J. Marshall Shepherd, the UGA Athletic Association Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Georgia, was named a Captain Planet Protector of the Earth by Ted Turner’s Captain Planet Foundation. Professor Shepherd is being honored for “ongoing and exceptional contributions to the future of our planet and a timeless commitment to speaking out about climate change.” He will received the award at the annual Captain Planet Foundation Benefit Gala on December 5 in Atlanta.
Professor Shepherd is the director of the atmospheric sciences program in the geography department of the University of Georgia’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Before joining the faculty at the University of Georgia, he was a research meteorologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Dr. Shepherd holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in meteorology, all from Florida State University. He is the past president of the American Meteorological Society.