Working Wednesday: Every Place Has a Climate Story, Dr. Marcy Rockman

Portrait of Dr. Marcy Rockman

Dr. Marcy Rockman will speak about the inspiration for and new developments from the National Park Service “Every Place Has a Climate Story” project (the prologue and sequel to the story, so to speak). “Every Place” was first designed to help park rangers use cultural heritage to talk about climate change in every place that is now a park. But through the questions the project guides us to ask, this project also speaks to places and issues far outside of formally protected areas. Marcy will share her experience finding and writing these climate stories, including how they are now part of efforts to bring the human story more fully into global-scale climate science and policy.

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Marcy Rockman is an archaeologist with experience in national and international climate change policy. Her research focus is how humans gather and share environmental information, especially during colonization and migration, and she’s used this to address situations as diverse as cultural resource management in the American West and homeland security risk communication in Washington, DC. From 2011-2018 she served as the US National Park Service (NPS) Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator for Cultural Resources. She is now working with the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) as Scientific Coordinator for a project to improve incorporation of heritage in reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She also works with the non-profit Co-Equal in Washington, DC to provide climate change research for the U.S. Congress. Dr. Rockman holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and B.Sc. in Geology from the College of William and Mary.


This Spring, PPEH offers a new lunch series, Working Wednesdays, designed to showcase in-progress Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) straddling theoretical and practical environmental concerns with a focus on our mid-Atlantic region. These sessions take place on Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 PM sharp.