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Clare Wiseman

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School of the Environment Earth Sciences Centre 33 Willcocks St University of Toronto
Clare Wiseman
Occupational & Environmental Health Division
Associate Professor
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Currently Accepting Doctoral Students?

Research Interests

  • Metal behavior, speciation and fate in soils
  • Non-exhaust sources of metals in urban environments
  • Development and use of biologically-relevant methods to assess metal bioaccessibility
  • Use of metals as biomarkers of environmental exposures


Associate Professor. School of the Environment (home unit), UofT, November 2006 – present.

Graduate Associate Director, School of the Environment, UofT, July 2018 – present.


  • Doctor philosophiae naturalis (Natural Science) (1999-2003), Faculty of Earth Sciences and Geography, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main Germany
  • Master of Natural Resources Management (1994-1997), School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC
  • Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies (1989-1992), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON


  • Characterizing the Elemental Enrichment Patterns of Fractionated Road Dust and Fluxes in the Environment. Funding Source: Discovery Grants Program, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Grant Period: April 2018 – April 2024).
  • The Impact of Dissolution Behaviour of Metal Oxide Nanomaterials on Toxicological Response (PIs: Pat Rasmussen and Sabina Halappanavar (Health Canada)). Funding Source: CMP Research/Monitoring and Surveillance Program, Health Canada (Grant Period:  Jan. 2018 – March 2021).
  • Distribution and Bioaccessibility of Chemical Management Plan (CMP) Priority Metals in Road Dust. Funding Source: CMP Research/Monitoring and Surveillance Program, Health Canada (Grant Period: Dec. 2015 – March 2021).


  • ENV 4001 Graduate Seminars in Environment and Health
  • ENV 341 Introduction to Environment and Human Health


  1. Wiseman CLS, Leveque C, Rasmussen PE. (2021). Characterizing the sources, concentrations and resuspension potential of metals and metalloids in the thoracic fraction of urban road dust. Science of the Total Environment 786, 147467.
  2. Levesque C, Wiseman CLS, Beauchemin S, Rasmussen PE. (2021). Thoracic fraction (PM10) of resuspended dust: Geochemistry, particle size distribution and lung bioaccessibility. Geosciences (Switzerland) 11(2): 1-18.
  3. Wiseman CLS, Parnia A, Chakravartty D, Archbold J, Copes R, Cole DC. (2019). Total, methyl and inorganic mercury concentrations in blood and environmental exposure sources in newcomer women. Environmental Research 169: 261-271.
  4. Wiseman CLS, Niu J, Levesque C, Chénier M, Rasmussen PE. (2018). An assessment of the inhalation bioaccessibility of platinum group elements in road dust using a simulated lung fluid. Environmental Pollution 241: 1009-1017.
  5. Parnia A, Chakravartty D, Wiseman CLS, Archbold J, Copes R, Zawar N, Chen SX, Cole DC. (2018). Environmental factors associated with blood lead among newcomer women from South and East Asia in the Greater Toronto Area. Science of the Total Environment 624: 558-566.
  6. Wiseman CLS, Parnia A, Chakravartty D, Archbold J, Zawar N, Copes R, Cole DC. (2017). Blood cadmium concentrations and environmental exposure sources in newcomer South and East Asian women in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. Environmental Research 154: 19-27.
  7. Zereini F, Wiseman CLS, Vang M, Albers P, Schneider W, Schindl R., Leopold K (2017).  Assessing the potential of inorganic anions (Cl, NO3 , SO4 2− and PO4 3−) to increase the bioaccessibility of emitted palladium in the environment: Experimental studies with soils and a Pd model substance. Environmental Pollution 220: 1050-1058.
  8. Wiseman CLS, Hassan Pour Z, Zereini F (2016). Platinum group element and cerium concentrations in roadside environments in Toronto, Canada. Chemosphere 145: 61-67.
  9. Zereini F, Wiseman CLS, Vang M, Albers P, Schneider W, Schindl R, Leopold K (2016). Geochemical behaviour of palladium in soils and Pd/PdO model substances in the presence of the organic complexing agents L-methionine and citric acid. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 18: 22-31.
  10. Wiseman CLS, Zereini F, Puttmann W (2015). Metal and metalloid accumulation in cultivated urban soils: A medium-term study of trends in Toronto, Canada. Science of the Total Environment 538: 564-572.
  11. Zereini F, Wiseman CLS, Vang M, Albers P, Schneider W, Schindl R, Leopold K. (2015). The influence of Ethylenediamine tetra acetic acid (EDTA) on the transformation and solubility of metallic palladium and palladium (II) oxide. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 17: 915-921.
  12. Wiseman CLS (2015). Analytical methods for assessing metal bioaccessibility in airborne particulate matter: A scoping review. Analytica Chimica Acta 877: 9-18.


  1. Zereini F, Wiseman CLS (eds) (2015). Platinum Metals in the Environment. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. 492 p.
  2. Zereini F, Wiseman CLS (eds) (2011). Urban Airborne Particulate Matter: Origin, Chemistry, Fate and Health Impacts. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. 680 p.