulden (2008) Large interannual CO2 and energy exchange variability in a freshwater marsh under consistent environmental conditions. JGR- Biogeosciences. 113, G04019, doi:10.1029/2008JG000712. PDF

Rocha, A.V., D.L. Potts, and M.L. Goulden (2008) Standing litter as a driver of interannual CO2 exchange variability in a freshwater marsh. JGR-Biogeosciences. 113, G04020, doi:10.1029/2008JG000713. PDF

Goulden, M.L., G.C. Winston, A.M.S. McMillan, M.E. Litvak, E.L. Read, A.V. Rocha and J.R. Elliot (2006) An eddy covariance mesonet to measure the effect of forest age on land-atmosphere exchange. Global Change Biology. 12:2146-2162. PDF

Rocha, A.V., M.L. Goulden, A.L. Dunn, and S.C. Wofsy (2006) On linking interannual ring width variability with observations of whole-forest CO2 flux. Global Change Biology. 12:1378-1389 (Publication “recommended” by Faculty of 1000: http:// PDF

Rocha, A.V., H.B. Su, C. Vogel, H.P. Schmid, and P.S. Curtis (2004) Photosynthetic and water use efficiency responses to diffuse radiation by an aspen-dominated northern hardwood forest. Forest Science. 50:793-801. PDF