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Gideon Henderson

University of Oxford, DEFRA

Professor Henderson has been Professor of Earth Sciences at the Department of Earth Sciences in the University of Oxford since 2006. He has also jointly held positions as Senior Research Fellow at University College, Oxford since 2012 and as Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University since 1999. Professor Henderson has been appointed by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to be the department’s new Chief Scientific Adviser. Professor Henderson was Co-Director of the 21st Century Ocean Institute, a member of the Oxford Martin School from 2008-2012, and was a founding director of the Geoengineering Programme, of which he remains an Associate. As of 2019, Professor Henderson is the chair of the Royal Society Global Environmental Research Committee, a NERC Member of Council and a Member of the Royal Society Science Policy Expert Advisory Committee. He has also recently been appointed chair of the National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) Association Board, overseeing the body formally tasked with ensuring good science and infrastructure interaction between the NOC and the broad UK oceanographic community.