March 2016 - Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd

The Atlanta Seminole Club would like to present Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, as our March Alumnus of the Month. He graduated with his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 1991 and 1993, respectively. He later received his Ph.D. in physical meteorology in 1999, becoming the first African-American to receive a PH.D. in meteorology from FSU. Dr. Shepherd is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), Association of American Geographers (AAG), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, among many other organizations. He also serves on various National Boards associated with FSU.

Dr. Shepherd is a leading international expert in weather and climate. Dr. Shepherd was the 2013 President of the AMS. He is only the 2nd African American to hold this post. Dr. Shepherd is Director of the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Atmospheric Sciences Program and Full Professor in the Department of Geography. He is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Shepherd is also the host of The Weather Channel’s Sunday talk show Weather Geeks, a pioneering Sunday talk show on national television dedicated to science. He also contributes to Forbes Magazine Online. He has over 100 peer-reviewed or scholarly publications. In 2014, Ted Turner and his Captain Planet Foundation honored Dr. Shepherd with its Protector of the Earth Award. He is also the 2015 Recipient of the FSU Grad Made Good, Association of American Geographers (AAG) Media Achievement award and the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Sandy Beaver Award for Excellence in Teaching. Prior to UGA, he spent 12 years as a Research Meteorologist at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center and was Deputy Project Scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. President Bush honored him on May 4th 2004, at the White House with the Presidential Early Career Award for pioneering scientific research in weather and climate science.

Dr. Shepherd is originally from Canton, GA and currently resides in Dacula, GA with his family.