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John Shepherd

John Shepherd

Professor John Shepherd CBE FRS


Elected: 1999





John Shepherd is a physicist who has worked on a wide range of environmental issues, including the transport and deposition of atmospheric sulfur dioxide, the dispersion of tracers in the deep ocean, the assessment and control of radioactive waste disposal in the sea, the assessment and management of marine fish stocks, and the ocean’s role in climate change.

He was the first Director of the Southampton Oceanography Centre, and Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. John was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999 and awarded a CBE in 2010. He has been a member of the DEFRA Science Advisory Council and chaired the DECC Science Advisory Group from 2009 to 2013.

John has been involved in several of the Society’s science policy studies and chaired its study, Geoengineering the Climate, in 2009. More recently, he has helped prepare several public documents on climate science, including the Society’s Climate Change: A Summary of the Science and its recent joint briefing document with the US National Academy of Sciences.

Professional positions

Emeritus Professor, Ocean & Earth Sciences, National Oceanography Centre
Emeritus Professor, Ocean & Earth Sciences, National Oceanography Centre

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Other
    • Science policy
  • Earth and environmental sciences
    • Climate sciences
  • Organismal biology, evolution and ecology
    • Biological modelling


Oceanography, Climate change, Climate modeling, Paleoclimatology, Ecology and environmental sciences, Pollution, Environmental impacts, Fisheries science, Marine ecosystems, Marine environments, Earth systems, Oil spills


  • Humphry Davy and Claude Bernard Lectures

    On 'Changement climatique: surprises éventuelles et solutions possibles'.

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