- Retired Faculty
John P. Giesy received his B.S. in Chemistry from Alma College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Limnology from Michigan State University. After receiving his Ph.D., he spent five years as a faculty member at the University of Georgia and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, he returned to MSU to as a faculty member, initially in Fisheries and Wildlife before shifting his appointment to Zoology.
Dr. Giesy is recognized as one of the most productive and widely known authorities on environmental toxicology. He and his students have developed a host of innovative methods for identifying anthropogenic chemicals in natural ecosystems, and elucidating the mechanisms of action underlying their toxic effects. This work has established a solid scientific foundation for the assessment of risk regarding a number of toxic compounds, including perfluorocarbons (PFC), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and dioxins. To say that Dr. Giesy is prolific is an understatement. He has published nearly 600 peer-reviewed articles and hundreds of other papers, and is among the most highly cited authors in ecology and environmental science. In addition, he has trained scores of graduate students; he serves as an editor or member of the editorial board for multiple scientific journals; and he serves as a consultant to several agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization. In addition to these accomplishments, he is also a talented teacher at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Although he is retiring from MSU after 26 years on the faculty, Dr. Giesy’s career continues in full swing. He has recently been appointed Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Saskatchewan. He also holds professorships at the University of Nanjing and the Hong Kong City University.