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Dr. Marshall Shepherd

2014 Superhero for Earth Award

Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading international expert in weather and climate and served as 2013 President of the American Meteorological Society. He is Director of the University of Georgia’s Atmospheric Sciences Program and is the Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Shepherd is host of The Weather Channel’s Sunday talk show Weather Geeks. Dr. Shepherd spent 12 years with NASA as a Research Meteorologist and Deputy Project Scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement mission. In 2004, President Bush honored him at the White House with the Presidential Early Career Award for pioneering scientific research.

Dr. Shepherd is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. He sits on boards for NASA, NOAA, Climate Central and Mothers and Others for Clean Air. The White House, Congress, and major media frequently seek him as an expert. Dr. Shepherd received B.S., M.S. and PhD in physical meteorology from Florida State University and was the first African American to receive a PhD from FSU in that discipline. Dr. Shepherd co-authored the children’s book, Dr. Fred’s Weather Watch. Dr. Shepherd is originally from Canton, Georgia, and is married to Ayana and has two kids, Anderson and Arissa.