Ajani Bakari interviews Dr. James Marshall Shepherd, as part of a NOAA Research Black History Month profile. In it, Dr. Shepherd discusses his passions as a scientist, his challenges as an African American meteorologist, thoughts on mentorship, and provides his perspective on the importance of NOAA’s role to society. Dr. Marshall Shepherd is an American meteorologist, professor at the University of Georgia's Department of Geography, director of the university's atmospheric sciences program, and 2013 president of the American Meteorological (AMS). Dr. Shepherd has worked with NOAA in various advisory roles, including as a member of NOAA’s Science Advisory Board. He is also host of the Weather Geeks podcast.