Dr. Barry Rock
Director of Science & Research
Dr. Barrett N. Rock, Director of Science and Research, is a professor emeritus at the University of New Hampshire in the Earth Systems Research Center within the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS). Trained as a botanist, Dr. Rock’s research uses Earth-orbiting satellites to monitor the health of forests around the Northern Hemisphere. He has incorporated his research activities into a variety of K-12 science outreach programs locally and internationally.
In 1991 and 1992, Dr. Rock founded the inquiry-based Forest Watch program across New England, that focuses on student measurements of white pine, a species that is a bio-indicator for exposure to ground-level ozone (smog). In 1994 and 1995, he established the scientific measurement system of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program being developed at the White House in Washington, DC, serving as its first chief scientist and assistant director. GLOBE is an international partnership of students, teachers, and scientists that supports students with hands-on science activities and measurement protocols designed to provide scientists with reliable global-scale data. GLOBE has enriched the education of over 1.5 million students and raised community environmental awareness in over 110 countries around the world.