History of Oxygen – Great Oxidation Event – Watch the lecture of Donald CANFIELD.

Donald E. Canfield was be awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the president of the University of Poitiers Thursday, February 26 to 16 hours in PBS on the campus of Poitiers. Donald E. Canfield give a lecture on the history of oxygen, the title of the conference was « Breathing easy at night : the history of atmospheric oxygen ».

Watch the lecture of Don Canfield Full Screen (Conference is in English).


Donald E. Canfield is Academician of the Academy of American and Swedish Sciences. He is co-author with Prof. A. El Albani and A. Meunier article that made the cover of Nature in 2010. More recently in 2013 and 2014, it is also the co-author of articles published in PNAS Plos One and on the history of oxygen and biodiversity in Gabon there are 2.1 billion years.

Donald E. Canfield was born in 1957 in the United States. He did his PhD at Yale University (USA). He is now Professor at the University of Southern Denmark. He is the author of over 170 publications. It is one of the most cited in the world in all disciplines authors.

Both Biogeochemist geobiologist and is a specialist in the chemistry of the primitive ocean. In 2014, he wrote a book called Oxygen for 4 billion years. You can find the summary of the book and read the first chapter here.


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