Professor John G. Shepherd MA, PhD, CMath, FIMA, FRS
Professor John Shepherd CBE FRS is Professorial Research Fellow in Earth System Science in the School of Ocean & Earth Science at the National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton. He is a physicist by training, but has worked on a wide range of environmental issues, including the transport of sulphur dioxide in the atmospheric boundary layer, the dispersion of tracers in the deep ocean, the assessment & control of radioactive waste disposal in the sea, the assessment and management of marine fish stocks, and most recently on Earth System Modelling.
His current research interests are in climate change and the natural variability of the climate system on long time-scales, and in the development and application of intermediate complexity models of the Earth climate system, especially for the interpretation of the palaeo-climate record.
From 1989-1994 he was Deputy Director of the MAFF Fisheries Laboratory at Lowestoft, and the principal scientific adviser to the UK government on marine fisheries management. He has been at the University of Southampton since 1994, and from 1994-1999 he was the first Director of what is now the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.
He has extensive experience of international scientific assessments and advice in controversial areas such as fisheries management and radioactive waste disposal, as well as climate change, and has taken a particular interest in the interaction between science, economics, and public policy.
He was a Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research from 2001 to 2010, and is a former member of the DEFRA Science Advisory Council. He has chaired independent reviews of several offshore decommissioning projects including the UKOOA Drill Cuttings Initiative and the BP Northwest Hutton decommissioning, and is currently Chair of the Scientific Advisory Group of the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999, was a member of the Royal Society’s study on Ocean Acidification (2005) and chaired its study on Geoengineering the Climate (2009).
Personal website: www.jgshepherd.com