Two EESI faculty to receive honorary degrees in May

Sue Brantley, EESI director and a distinguished professor of geosciences, and Richard Alley, Evan Pugh professor of geosciences, will each receive an honorary degree from a university in recognition of their contributions to their field.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will honor Alley May 17 as part of the school's commencement ceremonies. Alley is recognized internationally as a leader in his field and has been honored for his work in the field of climate change. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and, as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was part of the group that received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Department of Geoscience Chair Brad Singer noted that Alley has made exceptional efforts to bring his research to his students, the public and policymakers.

"He has dedicated himself to explaining this science, and its implications for society, to a broad audience," Singer said in a release from the University of Wisconsin.

Alley earned a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987.

Brantley will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, May 31.

Brantley is recognized for her pioneering work applying chemical and physical principles to geological processes at the earth's surface, including weathering and erosion. Her recent work includes studying the Critical Zone, the surface of the planet that sustains life.

Brantley was elected to the National Academy of the Sciences and the Geological Society of America in 2012.