Daniel Rothman's work has contributed widely to the understanding of the organization of the natural environment, resulting in fundamental advances in subjects ranging from seismology and fluid flow to biogeochemistry and geobiology. He has also made significant contributions to research in statistical physics. Recent areas of focused interest include the dynamics of Earth’s carbon cycle, the co-evolution of life and the environment, and the physical foundation of natural geometric forms.
Rothman joined the MIT faculty in 1986, after receiving his AB in applied mathematics from Brown University and his PhD in geophysics from Stanford University. In 2011, Rothman and his colleague Kerry Emanuel co-founded MIT’s Lorenz Center, a privately funded interdisciplinary research center devoted to learning how climate works. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Geophysical Union.
Cohen, Y. and Devauchelle, O. and Seybold, H. F. and Yi, R. S. and Szymczak, P. and Rothman, D. H. (2016) Path selection in the growth of rivers Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 112, no. 46, pp. 14132-14137, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1413883112
Levi L. Conant Prize (American Mathematical Society) (2016) | Fellow, American Geophysical Union (2014) | Fellow, American Physical Society (2012) | Jeanne Rosselet Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (2007-2008) | MIT Global Habitat Longevity Award (2007) | Outstanding Paper in Geophysics (Society of Exploration Geophysicists) (1986)