Daniel M. Scolnic


Assistant Professor of Physics

Lead Type Ia SN cosmology studies for Pan-STARRS, DES, LSST and WFIRST.  Work on new image analysis techniques and finding optical counterparts to gravitational waves.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Physics

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 120 Science Drive, Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-3201
  • Email Address: daniel.scolnic@duke.edu


  • Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 2013
  • B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007

Research Interests

Cosmology, Supernova.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Department of Energy Early Career Award. Department of Energy. 2021
  • Packard Fellowship. The David and Lucille Packard Foundation. 2019

Courses Taught

  • PHYSICS 133: The Physics of Sports
  • PHYSICS 134: Introduction to Astronomy
  • PHYSICS 142L9D: General Physics II (Discussion)
  • PHYSICS 493: Research Independent Study
  • PHYSICS 495: Thesis Independent Study
  • PHYSICS 556: Stellar Astrophysics
  • PHYSICS 791: Special Readings

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Popovic, B; Brout, D; Kessler, R; Scolnic, D, The Pantheon+ Analysis: Forward Modeling the Dust and Intrinsic Color Distributions of Type Ia Supernovae, and Quantifying Their Impact on Cosmological Inferences, The Astrophysical Journal, vol 945 no. 1 (2023) [10.3847/1538-4357/aca273] [abs].
  • Tully, RB; Kourkchi, E; Courtois, HM; Anand, GS; Blakeslee, JP; Brout, D; Jaeger, TD; Dupuy, A; Guinet, D; Howlett, C; Jensen, JB; Pomarède, D; Rizzi, L; Rubin, D; Said, K; Scolnic, D; Stahl, BE, Cosmicflows-4, The Astrophysical Journal, vol 944 no. 1 (2023) [10.3847/1538-4357/ac94d8] [abs].
  • Brownsberger, SR; Brout, D; Scolnic, D; Stubbs, CW; Riess, AG, Dependence of Cosmological Constraints on Gray Photometric Zero-point Uncertainties of Supernova Surveys, The Astrophysical Journal, vol 944 no. 2 (2023) [10.3847/1538-4357/acad80] [abs].
  • Gris, P; Regnault, N; Awan, H; Hook, I; Jha, SW; Lochner, M; Sanchez, B; Scolnic, D; Sullivan, M; Yoachim, P, Designing an Optimal LSST Deep Drilling Program for Cosmology with Type Ia Supernovae, Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series, vol 264 no. 1 (2023) [10.3847/1538-4365/ac9e58] [abs].
  • Kelsey, L; Sullivan, M; Wiseman, P; Armstrong, P; Chen, R; Brout, D; Davis, TM; Dixon, M; Frohmaier, C; Galbany, L; Graur, O; Kessler, R; Lidman, C; Möller, A; Popovic, B; Rose, B; Scolnic, D; Smith, M; Vincenzi, M; Abbott, TMC; Aguena, M; Allam, S; Alves, O; Annis, J; Bacon, D; Bertin, E; Bocquet, S; Brooks, D; Burke, DL; Carnero Rosell, A; Carrasco Kind, M; Carretero, J; Costanzi, M; da Costa, LN; Pereira, MES; Desai, S; Diehl, HT; Everett, S; Ferrero, I; Frieman, J; García-Bellido, J; Gruen, D; Gruendl, RA; Gschwend, J; Gutierrez, G; Hinton, SR; Hollowood, DL; Honscheid, K; James, DJ; Kuehn, K; Kuropatkin, N; Lewis, GF; Mena-Fernández, J; Miquel, R; Palmese, A; Paz-Chinchón, F; Pieres, A; Plazas Malagón, AA; Raveri, M; Rodriguez-Monroy, M; Romer, AK; Sanchez, E; Scarpine, V; Schubnell, M; Sevilla-Noarbe, I; Suchyta, E; Swanson, MEC; Tarle, G; Tucker, DL; Weaverdyck, N, Concerning colour: The effect of environment on type Ia supernova colour in the dark energy survey, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol 519 no. 2 (2022), pp. 3046-3063 [10.1093/mnras/stac3711] [abs].