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Dr Sian Henley

Reader in Marine Science, University of Edinburgh (ECCI Associate)

Dr Sian Henley is a Reader in Marine Science at the University of Edinburgh. She has a diverse range of research interests from climate and environmental change in the polar oceans to climate change impacts on children worldwide.

Sian is active in the science-policy space with a focus on the interactions between climate change, Earth’s environments – primarily, yet not limited to, the oceans – and sustainable development. In this capacity,

Sian has represented the international scientific community at high-profile policy events such as the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 (2021) and the UN Ocean Conference 2022.

Sian serves as Co-Chair of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), a Task Force Member for the Southern Ocean component of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and a Science Theme Leader within the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES).

In addition to her wide-ranging research, Sian is a passionate lecturer, educator and communicator on issues around climate and environmental change and sustainable development.