Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd uses the lens of contemporary societal challenges that overlap with weather and climate to explore how the public and decision-makers perceive and consume science information. His program will pull from personal experiences, his scholarship, and the world around us all.
Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading international expert in weather and climate and is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia. Dr. Shepherd was the 2013 President of American Meteorological Society (AMS), the nation’s largest and oldest professional/science society in the atmospheric and related sciences. Dr. Shepherd serves as Director of the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Atmospheric Sciences Program and Full Professor in the Department of Geography where he was a previous Associate Department Head. Dr. Shepherd also holds a joint appointment in the College of Engineering and is the Associate Director for Climate and Outreach in its Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS). Dr. Shepherd is frequently sought as an expert on weather, climate, and remote sensing and has been honored with a number of prestigious prizes, including the 2020 Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science and the 2019 AGU Climate Communication Prize. the 2018 AMS Helmut Landsberg Award for pioneering and significant work in urban climate, and the 2017 MS Brooks Award in meteorology.