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Chris Weisener


Associate Professor
Coordinator Biomaterials Laboratory 

Dr. C. Weisener in front of a lake

GLIER/EES Department Distinguished Research Fellow, Yunnan University

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

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  • Geomicrobiology
  • Redox Chemistry
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Sediment Dymamics/Microbial Nutrient Cycling


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


  • Associate Professor, GLIER, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 2010-current
  • Assistant Professor, GLIER, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 2005-2010
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, GLIER, University of Windsor, 2004-2005
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo, 2003-2004


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.



  • Sara Butler (M.Sc. candidate - GLIER, co-supervised)
  • Danielle VanMensel (Ph.D. candidate - GLIER)
  • Thomas Reid (Ph.D. candidate - GLIER)
  • Adam Skoyles (M.Sc. candidate - GLIER)
  • Nick Falk (PhD candidate - GLIER)