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. Recently I've been focusing a lot of effort on terrestrial exoplanets and habitability. We have a really great community with three faculty in our department and three in astronomy working on exoplanets. Here is a list of our recent PhD graduates in the area.

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

Fun stuff

Group Pics!


Daniel Graduates!!

Scotia, aka Professor Dog

Mustache pick up competition!