EES Seminar Series – Dr. Marshall Shepherd

“Cloudy with A Chance of Science: Using the Lens of Weather to Explain how Perceptions are Shaped”

Mar 1, 2024 at - | Zoom - Email earth@sas.upenn.edu for details.

Geoscience Colloquium

The Department of Earth & Environmental Science

University of Pennsylvania

Invites you to attend a Virtual EES Seminar Series

Friday, March 1, 2024 - 3:00 PM

Held via Zoom - Please email earth@sas.upenn.edu for joining details


“Cloudy with A Chance of Science: Using the Lens of Weather to Explain how Perceptions are Shaped”


Dr. Shepherd uses is his experience as an atmospheric scientist, professor, and public intellectual to discuss how perceptions about science are shaped. He uses contemporary events, scientific literature, and personal experiences to deliver a compelling yet accessible discussion for public audiences. Dr. Shepherd is routinely called by major media outlets, the White House, and Congress to share is expertise on weather or climate issues.


Dr. Marshall Shepherd

Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and Partnership

Franklin College of Arts and Sciences


Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading international weather-climate expert 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, the Associate Director of Climate and Outreach for the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems, and Full Professor in the Department of Geography where he was a previous Associate Department Head. In 2023, he was appointed Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and Partnerships in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia. His areas of research include urban climate, hydrometeorological extremes, weather-climate risk, and innovative outreach strategies.


Dr. Shepherd is a member of the National Academies’ Space Studies Board and Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and is a past chair of the NASA Earth Sciences Advisory Committee. He also currently serves on the UGA Athletic Association Board He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy (Georgia Chapter), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s Hazard Preparedness Advisory Group United Nations World Meteorological Organization steering committee on aerosols and precipitation, 2007 Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR4 contributing author team, National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Panels on climate and national security, extreme weather attribution, and urban meteorology. Dr. Shepherd is a past editor for both the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology and Geography Compass, respectively.