Don Canfield

Portrait of Don Canfield

Chair of Biology

Nordic Center for Earth Evolution

Phone: (+45) 6550 2751


Don Canfield is professor of ecology in the Department of Biology and former director of the Nordic Center for Earth Evolution (NordCEE), a center funded for 10 years by the Danish National Research Foundation.

Broadly speaking, Don uses the study of modern microbes and microbial ecosystems to understand the evolution of Earth-surface chemistry and biology through time.

Don is a member of the US National Academy of sciences, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Science. He is a fellow of the Geochemical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the Society for Microbiology, and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Don has won the Vladimir Vernadsky Award from the European Union of Geophysicists (EAG) and the Urey Prize from the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG), where he is also a member of the board. Don has been awarded a Docteur Honoris Causa from the University of Poitiers, and he is a member of the editorial board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of sciences (PNAS). In addition to PNAS, Don is on the editorial boards of Geobiology and the American Journal of Science.

Finally, Don has been on an ERC panel for Advanced Grants in geological sciences, where he also received funding from 2011-2016.