Professor Gideon Henderson

Professor of Earth Sciences


Gideon Henderson is a geochemist and a professor of Earth Sciences and is currently the chief scientific adviser to Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

He is listed here in his capacity as a professor at Oxford with expertise in the carbon cycle and geochemistry. Enquiries about government policy in climate and the environment should be directed to him at Defra.

Gideon researches the potential and risks of removing CO2 from the atmosphere, looking at the impacts on weather, soil, rivers and ocean chemistry. He has investigated the options involved in removing greenhouse gases as leader of a Royal Academy enquiry group.

Ocean chemistry has a major impact on the carbon cycle and is a major interest for Gideon, who researches the cycling of elements in the oceans.