Prof. Donald E. 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, professor Canfield uses the study of modern microbes and microbial ecosystems to understand the evolution of Earth-surface chemistry and biology through time.
He 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).
Professor Canfield 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, he is on the editorial boards of Geobiology and the American Journal of Science.
Finally, Prof. Canfield has been on an ERC panel for Advanced Grants in geological sciences, where he also received funding from 2011-2016. In 2017 he was one of only 11 top researchers who got the grant and the titel VILLUM Investigator, a programme that is characterized by grants for scientists rather than for specific research projects.