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Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd

Board Member

Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading international expert in weather and climate and is a Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia (UGA). Dr. Shepherd was the 2013 President of American Meteorological Society, the 2nd African American to preside over the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Shepherd serves as Director of UGA’s Atmospheric Sciences Program and Full Professor in the Department of Geography. Shepherd is also the host of The Weather Channel’s Award-Winning Sunday talk show Weather Geeks.

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 launched in 2014. President Bush honored him on May 4th 2004 at the White House with the Presidential Early Career Award for pioneering scientific research in weather and climate science. Dr. Shepherd currently chairs the NASA Earth Sciences Advisory Committee and was a past member of its Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy (Georgia Chapter), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board, 2007 Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Panels on climate and national security, extreme weather attribution, and urban meteorology.

Dr. Shepherd received his B.S., M.S. and PhD in physical meteorology from Florida State University.  The Committee encourages you to download and view Marshall’s Ted Talk on climate change and communication bias. 

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