The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Andrew Henderson

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography


I am a Physical Geographer who works at the interface of chemical, ecological and geological sciences, and my research aims to understand the patterns and mechanisms of climate change by using the ‘natural climate experiments of the past’ archived in lake and ocean sediments. In particular, much of my research has focussed on understanding Holocene Asian monsoon variability, (sub) arctic climate evolution and equatorial Pacific climate variability. To decipher past changes in climate I use the stable isotope and geochemical composition of a range of minerals, including carbonates, diatom silica and/or specific molecules (biomarkers). More recently, I have been looking towards ‘deeper time’ to capture the full range of natural climate variability capable in the Earth system, and have started to work on late Cenozoic sequences recovered from the Japan Sea on IODP Expedition 346. 


2000-2004       Ph.D. Physical Geography, University College London

1998-1999       M.Res. Environmental Sciences, University College London

1995-1998       B.Sc. (Hons) Natural Sciences, Durham University


2012-               Lecturer in Physical Geography, Newcastle University

2011-2012       C3W Lecturer in Quaternary Environmental Change, Aberystwyth University

2008-2011       SAGES Lecturer in Geosciences, University of Glasgow

2007-2008       Lecturer in Quaternary Environmental Change, Aberystwyth University

2004-2007       Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 Roles and responsibilities

Member, NERC Isotope Geoscience Facilities Steering Committee (2014- )

Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports (2014- )

Member, School of GPS Research Committee (2014 -)

Member, NERC Peer Review College (2012- )

Co-ordinator of the Geography Seminar Series (2012-)

Executive committee member, International Paleolimnology Association (2009-)

Book Review Editor and on the Board of Advisors, Journal of Paleolimnology (2009-)




Research Students

At Newcastle:

Miss Sonja Felder 

Ph.D. Title: Mid-Pleistocene transition in the Asian monsoon

Funded by a NERC IAPETUS Studentship, CASE with BGS


Undergraduate teaching

GEO1005: Environmental Issues (Module Leader)

GEO1019: Blencathra Field Class

GEO2037: Ireland Field Trip 

GEO2111: Doing Geographical Research - Theory and Practice

GEO2127: Key methods in Physical Geography

GEO3099: Dissertation (Mentor)

GEO3126: Global Environmental Change in the Anthropocene (Module Leader)