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

  • Popović, P., Cael, B. B., Silber, M., & Abbot, D. S. (2018). Simple rules govern the patterns of Arctic sea ice melt ponds. Physical review letters, 120(14), 148701. PDF

  • Abbot, D. S., Bloch-Johnson, J., Checlair, J., Farahat, N. X., Graham, R. J., Plotkin, D.,  Popovic, P., & Spaulding-Astudillo, F. (2018). Decrease in hysteresis of planetary climate for planets with long solar days. The Astrophysical Journal, 854(1), 3. PDF

  • Bean, J.L., D.S. Abbot and E. M.-R. Kempton (2017), A Statistical Comparative Planetology Approach to the Hunt for Habitable Exoplanets and Life Beyond the Solar System, Astrophysical Journal, 841:L24. PDF

  • Checlair, J., K. Menou, and D.S. Abbot (2017), No snowball on habitable tidally locked planets, Astrophysical Journal, 845:132. PDF

Fun stuff

Science Family Pics

Punting in Oxford

Lovelock's 100th birthday

Olivia at Lovelock's Gaia Party

AGU, grad student down #1

AGU, grad student down #2

Tree Pose on Tree

Boat Trip, Houston 1

Boat Trip, Houston 2

The Beast, Houston

Hike at Waterfall Glen

RJ and Francisco climbing


RJ in Pompeii brothel

Dorian in Pompeii brothel

Sweet fanny packs for Rome conference

Killing a Roman soldier

Utah hike!

Jade conquering Snowbird!

Ridin' on the City of New Orleans!

Getting into AGU


Ski break at the Les Houches School of Physics

Professor Dog

Picking up mustaches

Daniel graduates!

Beach party