J Marshall Shepherd, FAMS, PhD

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J Marshall Shepherd
University of Georgia
Department of Geography/Atmospheric Sciences
GG Building, Room 107
Athens, Georgia 30602

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Marshall Shepherd, an AMS Member, a Fellow of the AMS, and the AMS President for 2013, is a Professor of Geography and a Research Meteorologist at the University of Georgia at Athens. There, he directs the Atmospheric Sciences Program, teaches, and conducts research in the atmospheric sciences, climatology, water cycle processes, and urban climate systems. Dr. Shepherd is a leading international expert in the area of weather, climate, and atmospheric related sciences. He currently (2013) serves on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Advisory Board, the Earth Science Subcommittee of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Advisory Council, and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Visiting Expert Committee. He is frequently sought as an expert on weather, climate, and remote sensing. He has appeared on the Today Show, Larry King Live, CNN, Fox News, and The Weather Channel. Dr. Shepherd frequently is asked to present findings and results to key personnel at NASA, Congress, the White House, the Department of Defense, and officials from foreign countries. He has written editorials for several newspapers including the Washington Post and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He has been featured in Time Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and on National Public Radio's Science Friday, and has contributed to Ebony Magazine. Prior to joining the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia in 2006, Dr. Shepherd spent 12 years as a research meteorologist in the Earth-Sun Division at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Space Flight Center. He was Deputy Project Scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement mission, which launches in 2013. Currently, Dr. Shepherd is a member of the NASA Precipitation Science team. For his pioneering work using satellite data to investigate urban hydroclimate processes, he received the highest federal award given to the Nation's young scientists and engineers. President Bush honored him on May 4th 2004 at the White House with the Presidential Early Career Award for pioneering scientific research. Dr. Shepherd has over 70 publications in the peer-reviewed literature and his research is funded by NASA, the Forest Service, the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy. Dr. Shepherd serves on the AMS Council and its Executive Committee and has served on the Board of Women and Minorities, the AMS Membership Committee, and the AMS Satellite Meteorology/Oceanography Committee. Dr. Shepherd co-chaired the 2010 AMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta and was one of the first cohort of AMS's Industry Fellowship recipients in the early 1990s. He has also served as a member of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization steering committee on aerosols and precipitation, the 2007 Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR4 contributing author team, the NOAA Climate Working Group, a National Academies of Science panel considering the security implications of climate change on US Naval operations, and a NAS Committee on Urban Meteorology. Dr. Shepherd is a Project Associate for the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project and past editor for both the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology and Geography Compass. Dr. Shepherd has BS, MS and PhD degrees in physical meteorology from Florida State University. He was the first African American to earn a PhD from the FSU Department of Meteorology, one of the nation's oldest and most respected. Dr. Shepherd is the author of a forthcoming textbook, The Urban Climate System, and he co-authored a children's book on weather and weather instruments.

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