Professor Gideon Henderson

Professor Gideon Henderson
Professor Gideon Henderson

Professor Gideon Henderson
Chief Scientific Adviser at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Areas of Expertise
Gideon is a geochemist, with expertise in the carbon cycle, climate, ocean chemistry, and more broadly across the environmental sciences.

Gideon is responsible for overseeing the quality of evidence that Defra relies on for policy decisions, risk mitigation, and to drive innovation. He provides ministers with scientific advice and sets the science strategy and R&D funding allocations for Defra, in the context of wider Government priorities.

Career History
Professor Henderson has been Professor of Earth Sciences at the Department of Earth Sciences in the University of Oxford since 2006, a position he continues to hold at 20% time. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at University College, and an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. He serves as an observer on the Councils for BBSRC and NERC, having previously (2018-2019) been a member of the latter.

Board Service, Honours, Special Skills and Education
Gideon's awards include the 30th Annual Plymouth Marine Science Medal 2016, European Union of Geosciences outstanding young scientist award in 2001 and the Leverhulme Prize Fellowship in 2001. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).

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