School of Earth and Environment

Jenine McCutcheon Dr Jenine McCutcheon

Research fellow

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Room: 9.160

Affiliation: Earth Surface Science Institute


My undergraduate degree (The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada) included a combination of geology and microbiology. My M.Sc. (UWO) and Ph.D. research (The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia) focused on cyanobacteria-enabled precipitation of carbonate minerals for the purposes of carbon sequestration and materials stabilization. This research relied heavily on laboratory and field-based experiments, the products of which were characterized using a variety of microscopy and microanalytical techniques.

I am currently employed as a postdoctoral research fellow on the NERC funded Project Black and Bloom ( in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. In this position I am characterizing the mineral particulates and black carbon nanoparticles found on the Greenland Ice Sheet in association with cryophilic algae.


Ph.D. Geomicrobiology, The University of Queensland (2017)

M.Sc. Geology, The University of Western Ontario (2013)

B.Sc. Honours Specialization Geology and Biology, The University of Western Ontario (2011)


European Association of Geochemistry - Member

Geological Association of Canada - Member

Research Interests

Microbial carbonation reactions

Microbe-mineral interactions

Scanning and transmission electron microscopy

Biofilm and microbial mat visualization

Snow and ice algae

Black carbon

Aqueous geochemistry


Analytical techniques using synchrotron radiation


  • Hamilton JL; Wilson SA; Morgan B; Turvey CC; Paterson DJ; Jowitt SM; McCutcheon J; Southam G (2018) Fate of transition metals during passive carbonation of ultramafic mine tailings via air capture with potential for metal resource recovery, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 71, pp.155-167. doi: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2018.02.008
  • Lutz S; McCutcheon J; McQuaid JB; Benning LG (2018) The diversity of ice algal communities on the Greenland Ice Sheet as revealed by oligotyping., Microbial genomics, . doi: 10.1099/mgen.0.000159
  • McCutcheon J; Turvey CC; Wilson SA; Hamilton JL; Southam G (2017) Experimental deployment of microbial mineral carbonation at an asbestos mine: Potential applications to carbon storage and tailings stabilization, Minerals, 7, . doi: 10.3390/min7100191
  • McCutcheon J; Nothdurft LD; Webb GE; Shuster J; Nothdurft L; Paterson D; Southam G (2017) Building biogenic beachrock: Visualizing microbially-mediated carbonate cement precipitation using XFM and a strontium tracer, Chemical Geology, 465, pp.21-34. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.05.019
  • McCutcheon J; Nothdurft LD; Webb GE; Paterson D; Southam G (2016) Beachrock formation via microbial dissolution and re-precipitation of carbonate minerals, Marine Geology, 382, pp.122-135. doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2016.10.010
  • Hamilton JL; Wilson SA; Morgan B; Turvey CC; Paterson DJ; MacRae C; McCutcheon J; Southam G (2016) Nesquehonite sequesters transition metals and CO2 during accelerated carbon mineralisation, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 55, pp.73-81. doi: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2016.11.006
  • McCutcheon J; Wilson SA; Southam G (2016) Microbially Accelerated Carbonate Mineral Precipitation as a Strategy for in Situ Carbon Sequestration and Rehabilitation of Asbestos Mine Sites, Environmental Science and Technology, 50, pp.1419-1427. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b04293
  • McCutcheon J; Dipple GM; Wilson SA; Southam G (2015) Production of magnesium-rich solutions by acid leaching of chrysotile: A precursor to field-scale deployment of microbially enabled carbonate mineral precipitation, Chemical Geology, 413, pp.119-131. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2015.08.023
  • McCutcheon J; Power IM; Harrison AL; Dipple GM; Southam G (2014) A greenhouse-scale photosynthetic microbial bioreactor for carbon sequestration in magnesium carbonate minerals, Environmental Science and Technology, 48, pp.9142-9151. doi: 10.1021/es500344s
  • Power IM; McCutcheon J; Harrison AL; Wilson SA; Dipple GM; Kelly S; Southam C; Southam G (2014) Strategizing carbon-neutral mines: A case for pilot projects, Minerals, 4, pp.399-436. doi: 10.3390/min4020399
  • Power IM; Wilson SA; Harrison AL; Dipple GM; Mccutcheon J; Southam G; Kenward PA (2014) A depositional model for hydromagnesite-magnesite playas near Atlin, British Columbia, Canada, Sedimentology, 61, pp.1701-1733. doi: 10.1111/sed.12124
  • Osinski GR; Tornabene LL; Banerjee NR; Cockell CS; Flemming R; Izawa MRM; McCutcheon J; Parnell J; Preston LJ; Pickersgill AE; Pontefract A; Sapers HM; Southam G (2013) Impact-generated hydrothermal systems on Earth and Mars, Icarus, 224, pp.347-363. doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2012.08.030