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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 and UTK
  • 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 the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) and also leads the Self Assessment team (EGIS SAT) for the  Athena SWAN program.  The Athena SWAN Charter recognizes commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education. The Charter was launched in June 2005 and has three levels of award, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Heriot-Watt University was a founding member of the Charter and in 2013 was awarded Bronze.  In 2016, the School of EGIS received a Bronze award.  Understanding and addressing issues of gender bias within STEMM is a priority and active area of research within his group (see Gender in STEMM).  

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