Staff Profile:Professor Tim Wheeler

Professor Tim Wheeler
Job Title:
  • Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser (80%) at the Department for International Development
  • Head, Crops and Climate Group
Areas of Interest:

Tim Wheeler is currently Professor of Crop Science at the University of Reading and Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser for the UK Department for International Development. For more than 20 years he has published extensively on how climate change could impact on the sustainability of agriculture and food. Tim has provided advice on the sustainability of food and farming to agri-businesses and food multi-nationals, often up to Board level. He has extensive experience of working with policy-makers in the UK and internationally, providing information and advice to Ministers and acting as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords in 2010. In 2005 he gave the prestigious Royal Society Public Lecture on 'Growing crops in a changing climate'. He was appointed to BBSRC Council in April 2012.

  • Author of 165 scientific publications since 1991
  • Awarded over £6,400,000 in research contracts in total to date
  • Associate Editor of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, since 2007
  • Co-organiser of the annual UK Agricultural Modeller's Meeting, since 2005
  • Principal Investigator in the NERC-National Centre for Atmospheric Science - Climate, since 2006
  • Co-author of a Royal Society Statement on Climate Change and Agriculture submitted to the G8 Summit in Gleneagles, 2005
  • Chair of the University Committee on Postgraduate Research Studies 2004 - 2008, and member of 3 senior committees within the University.
  • Regular contributor to national and international news items on climate change and agriculture.
Research groups / Centres:

Crops and Climate Group

Walker Institute

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The next two films in the University of Reading Research Showcase series

The effects of climate change on crops

One of the major challenges of climate change is to use climate models to help us predict the effect on food crops in the future. We need to assess how changes in temperature and rainfall will affect the productivity of our food crops. We also need to consider how the variability of climate will alter, and look at how we can forecast this. How can agriculture adapt to offset the negative effects of climate change, and make the most of any opportunities which might occur

The effects of crops on climate change

We spend a lot of time thinking how climate can affect crops but crops affect climate themselves. A substantial amount of the lands surface is used for crop and agricultural production: how we use that land can affect our climate. Altering the characteristics of the land's surface can alter the way in which water and heat flows from the land's surface to the atmosphere and back, and if this is a large enough change, it can ultimately affect the regional climate.

Professor Tim Wheeler

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