Dorian AbbotAssociate Professor

Research Focus:
Climate, paleoclimate, ice, habitability, and exoplanets
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I have an undergraduate degree in physics (2004, Harvard) and a PhD in applied math (2008, Harvard). I came to the University of Chicago as a Chamberlin Fellow and stayed on as a faculty member.

Research Interests

I use mathematical and computational models to understand and explain fundamental problems in Earth and Planetary Sciences. I have worked on problems related to climate, paleoclimate, the cryosphere, planetary habitability, and exoplanets, but I'm always excited to think about new things. I work best with students who have strong mathematical skills that they want to apply to cool problems.

Selected Publications

  • Koll, D.D.B. and D.S. Abbot (2016), Temperature Structure and Atmospheric Circulation Strength of Tidally Locked Rocky Exoplanets, Astrophysical Journal, 825, 99. PDF
  • Abbot, D.S. (2016), Analytical investigation of the decrease in the size of the habitable zone due to limited CO2 outgassing rate, Astrophysical Journal, 827, 117. PDF

  • Komacek, T.D. and D.S. Abbot (2016), Effect of surface-mantle water exchange parameterizations on exoplanet ocean depths, Astrophysical Journal, 832, 54. PDF


Code used in some of my publications can be found here.

Fun stuff

Group Pics!

Daniel Graduates!!

Scotia, aka Professor Dog

Mustache pick up competition!