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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
October 22, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Slawson

Dr. Robin Slawson

Associate Professor, Biology

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2421   |  lab 519-884-0710 ext.2341
Fax: 519-746-0677
Office Location: BA439
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Academic Background

B.Sc. University of Waterloo, Biology, 1987

M.Sc. University of Waterloo, Biology, 1989

Ph.D. University of Guelph, Environmental Biology, 1993


Trained as a microbial ecologist with experience in sediment, soil and water microbiology. Nine years as a water treatment microbiologist studying aspects of biofilm growth control in the drinking water distribution system, biological filtration, UV and chemical disinfection of microorganisms. The past 5 years research interests have focused on watershed microbiology and source water protection.

Teaches: Microbiology: Principles, Applied, Microbial Ecology, Microbial Disease

Research: Isolation and characterization of potential pathogens from surface waters with a focus on survival and persistence of these organisms within natural populations. Recent studies have included an examination of microbial dynamics and distribution within treatment wetlands with respect to their ability to remove pathogenic microorganisms from contaminated effluents.