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

  • Andreoni, I; Coughlin, MW; Criswell, AW; Bulla, M; Toivonen, A; Singer, LP; Palmese, A; Burns, E; Gezari, S; Kasliwal, MM; Kiendrebeogo, RW; Mahabal, A; Moriya, TJ; Rest, A; Scolnic, D; Simcoe, RA; Soon, J; Stein, R; Travouillon, T, Enabling kilonova science with Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, Astroparticle Physics, vol 155 (2024) [10.1016/j.astropartphys.2023.102904] [abs].
  • Toy, M; Wiseman, P; Sullivan, M; Frohmaier, C; Graur, O; Palmese, A; Popovic, B; Davis, TM; Galbany, L; Kelsey, L; Lidman, C; Scolnic, D; Allam, S; Desai, S; Abbott, TMC; Aguena, M; Alves, O; Annis, J; Bacon, D; Bertin, E; Brooks, D; Burke, DL; Carnero Rosell, A; Carrasco Kind, M; Carretero, J; Castander, FJ; Conselice, C; da Costa, LN; Pereira, MES; De Vicente, J; Diehl, HT; Doel, P; Everett, S; Ferrero, I; Frieman, J; Gerdes, DW; Gruen, D; Gruendl, RA; Gutierrez, G; Hinton, SR; Hollowood, DL; Honscheid, K; James, DJ; Kuehn, K; Kuropatkin, N; Marshall, JL; Melchior, P; Mena-Fernández, J; Menanteau, F; Miquel, R; Pieres, A; Plazas Malagón, AA; Romer, AK; Sanchez, E; Scarpine, V; Sevilla-Noarbe, I; Smith, M; Soares-Santos, M; Suchyta, E; Tarle, G; To, C; Weaverdyck, N, Rates and properties of Type Ia supernovae in galaxy clusters within the dark energy survey, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol 526 no. 4 (2023), pp. 5292-5305 [10.1093/mnras/stad2982] [abs].
  • Murakami, YS; Riess, AG; Stahl, BE; D'Arcy Kenworthy, W; Pluck, DMA; Macoretta, A; Brout, D; Jones, DO; Scolnic, DM; Filippenko, AV, Leveraging SN Ia spectroscopic similarity to improve the measurement of H 0, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, vol 2023 no. 11 (2023) [10.1088/1475-7516/2023/11/046] [abs].
  • 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].
  • Riess, AG; Anand, GS; Yuan, W; Casertano, S; Dolphin, A; Macri, LM; Breuval, L; Scolnic, D; Perrin, M; Anderson, RI, Crowded No More: The Accuracy of the Hubble Constant Tested with High-resolution Observations of Cepheids by JWST, The Astrophysical Journal, vol 956 no. 1 (2023) [10.3847/2041-8213/acf769] [abs].