Barry Rock is Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources holding a joint appointment in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). While he is retired, he continues to maintain an office on campus, and directs climate-related research of PhD candidates.
His past research focused on using data from Earth-orbiting satellites, in combination with detailed field and laboratory investigations, to study the impact of air pollutants and climate change on forest species across the Northern Hemisphere, including central Europe, Canada, and New England. Additional research of his centered on assessing the impact of chemical and physical climate change on white pine and sugar maple, two iconic trees in New England.
Rock is currently working with the Forest Service and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in New Hampshire to develop a Senior Citizen Science Network, training seniors 65 years and older how to recognize and report biotic and abiotic damage to the forests in their backyards. This FS/OLLI program now has over 70 participants in Seacoast, N.H., tracking Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Asian Longhorn Beetle, Brown-tailed Moth, and others.
He has developed K-12 and undergraduate science and mathematics outreach programs while at UNH, among them Forest Watch, Project SMART, GLOBE, and Watershed Watch. In 2001, he was lead author and editor of Preparing for a Changing Climate: New England Regional Assessment, part of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s National Assessment.
Outside of Science: Barry has given lectures onboard cruise ships in exchange for a free cruise for his wife and him. As either a Destination Speaker or a Special Interest Speaker, Barry has cruised multiple times to Alaska, the Caribbean, and Mexico.