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Ted Henry

Ted Henry (Great Wall, China)

Ted Henry is a Professor of Environmental Toxicology in the Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology; Institute of Life and Earth Sciences in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure, and Society, at Heriot-Watt University (HWU, Edinburgh, Scotland); and Adjunct Professor in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, and Center for Wildlife Health in the Department of Forestry Wildlife and Fisheries at The University of Tennessee (UT, Knoxville, TN, USA).

The Ecotoxicology and Pathophysiology of Aquatic Organisms research program is directed by Ted Henry, and  encompasses research activities that are conducted in the UK, US, and Brazil, and include:

  • Molecular ecotoxicology, ecophysiology, and histopathology in fish and other fresh and saltwater organisms
  • Direction of the Zebrafish Research Facilities at HWU
  • Direction of the tropical marine amphipod Parhyale hawaiensis Research Facility at HWU
  • Teaching  on topics including fish physiology, water pollution biology, ecotoxicology, and biological microscopy; Intensive short courses in specific areas of fish disease, aquatic toxicology, and statistical analyses based on R software package

Ted is the Deputy Head of School, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS), Heriot-Watt University. HWU is a prominent UK university with >70% of programs recognized as internationally excellent and world leading. Programs are delivered across three international campuses and the School of EGIS has >300 staff and ~3000 students with six Research Institutes that span engineering, life and earth sciences, and social sciences. The Deputy Head of School (DHoS) supports the Head of School in development of the strategic plan to deliver growth and financial targets along the key themes identified in HWU Strategy 2025 targeting top 300 performance in QS rankings for all areas of the School. Supports Learning & Teaching disciplines and the six Research Institutes to respond to key Global Challenges through a multidisciplinary and multi-campus approach. The DHoS leads development of academic staff including recruitment, performance development, probation and promotion. Chaired (2017-2020) the EGIS Self-Assessment Team for the Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) led application submission for Bronze awarded Sept 2021. Research/publish on topics related to author-gender in scientific publications (see Gender in STEMM).  

Ted develops and coordinates the HWU Denis Goldberg Scholarship program – The Denis Goldberg Scholarship (DGS) is built on the HWU values and our commitment to education for a sustainable global future.  We partner with the charity organization Challenges Worldwide to pioneer a novell model that links the HWU online MSc education program with in-country professional networks and coordination. The DGS program widens access to our teaching and research programs by focusing on local communities in Southern Africa to enable flourishing global communities of diverse scholars to support educational and research objectives needed to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Biography: Ted was recruited on the global platform for research leaders and joined the School of Life Sciences (now the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences) at Heriot-Watt University in 2013.  In 2017, he was promoted to Professor of Environmental Toxicology. He received a Bachelor of Arts (1992) in Aquatic Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara, and subsequently worked as a fisheries extension/rural community development agent in the Akebou region of Togo West Africa as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer (1992-1994). He received a Master of Science (1998) from the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures at Auburn University (AL) with thesis research on the aquatic toxicology of acid mine drainage mixing zones in warmwater streams. His doctoral research in the Fish Disease Laboratory at Auburn University investigated fish pathology associated with exposure to electric fields. He investigated the ecotoxicology of pharmaceutical substances as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA; and his first academic position was at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, where he is currently an Adjunct Professor. In 2008, he came to the UK as a Research Council of the UK Academic Fellow leading to a Readership appointment at the University of Plymouth before coming to HWU. 
Contact information:
Institute of Life and Earth Sciences,
School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society,
JMS7 John Muir Building
Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh EH14 4AS, United Kingdom
(0)131 451 4315