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Dr. Richard Alley

Dr. Richard Alley

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Dr. Richard Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University and author of The Two Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future. He chaired the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council panel on Abrupt Climate Change, which yielded ...
Gino Casassa

Gino Casassa

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Born and raised in Chile, Gino Casassa received a hydraulics engineering degree from Universidad de Chile in 1984. During his early university years he became actively involved in mountaineering and developed a greater interest in frozen—rather than liquid—water. Consequently, he completed a ...
Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard

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Yvon Chouinard, the founder of the outdoor equipment company Patagonia, is one of the pioneers of big wall and ice climbing and the author of Climbing Ice, the book that introduced modern ice-climbing technique to America. He is also an avid surfer, kayaker, fisherman, and falconer, as well as an ...
Broughton Coburn
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Broughton Coburn

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After graduating from Harvard College in 1973, Broughton Coburn fulfilled a destiny with the Himalayas—where he has worked for two of the past three decades. He has authored several books; developed documentary films; and overseen environmental conservation and development efforts for the World ...
Gretel Ehrlich

Gretel Ehrlich

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Gretel Ehrlich was born on a horse ranch near Santa Barbara, California, and was educated at Bennington College and UCLA film school. She worked in film for ten years and began writing full time in 1978 after the death of a loved one. She had been filming on a 250,000-acre sheep and cattle ranch in ...
Nick Jans

Nick Jans

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Nick Jans is a longtime contributing editor to Alaska Magazine and a member of USA Today's board of editorial contributors. He has written seven books, including The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaska's Bears, A Place Beyond: Finding Home in Arctic Alaska, and Tracks of ...
Dr. Ian Stirling

Dr. Ian Stirling

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Dr. Ian Stirling is a celebrated polar bear, seal, and marine ecosystem researcher with the Canadian Wildlife Service. He is adjunct professor of Zoology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and the author of Polar Bears, Bears: a Complete Guide to Every Species, and numerous academic papers.Dr. ...