Theodore Gordon Shepherd is the Grantham Professor of Climate Science at the University of Reading.
Shepherd was educated at the University of Toronto where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics in 1979. He completed his postgraduate education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he was awarded a PhD in 1982 for research supervised by Jule Gregory Charney and Peter B. Rhines on turbulence in Rossby waves.
Following his PhD, Shepherd was appointed a postdoctoral research fellow at St Catharine's College, Cambridge supervised by Michael E. McIntyre in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge. After 24 years working at the University of Toronto in Canada he moved back to the United Kingdom in 2012, funded by a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
Shepherd's research interests include:
- Climate variability and change
- Atmospheric circulation
- Risk and uncertainty
- Extreme event attribution
- Theoretical geophysical fluid dynamics
- Middle atmosphere dynamics