Richard B. Alley, the Evan Pugh
Professor of Geosciences and Associate
of the Earth and Environmental
Systems Institute at Pennsylvania State
University. Dr. Alley, who has worked at Penn State
since 1988, was awarded the Seligman
Crystal in 2005 for his “prodigious contribution to
our understanding of the stability of ice sheets and
glaciers of Antarctica and Greenland, and of erosion
and sedimentation by this moving ice.” He was one
of several earth scientists from Penn State who
contributed to the United Nations Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change, a panel that shared the
2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore. His work also includes
interpretation of paleoclimatic records from ice cores,
abrupt climate changes, physical properties of ice
cores, ice-sheet collapse and sea-level change.
Saturday's Banquet Guest Speaker is: Marcia Bonta is the author of nine books, which are all currently in print, and over 300 magazine articles. The blog portion of this website includes her popular “Naturalist’s Eye” column from Pennsylvania Game News, the publication of the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC).
Marcia Bonta was born and raised in the wooded fringes of a suburban South Jersey town, Woodbury, NJ. Daughter of Harold and Leona Myers, she inherited her father’s love for forests, streams and swamps. She went to Bucknell University because she loved the natural beauty of central Pennsylvania. Her college education gave her a broad knowledge of the liberal arts, a B.A. degree, and a husband, Bruce, whose jobs took the family to Washington, DC, Maine, and, since 1971, back to central PA. They raised their three sons on an isolated, forest-covered, mountaintop farm near Tyrone, where, inspired by the works of such authors as Hal Borland, Edwin Way Teale, Joseph Wood Krutch and Rachel Carson, Marcia began a writing career based on her daily explorations of the natural world.