Shepherd to lead meteorologists association

Shepherd to lead meteorologists association


Geography Professor Marshall Shepherd was voted president-elect of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and will begin his one-year term in 2013.

Shepherd, who directs the university’s Atmospheric Sciences Program, has done research that shed new light on urbanization-precipitation relationships, hurricanes and extreme weather events such as the devastating Atlanta floods of 2009.

Before coming to UGA, he spent 12 years as a research meteorologist at the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center.

The first African American to receive a doctorate from Florida State University’s meteorology program, Shepherd is only the second African American to head the AMS.

For his research assessing the effects of urbanization on precipitation, Shepherd received the highest federal award given to the nation’s young scientists and engineers, the Presidential Early Career Award, at a White House ceremony. Shepherd is a Fellow of the AMS and recipient of the 2011 AMS Charles Anderson Award.

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