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Researchers monitoring wetland area Bioavailability
Processing samples in organics lab Trophic Ecology
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Bacterium feeding on arsenic Biogeochemistry

Dr. Chris Weisener

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Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research,
School of the Environment
Coordinator, Scanning Electron Microscope Facility and Biomaterials Laboratory

Phone: 519-253-3000 x 3753
Office: GLIER Rm. 221
e-mail: Chris Weisener

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Redox Chemistry
Microbial Ecology
Sediment Dymamics/Microbial Nutrient Cycling

Research Interests:

My contributions to research links multidisciplinary approaches of study involving metal and nutrient cycling and microbial influences on metal transport in terrestrial and aquatic systems. Part of this research is focused on the further development of novel environmental tracers for assessing contaminants in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems within the Great Lakes basin, nationally and the international community as well. A goal of this research is to provide insight into the complex linkages between toxicity, bacteria metal cycling and stressors affecting local/regional ecology resulting from natural and anthropogenic sources.


Ph.D. 2003, Applied Science, IWRI, University of South Australia
B.Sc. 1998, Earth Science, University of Western Ontario, ON, Canada

Academic Positions:

Associate Professor, 2010-present, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, School of the Environment, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada

Assistant Professor, 2005-2010, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2004-2005, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada

2003-2004, Post Doctoral Fellow, Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada



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