Daniel M. Scolnic

Daniel M. Scolnic

Assistant Professor of Physics

Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708


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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University 2013

  • B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2007

Selected Grants

Big Data and the Biggest Tension in Cosmology awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2024

Research in High Energy Physics at Duke University awarded by Department of Energy (Co Investigator). 2013 to 2020

Villar, V. A., et al. “Supernova Photometric Classification Pipelines Trained on Spectroscopically Classified Supernovae from the Pan-STARRS1 Medium-deep Survey.” Astrophysical Journal, vol. 884, no. 1, Oct. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab418c. Full Text

Morgan, R., et al. “A DECam Search for Explosive Optical Transients Associated with IceCube Neutrino Alerts.” Astrophysical Journal, vol. 883, no. 2, Oct. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab3a45. Full Text

Feinstein, A. D., et al. “Eleanor: An open-source tool for extracting light curves from the TESS full-frame images.” Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, vol. 131, no. 1003, Sept. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1538-3873/ab291c. Full Text

Abbott, T. M. C., et al. “Dark Energy Survey year 1 results: Constraints on extended cosmological models from galaxy clustering and weak lensing.” Physical Review D, vol. 99, no. 12, June 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.99.123505. Full Text

MacAulay, E., et al. “First cosmological results using Type Ia supernovae from the Dark Energy Survey: Measurement of the Hubble constant.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 486, no. 2, June 2019, pp. 2184–96. Scopus, doi:10.1093/mnras/stz978. Full Text

Hemmati, S., et al. “Photometric Redshift Calibration Requirements for WFIRST Weak-lensing Cosmology: Predictions from CANDELS.” Astrophysical Journal, vol. 877, no. 2, June 2019. Scopus, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab1be5. Full Text

Riess, A. G., et al. “Large Magellanic Cloud Cepheid Standards Provide a 1% Foundation for the Determination of the Hubble Constant and Stronger Evidence for Physics beyond ΛcDM.” Astrophysical Journal, vol. 876, no. 1, May 2019. Scopus, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab1422. Full Text

Hinton, S. R., et al. “Steve: A Hierarchical Bayesian Model for Supernova Cosmology.” Astrophysical Journal, vol. 876, no. 1, May 2019. Scopus, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab13a3. Full Text

Kessler, R., et al. “First cosmology results using Type Ia supernova from the Dark Energy Survey: Simulations to correct supernova distance biases.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 485, no. 1, May 2019, pp. 1171–87. Scopus, doi:10.1093/mnras/stz463. Full Text


Diehl, H. T., et al. “The Dark Energy Survey and operations: Years 4 and 5.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 10704, 2018. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.2312113. Full Text