Dept of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Centre for Environmental and Information Technology (EIT)
200 University Ave. W
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567
Jenine McCutcheon studies microbe-mineral-fluid interactions in natural and engineered environments. She aims to understand how small-scale biogeochemical processes influence large-scale systems, with a particular focus on utilizing these reaction pathways to solve environmental challenges. Her work targets settings such as mine sites, wetlands, and polar habitats.
- Microbial carbonation reactions for carbon storage in mine tailings
- Microstructure and chemistry of microbial mats and stromatolites
- Electron and X-ray microscopy of microbial mats and their mineral precipitates
- Microbial nutrient acquisition in polar environments
- Bioremediation of mine waste materials
Professor McCutcheon aims to understand microbial element cycling in natural and anthropogenic systems. She employs a multi-analytical approach to characterize microbially mediated biogeochemical reactions at the nanoscale. Professor McCutcheon and her research group target topics including: microbial mineral precipitation and dissolution reactions, microbial mat structure and chemistry, microbe-metal interactions, and microbial nutrient acquisition in extreme environments. She applies this knowledge to carbon storage, bioremediation of mine sites, geomaterials stabilization, and understanding microbial activity in changing polar habitats.
EARTH 321 Introduction to Geomicrobiology
Awards and Distinctions
- Early Career Science Ambassador, European Association of Geochemistry (2019)
- Australian Synchrotron Stephen Wilkins Thesis Medal, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (2018)
- School of Earth Sciences 3 Minute Thesis winner, The University of Queensland (2015)
- Canada Graduate Scholarship D, NSERC (2013)
- Student poster prize, Carbon Management Canada (2013)
- Female Student-Athlete Community Service Award, Ontario University Athletics (2013)
- Canada Graduate Scholarship M, NSERC (2012)
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship, OSAP (2011)
- Western Gold Medal, Western University (2011)
- Undergraduate mineralogy student award, Mineralogical Association of Canada (2011)
- Undergraduate student research award, NSERC (2010)
- Undergraduate student research award, NSERC (2009)
- May 6, 2019 The carbon market potential of asbestos mine waste.
- November 23, 2018 Jenine McCutcheon has been recognised for her outstanding research with the Australian Synchrotron's Stephen Wilkins Medal.
- May 31, 2017 Study highlights formation of beachrock in resisting climate-induced sea level rises.
- Ph.D. Geomicrobiology, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia (2017)
- M.Sc. Geology, Western University, London, Canada (2013)
- B.Sc. Honours Specialization Geology and Biology, Western University, London, Canada (2011)