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 David & Lucile Packard Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2024

Research in High Energy Physics at Duke University awarded by Department of Energy (Co Investigator). 2013 to 2021

Wiseman, P., et al. “Supernova host galaxies in the dark energy survey: I. Deep coadds, photometry, and stellar masses.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 495, no. 4, Oxford University Press (OUP), July 2020, pp. 4040–60. Crossref, doi:10.1093/mnras/staa1302. Full Text Open Access Copy

Pursiainen, M., et al. “The mystery of photometric twins DES17X1boj and DES16E2bjy.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 494, no. 4, Oxford University Press (OUP), June 2020, pp. 5576–89. Crossref, doi:10.1093/mnras/staa995. Full Text

Shajib, A. J., et al. “STRIDES: a 3.9 per cent measurement of the Hubble constant from the strong lens system DES J0408−5354.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 494, no. 4, Oxford University Press (OUP), June 2020, pp. 6072–102. Crossref, doi:10.1093/mnras/staa828. Full Text

Smith, M., et al. “First cosmology results using type Ia supernovae from the Dark Energy Survey: the effect of host galaxy properties on supernova luminosity.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 494, no. 3, Oxford University Press (OUP), May 2020, pp. 4426–47. Crossref, doi:10.1093/mnras/staa946. Full Text Open Access Copy

Dhawan, S., et al. “Cosmological Model Insensitivity of Local H 0 from the Cepheid Distance Ladder.” Astrophysical Journal, vol. 894, no. 1, May 2020. Scopus, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab7fb0. Full Text Open Access Copy

Pesce, D. W., et al. “The Megamaser Cosmology Project. XIII. Combined Hubble Constant Constraints.” Astrophysical Journal Letters, vol. 891, no. 1, Mar. 2020. Scopus, doi:10.3847/2041-8213/ab75f0. Full Text

Popovic, B., et al. “Assessment of Systematic Uncertainties in the Cosmological Analysis of the SDSS Supernovae Photometric Sample.” Astrophysical Journal, vol. 890, no. 2, Feb. 2020. Scopus, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab6deb. Full Text

Huang, C. D., et al. “Hubble Space Telescope Observations of Mira Variables in the SN Ia Host NGC 1559: An Alternative Candle to Measure the Hubble Constant.” Astrophysical Journal, vol. 889, no. 1, Jan. 2020. Scopus, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab5dbd. Full Text

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


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