Michael Canfield

Michael Canfield

Resident Dean
Michael Canfield

As the Resident Dean in Eliot House, I work closely with the other members of the House staff to support our students. In particular, I help students in planning and carrying out their academic pursuits and also resolving other situations as they arise. Please feel free to contact me in the House Office (N-22) or set up an appointment through Craig Carey to discuss your plans or any concerns you may have. Don’t hesitate to come to me or one of our Resident Tutors if you have a question or concern and don’t know where to begin. We’re here to help.

In addition to my work at Eliot, I am a Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology currently teaching Biology of insects and a Freshman Seminar on camouflage and mimicry in nature. I also have an interest in documentation, and recently edited a book entitled Field Notes on Science and Nature that considers how scientists and naturalist record their work. Out of that project, I became fascinated with Theodore Roosevelt, and many of his own notebooks, diaries, and journals are in the collections here at Harvard. It was my childhood ramblings through the forests of northern Michigan that instilled a love of biology and natural history that continues to fuel my studies. During my graduate studies in biology here at Harvard I served as a Resident Tutor in Eliot House. It was during that time that I developed a similar fondness for the community here in Eliot, where I am happy to continue living with my wife Jen and our two sons, Riley and Mitchell.

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