Dr. Richard Alley

Dr. Alley on OPEN Educational Resources:

OER is a fantastic way to give back to the community. We have heard from students and teachers in public education and homeschooling, in colleges and universities, and from citizens outside education who have used and enjoyed our courseware. Our Geology of the National Parks, Geosc 10, has been a fascinating journey, with experts from Penn State's WPSU teaching filming to a dozen advanced students who then went with us to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, Mesa Verde and more. Their film clips, the online text we wrote, the slide shows, "rock videos" and supporting materials provide a real resource motivating solid science from some of the greatest places on the planet. These experiences have benefitted many Penn State students, and OER makes this resource available to everyone.

Dr. Alley's Biography

Dr. Richard Alley (Ph.D. 1987, Geology, Wisconsin) is Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences at Penn State. He studies the great ice sheets to help predict future changes in climate and sea level and has conducted three field seasons in Antarctica, eight in Greenland, and three in Alaska. He has been honored for research (including election to the US National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Membership in the Royal Society), teaching, and service... Read more about Dr. Alley.

Dr. Alley's Courses

Course Spotlight

From Meteorology to Mitigation: Understanding Global Warming (METEO 469) - learn about the fundamentals of climate change and its impact on societal, environmental, and economic policies. Visit the course.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Richard Alley

Dr. Richard Alley has been with us since the beginning, with one of our first OPEN courses - Geology of the National Parks. See what he has to say about the OPEN.ED effort over ten years later.