University of Georgia
Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He researches hydrometeorological extremes, urban climate, and the intersections of atmospheric sciences with society. Dr. Shepherd’s TED talks have been viewed nearly three million times, and he has been supported with $30 million in grants and awards. He hosts The Weather Channel’s award-winning “Weather Geeks” show/podcast, and he routinely appears on programs and media outlets such as CBS Face the Nation, NOVA, the Today Show, CNN, and Fox News, among others. A Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), in 2013, Dr. Shepherd served as AMS President, becoming the second African American to hold the position. President George W. Bush honored him with the Presidential Early Career Award for pioneering scientific research in weather and climate science, and he frequently advises Congress, the White House, and broader institutions. Dr. Shepherd’s list of additional achievements includes a Friends of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education and the American Geological Institutes Award for Engagement in the Geosciences. In 2022, Georgia Trend magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians.