Jenine McCutcheon

Jenine McCutcheon
Assistant Professor, Geomicrobiology
Location: EIT 2051A
Phone: 519-888-4567 x37512


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.

Research Interests

  • 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
  • Contamination & Remediation: Water, Soil, Air
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage
  • Climate Change and Geosciences
  • Microbiology

Scholarly Research

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.


  • 2017, Doctorate Geomicrobiology, University of Queensland, St.Lucia, Australia
  • 2013, Master of Science Geology, Western University, Canada
  • 2011, Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours Specialization Geology and Biology, Western University, Canada


  • 2019 Early Career Science Ambassador, European Association of Geochemistry
  • 2018 Australian Synchrotron Stephen Wilkins Thesis Medal, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
  • 2015 School of Earth Sciences 3 Minute Thesis winner, The University of Queensland
  • 2013 Student poster prize, Carbon Management Canada
  • 2013 Female Student-Athlete Community Service Award, Ontario University Athletics
  • 2013 Canada Graduate Scholarship D, NSERC
  • 2012 Canada Graduate Scholarship M, NSERC
  • 2011 Western Gold Medal, Western University
  • 2011 Undergraduate mineralogy student award, Mineralogical Association of Canada
  • 2011 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, OSAP
  • 2009 Undergraduate student research award, NSERC


  • BIOL 624 - Environmental Biogeochemistry
    • Taught in 2022, 2023
  • EARTH 121 - Introductory Earth Sciences
    • Taught in 2022
  • EARTH 122 - Introductory Environmental Sciences
    • Taught in 2022
  • EARTH 321 - Introduction to Geomicrobiology
    • Taught in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • EARTH 624 - Environmental Biogeochemistry
    • Taught in 2022, 2023

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