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1993 …2023
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Personlig profil


Born: November 14, 1957
Nationality: American

Education: 1979, B.S. in Chemistry, Miami University; 1984, M.Phil., and 1988, Ph.D. in Geochemistry, Yale University, New Haven.

Professional Experience:
1982-1987: Assistant in Research, Yale University; 
Sept. 1987-May 1988: Visiting Assistant Professor, Univ. Michigan; 
Nov. 1988-July 1991: NRC Research Associate, NASA-Ames; 
May 1990-Sept. 1990, Visiting Scientist, Univ. Aarhus; 
August 1991-Dec. 1991: Visiting Lecturer, Univ. Aarhus; 
Jan. 1992-May 1995: Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology; 
Sept. 1993-Nov. 1996: BAT 1b scientist, Max Planck for Marine Microbiology, Bremen; 
Nov. 1996-present: Professor of Ecology, Univ. Southern Denmark; 
December 1997-2005: Co-director, Danish Center for Earth System Science (DCESS); 
Sept 2005-2016, Director, Nordic Center for Earth Evolution (NordCEE)

Special recognition 
NRC Postdoctoral fellowship (1988-1991), NASA-Ames Research Center.
Elected to: the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (2002), the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (2007), fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2007), fellow of the Geochemical Society (2007), fellow of the American Association of Microbiology (2008). Elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2012).
ISI highly cited researcher, Geology (2005). Paper (Poulton et al., Nature, 2004) chosen as one of 5 most important Danish Science breakthroughs in 2004. 
Vladimir Vernadsky Medal (2008), European Union of Geoscientists. 
The Urey Award (2011), European Association of Geochemistry.



I might consider myself a biogeochemist, a geobiologist, a microbial ecologist, or a variety of other things depending on whom I am talking to. Indeed, my work is multidisciplinary and involves elements of microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, and geology. In the broadest sense, I am interested in understanding the cycling of bioactive elements of the modern earth, and into the distant geological past. I am particularly interested in understanding how the chemistry of the Earth surface has changed through geologic time, and how this changing chemistry might have influenced the nature and structure of ecosystems and the evolution of life. This work takes us to modern environments including marine sediments, anoxic marine basins, and anoxic lakes. Our work also takes us to rocks deposited long ago. In total, we aim to understand how to read the chemical traces preserved in ancient rocks and how these traces can tell us of the nature of ocean and atmospheric chemistry.

We also explore modern microbes to understand how environmental variables like temperature, oxygen content, trace metal availability, or sulfate levels might influence their activity as well as the nature of any metabolic products they might leave behind. In this regard, we have been particularly interested in exploring the factors influencing isotopic fractionation associated with sulfur metabolism. Through this work we have been able to piece together the history of seawater sulfate concentrations and the relationship between sulfate levels and concentrations of atmospheric oxygen.

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oxygen Geo- og miljøvidenskab
sulfate Geo- og miljøvidenskab
sulfur isotope Geo- og miljøvidenskab
ocean Geo- og miljøvidenskab
sulfur Geo- og miljøvidenskab
fractionation Geo- og miljøvidenskab
isotope Geo- og miljøvidenskab
sulfur cycle Geo- og miljøvidenskab

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Publikationer 1993 2019

Chromium isotope cycling in the water column and sediments of the Peruvian continental margin

Bruggmann, S., Scholz, F., Klaebe, R. M., Canfield, D. E. & Frei, R., 15. jul. 2019, I : Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 257, s. 224-242

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continental margin
water column

Experimental determination of pyrite and molybdenite oxidation kinetics at nanomolar oxygen concentrations

Johnson, A. C., Romaniello, S. J., Reinhard, C. T., Gregory, D. D., Garcia-Robledo, E., Revsbech, N. P., Canfield, D. E., Lyons, T. W. & Anbar, A. D., 15. mar. 2019, I : Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 249, s. 160-172

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Mesophilic microorganisms build terrestrial mats analogous to Precambrian microbial jungles

Finke, N., Simister, R. L., O'Neil, A. H., Nomosatryo, S., Henny, C., MacLean, L. C., Canfield, D. E., Konhauser, K., Lalonde, S. V., Fowle, D. A. & Crowe, S. A., 20. sep. 2019, I : Nature Communications. 10, 1, 1 s.

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No N2 fixation in the Bay of Bengal?

Löscher, C., Mohr, W., Bange, H. & Canfield, D. E., sep. 2019, (Under udarbejdelse) I : Biogeosciences Discussions.

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Bay of Bengal
primary productivity
water column

Organism motility in an oxygenated shallow-marine environment 2.1 billion years ago

El Albani, A., Gabriela Mangano, M., Buatois, L. A., Bengtson, S., Riboulleau, A., Bekker, A., Konhauser, K., Lyons, T., Rollion-Bard, C., Bankole, O., Baghekema, S. G. L., Meunier, A., Trentesaux, A., Mazurier, A., Aubineau, J., Laforest, C., Fontaine, C., Recourt, P., Fru, E. C., Macchiarelli, R. & 3 flere, Reynaud, J. Y., Gauthier-Lafaye, F. & Canfield, D. E., 26. feb. 2019, I : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 9, s. 3431-3436

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Cell Aggregation

Aktiviteter 1986 2019


Donald E. Canfield (Gæsteforsker)
1. okt. 201923. okt. 2019

Aktivitet: Gæsteophold ved andre institutioner

Keynote talk: Life and low oxygen

Donald E. Canfield (Keynote speaker)
16. sep. 2019

Aktivitet: Foredrag og mundtlige bidragGæsteforelæsning, undervisning og kursusvirksomhed ved andre universiteter


Donald E. Canfield (Gæsteforsker)
30. maj 201921. jun. 2019

Aktivitet: Gæsteophold ved andre institutioner


Donald E. Canfield (Gæsteforsker)
11. jan. 201925. jan. 2019

Aktivitet: Gæsteophold ved andre institutioner


Donald Eugene Canfield (Gæsteforsker)
2. okt. 201826. okt. 2018

Aktivitet: Gæsteophold ved andre institutioner

Projekter 2005 2023



Donald Eugene Canfield


1 element af Mediedækning


Ilt nok, men hvor var dyrene?

Donald Eugene Canfield


1 element af Mediedækning



Modtagelse af Æresdoktor-titel. Poitiers Université, France

Donald Eugene Canfield (Modtager), 25. feb. 2015

Pris: Priser, stipendier, udnævnelser

Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal 2010

Donald Eugene Canfield (Modtager), 5. maj 2010

Pris: Priser, stipendier, udnævnelser