Professor Gideon Henderson FRS
Gideon Henderson is a geochemist who has greatly improved our knowledge about changes in the Earth’s climate over its history. His findings have been fundamental to building predictions of climate change initiated by human industrial and agricultural activities. Gideon’s most recent research includes collaboration with ocean modellers on the feasibility of ocean geoengineering schemes as a means of storing carbon dioxide.
Gideon has refined and developed techniques to obtain data about ‘geochemical proxies’ throughout the depth of the oceans and underlying sediments. These proxies include stable and radioactive isotopes of uranium, thorium and silicon. From their analysis, he has been able to construct timescales for processes such as ocean circulation, rainfall and weathering, as well as the Earth’s historic sea level.
Gideon’s accolades include the European Geosciences Union’s outstanding young scientist award, and a Philip Leverhulme Prize. He is a member of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research’s planning group for GEOTRACES, an international research programme for the study of biogeochemical cycles and the distribution of trace elements in the marine environment.
, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
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