Renowned Penn State geologist Richard Alley has been admitted as a foreign member of the United Kingdom’s Royal Society, according to the National Science Foundation.
Alley, Evan Pugh professor of geosciences at Penn State, was honored for his outstanding contributions to the study of ice, its interactions with the landscape and its link to climate, the National Science Foundation said in a statement.
The Royal Society is a prestigious scientific body and one of the oldest scientific academies in existence, the release said.
Alley also was recognized by the society as an outstanding science communicator.
“Alley’s exuberance on that front was on view when he addressed the importance of the polar regions in climate science during the opening ceremonies of the International Polar Year at the National Academy of Sciences,” the NSF said in the statement.