Dr. Marcia Rocha

Head of Climate Policy Team

Dr Rocha is on maternity leave

Dr Marcia Rocha leads our Climate Policy Analysis team and the Climate Action Tracker project. The main focus of her work is the analysis of countries’ greenhouse gas emissions in order to evaluate their reduction targets and how current implemented policies influence their emissions trajectory and impact global temperature rise. Other areas of her work include evaluation of equity regimes and understanding the role of different combinations of equity criteria and principles on countries’ emission allowances. During the UNFCCC negotiation sessions she forms part of the team providing real-time scientific support to our stakeholders.

Marcia holds a Masters in biology from the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris and a PhD in theoretical ecology from the University of Potsdam in Germany. Throughout her academic work she has specialised in Conservation Biology and Community Ecology, with a special interest in understanding the effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning and maintenance. To address these questions, she employed a combination of mathematical modelling and data analysis techniques. She brings to the team a significant capacity in the area of ecology, with an integrated view of the biological and physical aspects of ecosystems, and good knowledge of data analysis and scientific modelling.

Blog posts


    • Peer reviewed
    • Ten key short-term sectoral benchmarks to limit warming to 1.5°C Takeshi Kuramochi, Niklas Höhne, Michiel Schaeffer, Jasmin Cantzler, Bill Hare, Yvonne Deng, Sebastian Sterl, Markus Hagemann, Marcia Rocha, Paola Andrea Yanguas-Parra, Goher-Ur-Rehman Mir, Lindee Wong, Tarik El- Laboudy, Karlien Wouters, Delphine Deryng & Kornelis Blok, Climate Policy, DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2017.1397495, (2017)
    • Climatic risks and impacts in South Asia: extremes of water scarcity and excess Vinke, K., Martin, M.A., Adams, S., Baarsch, F., Bondeau, A., Coumou, D., Donner, R.V., Menon, A., Perrette, M.. Rehfeld, K., Robinson, A., Rocha, M., Schaeffer, M., Schwan, S., Serdeczny, O., Svirejeva-Hopkins, A. , Regional Environmental Change, doi:10.1007/s10113-015-0924-9, (2016)
    • Climate change impacts in Latin America and the Caribbean and their implications for development Reyer CPO, S Adams, T Albrecht, F Baarsch, A Boit, N Canales Trujillo, M Cartsburg, D Coumou, A Eden, E Fernandes, F Langerwisch, R Marcus, M Mengel, D Mira-Salama, M Perette, P Pereznieto, A Rammig, J Reinhardt, A Robinson, M Rocha, B Sakschewski, M Schaeffer, C. F. Schleussner, O Serdeczny, K Thonicke , Reg Environ Change, doi:10.1007/s10113-015-0854-6, (2015)
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