Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading international expert in the area of weather, climate and atmospheric related sciences. Dr. Shepherd is past president of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He is only the second African American to hold this post. Dr. Shepherd is Director of the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Atmospheric Sciences Program and Full Professor in the Department of Geography. In 2013, he was named an endowed UGA Athletic Association Professor. Prior to UGA, Dr. Shepherd spent 12 years as a Research Meteorologist at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center and was Deputy Project Scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, a multi-national space mission that launches in 2014. President Bush honored him in 2004 at the White House with the Presidential Early Career Award for pioneering scientific research. Dr. Shepherd is a Fellow of the AMS.
Dr. Shepherd has been called upon to testify before the U.S. Senate on climate and extreme weather and has also frequently presented findings to NASA, Congress, the White House, Department of Defense and foreign officials. He has more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed literature and has received funding from NASA, the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation and Department of Energy to carry out his research. He routinely appears in the media to discuss weather, climate and remote sensing and is a contributing author to Ebony Magazine.
Dr. Shepherd currently serves on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board, the Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Visiting Committee. He was a member of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization steering committee on aerosols and precipitation, 2007 Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR4 contributing author team, a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel considering the security implications of climate change on U.S. Naval operations and a NAS Committee on Urban Meteorology. Dr. Shepherd is a past editor for both the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology and Geography Compass, respectively.
Dr. Shepherd received his B.S., M.S. and PhD in physical meteorology from Florida State University. He was the first African American to receive a PhD from the Florida State University Department of Meteorology, one of the nation’s oldest and respected. He is a member of the AMS, Association of American Geographers (AAG), Sigma Xi Research Honorary, Chi Epsilon Pi Meteorology Honorary and Omicron Delta Kappa National Honorary. He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and serves on various National Boards associated with his alma mater. Dr. Shepherd is the author of forthcoming textbook, The Urban Climate System, and co-authored a children’s book on weather and weather instruments called Dr. Fred’s Weather Watch. Dr. Shepherd is married to Ayana Shepherd and has two kids, Anderson and Arissa.