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Marcy Rockman

Lifting Rocks - Climate and Heritage Consulting/University of Maryland, College Park

Based in

United States
North America

Marcy Rockman is an archaeologist with experience in national and international climate change policy. Her research focus is landscape learning, which explores how humans gather, remember, and share environmental information, 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 with the US National Park Service (NPS) as the inaugural Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator for Cultural Resources. Recently, she’s held multiple roles in international climate heritage and US scale climate science and policy. Major projects in these spaces include serving as Co-chair on behalf of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) alongside UNESCO and the IPCC where she set the foundation for the IPCC International Co-Sponsored Meeting on Culture, Heritage, and Climate Change, Scientific Coordinator for the ICCROM-led conference Climate.Culture.Peace which addressed climate, heritage, and conflict and peace-building, and lead for climate science-policy connections with Co-Equal, a nonprofit in Washington, DC that provides research and procedural support to the US Congress.

Currently Marcy is Director/Principal of her company Lifting Rocks – Climate and Heritage Consulting. She is also an Associate Research Professor with the Dept. of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park

Country(ies) of Specialty

United Kingdom United States

Focus areas of expertise

History Climate policy and politics Scientific assessments Climate Justice

How to Connect



Hambrecht, George and Marcy Rockman. “International Approaches to Climate Change and Cultural Heritage.” American Antiquity, vol. 82, no. 4, 2017, pp. 1-15, doi:https://doi.org/10.1017/aaq.2017.30.

Hollesen, Jørgen et al. “Climate Change and the Deteriorating Archaeological and Environmental Archives of the Arctic.” Antiquity, vol. 92, no. 363, 2018, pp. 573-86, doi:https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.8.

Kohler, Timothy A. and Marcy Rockman. “The IPCC: A Primer for Archaeologists.” American Antiquity, vol. 85, no. 4, 2020, pp. 627-51, doi:doi:10.1017/aaq.2020.68.

Rockman, Marcy. “Apprentice to the Environment: An Overview of the Archaeological Model of Landscape Learning in Relation to Hunter-Gatherer Ethnography.” Archaeology and Apprenticeship: Body Knowledge, Identity, and Communities of Practice, edited by Willeke Wendrich, University of Arizona Press, 2013, pp. 99-118.

“Knowledge and Learning in the Archaeology of Colonization.” Colonization of Unfamiliar Landscapes: The Archaeology of Adaptation, edited by Marcy Rockman and James Steele, Routledge, 2003, pp. 3-24.

“A L’enfant Plan for Archaeology.” Archaeology in Society: Its Relevance in the Modern World, edited by Marcy Rockman and Joe Flatman, Springer Press, 2012, pp. 1-20.

“Landscape Learning in Relation to Evolutionary Theory.” Macroevolution in Human Prehistory, edited by Anna Prentiss et al., Springer, 2009, pp. 51-71.

“The Necessary Roles of Archaeology in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.” Archaeology in Society: Its Relevance in the Modern World, edited by Marcy Rockman and Joe Flatman, Springer, 2012, pp. 193-215.

“New World with a New Sky:Climatic Variability, Environmental Expectations, and the Historical Period Colonization of Eastern North America.” Historical Archaeology, vol. 44, no. 3, 2010, pp. 4-20, doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03376800.

“An NPS Framework for Addressing Climate Change with Cultural Heritage.” The George Wright Forum, vol. 32, no. 1, 2015, pp. 37-50, doi:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43598399.Rockman, Marcy and Joe Flatman, editors. Archaeology in Society: Its Relevance in the Modern World. Springer, 2012.

Rockman, Marcy and Carrie Hritz. “Expanding Use of Archaeology in Climate Change Response by Changing Its Social Environment.” PNAS, vol. 117, no. 15, 2020, pp. 8295-305, doi:www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1914213117.

Rockman, Marcy and Jakob Maase. “Every Place Has a Climate Story: Finding and Sharing Climate Stories with Cultural Heritage.” Public Archaeology & Climate Change, edited by Tom Dawson et al., Oxbow Books, 2017, pp. 107-14.Rockman, Marcy et al. “Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy.” Partnerships and Science Cultural Resources and Climate Change Response Program, National Park Service, 2016. doi:https://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/culturalresourcesstrategy.htm.

Rockman, Marcy and James Steele, editors. Colonization of Unfamiliar Landscapes: The Archaeology of Adaptation. Routledge Press, 2003.

Siders, A. R. and Marcy Rockman. “Connecting Cultural Heritage and Urban Climate Change Adaptation.” Toward Sustainability + Equity, edited by Erica Avrami, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, 2022, Columbia Books on Architecture and the City. https://www.arch.columbia.edu/books/reader/826-preservation-sustainability-and-equity#reader-anchor-1

Simpson, Nicholas P. et al. “Decolonizing Climate Change–Heritage Research.” Nature Climate Change, 2022, doi:10.1038/s41558-022-01279-8.

Thomas, Kimberly et al. “Explaining Differential Vulnerability to Climate Change: A Socialscience Review.” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, vol. 10, no. 2, 2019, p. e565, doi:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/wcc.565.