Professor John Shepherd FRS
John Shepherd was trained as a physicist but has worked on a wide range of environmental issues. His current research interests are climate change, natural variability of the climate system on long timescales, and Earth System modelling.
From 1989 to 1994, Professor Shepherd was Deputy Director of the MAFF Fisheries Laboratory at Lowestoft, and principal scientific advisor to the UK government on marine fisheries management. He was Professor of Marine Science at the University of Southampton from 1994 to 2006, and from 1994 to 1999 he was the first Director of the Southampton Oceanography Centre (now the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton). He officially retired in 2006 but remains active as a Professorial Research Fellow in Earth System Science.
Professor Shepherd has extensive experience of international scientific assessments and providing advice in controversial areas such as fisheries management and radioactive waste disposal, as well as climate change. He is particularly interested in the interaction between science, economics and public policy.
Professor Shepherd has also been a Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, a member of the DEFRA Science Advisory Council, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999.