Miquel Canals is Director of the Department of Earth and Ocean Dynamics at the University of Barcelona (Spain). His research concerns the effects of climate change on ocean dynamics and marine ecosystems, focusing on the transfer of the global change signal to the deep ocean by high-energy natural processes. He equally studies the carbon cycle and anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment, and also works in the fields of paleoclimatic records, environmental monitoring, biogeochemistry, sedimentology, seafloor mapping and natural marine hazards.
A former Research Associate Director with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) of France and member of the Scientific Committee of the Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), he has served as an expert evaluator for the European Commission, the European Science Foundation, and the U.S. National Science Foundation. He is Associate Editor of the journal ‘Progress in Oceanography’ and has been distinguished with the Prix La Recherche 2014. In 2016 he co-edited the’Atlas of Submarine Glacial Landforms: Modern, Quaternary and Ancient’.