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Dr. Carlos Rocha

Associate Prof Environmental Change (School Office - Natural Sciences)


Associate Prof Environmental Change (Geography)

Carlos Rocha is an Associate Professor in Environmental Change at the School of Natural Sciences, TCD. After graduating in Technological Chemistry with honours in 1991, he went on to obtain a PhD in Marine Chemistry "suma cum laude" at the University of Lisbon in 1997. His contribution to the field was recognized at an early stage by two national science awards (1999 & 2000) and a prestigious nomination for the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Lindemann Award in 2001. Before joining Trinity College, he was a lecturer in Biogeochemistry and the deputy director of the Centre for Marine and Environmental research at the University of Algarve, Portugal. Currently, Carlos teaches various aspects of Earth System Science at both under- and postgraduate level and leads the Biogeochemistry Research Group at Trinity College. Our research focuses on the study of processes affecting the transport, fate and impact of chemical species, including contaminants, in aquatic ecosystems. These studies aim to increase, for example, our understanding of carbon and nutrient transport, bioavailability and reactivity in the aquatic environment. Our ultimate goal is to comprehend ecosystem functional plasticity in response to anthropogenic pressure, climate change and biological activity, leading to increased knowledge on the resilience of marine systems to environmental change.
  Anthropogenic Impact on ecosystems   Biogeochemistry   Climate Change   Coastal Environmental Change   Coastal management and conservation   Coastal Processes   Earth Sciences for Climate Research   Earth Sciences Instrumentation   Environmental and analytical chemistry   Environmental Impacts, Interactions   Environmental Restoration/Remediation   Estuarine Sciences   Eutrophication   Fluid dynamics   Global Change   Ground, surface water hydrology   Isotope Geochemistry   Marine Biogeochemistry   Marine pollution   Marine Processes/ Chemistry   Ocean Chemistry   Oceanography   Sediment   Sedimentary Geochemistry   Shallow Water Bottom Interaction   Water Pollution   Wetland Ecosystems   Wetlands
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European Association of Geochemistry (EAG)
Petermann E., K Knoller, C Rocha, J Scholten, R Stollberg, H Weiss and M Schubert, Coupling End-Member Mixing Analysis and Isotope Mass Balancing (222-Rn) for Differentiation of Fresh and Recirculated Submarine Groundwater Discharge Into Knysna Estuary, South Africa., Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123, 2018, p952-970 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Jiang S, JSP Ibánhez and C Rocha , Influence of labile dissolved organic matter on nitrate reduction in a seepage face., Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 25, 2018, p10654 - 10667, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lefevre, N.; Montes, M.F.; Gaspar, F.L.; Rocha, C.; Jiang, S.; De Araujo, M.C.; Ibanhez, J.S.P., Net heterotrophy in the Amazon continental shelf changes rapidly to a sink of CO2in the outer Amazon plume, Frontiers in Marine Science, 4, (SEP), 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Oppelt, A.; Lopez Correa, M. and Rocha, C., Biogeochemical analysis of the calcification patterns of cold-water corals Madrepora oculata and Lophelia pertusa along contact surfaces with calcified tubes of the symbiotic polychaete Eunice norvegica: Evaluation of a mucus calcification hypothesis, Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 127, 2017, p90-104 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lefevre, N.; da Silva Dias, F.J.; de Torres, A.R.; Noriega, C.; Araujo, M.; de Castro, A.C.L.; Rocha, C.; Jiang, S. and Ibanhez, J.S.P., A source of CO2to the atmosphere throughout the year in the Maranhense continental shelf (2°30'S, Brazil), Continental Shelf Research, 141, 2017, p38-50 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Jiang, S. and Kavanagh, M. and Rocha, C., Evaluation of the suitability of vacutainers for storage of nutrient and dissolved organic carbon analytes in water samples, Biology and Environment, 117B, (1), 2017, p33-46 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
JSP Ibanhez and C Rocha, Kinetics of inorganic nitrogen turnover in a sandy seepage face on a subterranean estuary., Applied Geochemistry, 87, 2017, p108 - 121, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Wilson, J., Coxon, C. & Rocha, C., A GIS and remote sensing based screening tool for assessing the potential for groundwater discharge to lakes in Ireland, Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 116B, (3), 2016, p265 - 277, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Rocha, C. and Veiga-Pires, C. and Scholten, J. and Knoeller, K. and Gröcke, D.R. and Carvalho, L. and Anibal, J. and Wilson, J., Assessing land-ocean connectivity via submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) in the Ria Formosa Lagoon (Portugal): Combining radon measurements and stable isotope hydrology, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 20, (8), 2016, p3077-3098 , Notes: [cited By 3], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ibanhez, J.S.P. and Rocha, C., Oxygen transport and reactivity within a sandy seepage face in a mesotidal lagoon (Ria Formosa, Southwestern Iberia), Limnology and Oceanography, 61, (1), 2016, p61-77 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Award Date
Nominated by students to Provost Teaching Award 2018
Nominated by students for Provost Teaching Award 2012
Lindemann award nominee, ASLO-American Society for Limnology and Oceanography 2001
IMAR/Luiz Saldanha Young Researcher Award in Marine Science and Technology 2000
Calouste Gulbenkian Young Researcher Award in Environmental Chemistry 1999