Daniel M. Scolnic


Associate Professor of Physics

Use observational tools to measure the expansion history of the universe.  Trying to answer big questions like 'what is dark energy?'.

Appointments and Affiliations

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

Research Interests

Cosmology, Supernova.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fred Kavli Plenary Lectureship. American Astronomical Society. 2023
  • Sloan Research Fellowship-Physics. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 2022
  • 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

  • Bailey, AC; Vincenzi, M; Scolnic, D; Cuillandre, JC; Rhodes, J; Hook, I; Peterson, ER; Popovic, B, Type Ia supernova observations combining data from the Euclid mission and the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol 524 no. 4 (2023), pp. 5432-5441 [10.1093/mnras/stad2179] [abs].
  • Scolnic, D; Riess, AG; Wu, J; Li, S; Anand, GS; Beaton, R; Casertano, S; Anderson, RI; Dhawan, S; Ke, X, CATS: The Hubble Constant from Standardized TRGB and Type Ia Supernova Measurements, The Astrophysical Journal, vol 954 no. 1 (2023) [10.3847/2041-8213/ace978] [abs].
  • Wu, J; Scolnic, D; Riess, AG; Anand, GS; Beaton, R; Casertano, S; Ke, X; Li, S, Comparative Analysis of TRGBs (CATs) from Unsupervised, Multi-halo-field Measurements: Contrast is Key, The Astrophysical Journal, vol 954 no. 1 (2023) [10.3847/1538-4357/acdd7b] [abs].
  • Wang, KX; Scolnic, D; Troxel, MA; Rodney, SA; Popovic, B; Duff, C; Filippenko, AV; Foley, RJ; Hounsell, R; Jha, SW; Jones, DO; Joshi, BA; Long, H; Macias, P; Riess, AG; Rose, BM; Yamamoto, M, A synthetic Roman Space Telescope High-Latitude Time-Domain Survey: supernovae in the deep field, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol 523 no. 3 (2023), pp. 3874-3884 [10.1093/mnras/stad1652] [abs].
  • Garnavich, P; Wood, CM; Milne, P; Jensen, JB; Blakeslee, JP; Brown, PJ; Scolnic, D; Rose, B; Brout, D, Connecting Infrared Surface Brightness Fluctuation Distances to Type Ia Supernova Hosts: Testing the Top Rung of the Distance Ladder, The Astrophysical Journal, vol 953 no. 1 (2023) [10.3847/1538-4357/ace04b] [abs].