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: +1 919 660 3201
  • Email Address: daniel.scolnic@duke.edu
  • Websites:


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

Research Interests

Cosmology, Supernova.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Defense Science Study Group (DSSG). Institute for Defense Analysis. 2023
  • Clarivate Most Highly Cited Scientists. Clarivate. 2023
  • 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 791: Special Readings
  • PHYSICS 556: Stellar Astrophysics
  • PHYSICS 495: Thesis Independent Study
  • PHYSICS 493: Research Independent Study
  • PHYSICS 142L9D: General Physics II (Discussion)
  • PHYSICS 134: Introduction to Astronomy

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Li, S; Riess, AG; Casertano, S; Anand, GS; Scolnic, DM; Yuan, W; Breuval, L; Huang, CD, Reconnaissance with JWST of the J-region Asymptotic Giant Branch in Distance Ladder Galaxies: From Irregular Luminosity Functions to Approximation of the Hubble Constant, Astrophysical Journal, vol 966 no. 1 (2024) [10.3847/1538-4357/ad2f2b] [abs].
  • Anand, GS; Riess, AG; Yuan, W; Beaton, R; Casertano, S; Li, S; Makarov, DI; Makarova, LN; Tully, RB; Anderson, RI; Breuval, L; Dolphin, A; Karachentsev, ID; Macri, LM; Scolnic, D, Tip of the Red Giant Branch Distances with JWST: An Absolute Calibration in NGC 4258 and First Applications to Type Ia Supernova Hosts, Astrophysical Journal, vol 966 no. 1 (2024) [10.3847/1538-4357/ad2e0a] [abs].
  • Popovic, B; Scolnic, D; Vincenzi, M; Sullivan, M; Brout, D; Chen, R; Patel, U; Peterson, ER; Kessler, R; Kelsey, L; Sanchez, BO; Bailey, AC; Wiseman, P; Toy, M, Amalgame: cosmological constraints from the first combined photometric supernova sample, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol 529 no. 3 (2024), pp. 2100-2115 [10.1093/mnras/stae420] [abs].
  • Dwomoh, AM; Peterson, ER; Scolnic, D; Ashall, C; DerKacy, JM; Do, A; Johansson, J; Jones, DO; Riess, AG; Shappee, BJ, Evaluating the Consistency of Cosmological Distances Using Supernova Siblings in the Near-infrared, Astrophysical Journal, vol 965 no. 1 (2024) [10.3847/1538-4357/ad1ff5] [abs].
  • Qu, H; Sako, M; Vincenzi, M; Sánchez, C; Brout, D; Kessler, R; Chen, R; Davis, T; Galbany, L; Kelsey, L; Lee, J; Lidman, C; Popovic, B; Rose, B; Scolnic, D; Smith, M; Sullivan, M; Wiseman, P; Abbott, TMC; Aguena, M; Alves, O; Bacon, D; Bertin, E; Burke, DL; Brooks, D; Carnero Rosell, A; Carretero, J; da Costa, LN; Pereira, MES; Diehl, HT; Doel, P; Everett, S; Ferrero, I; Frieman, J; García-Bellido, J; Giannini, G; Gruen, D; Gruendl, RA; Gutierrez, G; Hinton, SR; Hollowood, DL; Honscheid, K; Kuehn, K; James, DJ; Lahav, O; Marshall, JL; Mena-Fernández, J; Menanteau, F; Miquel, R; Ogando, RLC; Palmese, A; Pieres, A; Plazas-Malagón, AA; Raveri, M; Sanchez, E; Sevilla-Noarbe, I; Soares-Santos, M; Suchyta, E; Tarle, G; Weaverdyck, N, The Dark Energy Survey Supernova Program: Cosmological Biases from Host Galaxy Mismatch of Type Ia Supernovae, Astrophysical Journal, vol 964 no. 2 (2024) [10.3847/1538-4357/ad251d] [abs].