Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, President of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) joined the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia (UGA) in January 2006. He is a Professor and Director of the Atmospheric Sciences Program. His areas of expertise include atmospheric sciences, climatology, water cycle processes and urban climate systems. Dr. Shepherd recently briefed the U.S. Senate and is a member of the NOAA Science Advisory Board and the Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council. He has recently served on key National Academy of Science studies on climate and is a former editor of the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology and Geography Compass.
Prior to joining the UGA faculty, Dr. Shepherd was a research meteorologist in the Earth-Sun Division at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center. He was also Deputy Mission Scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, which launches in 2010. For the past 20 year, he has conducted research into weather and climate systems using advanced satellites, experimental aircraft, radars, and sophisticated computer models. This research seeks to understand weather processes (i.e. thunderstorms, hurricanes, rainfall) atmospheric processes and to relate them to current weather and climate change. Dr. Shepherd is also interested in innovative strategies to infuse research data into applications and outreach communities. Dr. Shepherd's most recent work is investigating the linkage between urban cities and rainfall modification using space-based instruments and models. For this work, Dr. Shepherd was honored on May 4, 2004 at the White House with the Presidential Early Career Award for pioneering scientific research. He is a Fellow of the AMS and was honored by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of their 2005 Hot List members, and The Network Journal magazine in 2005 as one of its "40 Under Forty." Dr. Shepherd has several refereed publications in AMS, AGU, and other journals and has been funded by several federal agencies (NASA, NSF, DOE, USFS) to carry out his research. Shepherd also contributes articles to popular publications like the Washington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Weatherwise, Ebony and Earth Observation Magazine.