MIT Kavli Institute Directory

Daniel Koll

EAPS Postdoctoral Fellow with an MKI Affiliation Postdoctoral Scholar

I am a McDonnell postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT.

Research interests: 

I study the atmospheres of exoplanets and 'exotic' past climates on Earth. My goal is to develop theories that help us understand why and how these climates differ from Earth's present-day climate. I am particularly interested in the unusual climates of tidally locked planets, which offer a unique opportunity over the coming few years for testing climate theories against astronomical observations. I am also interested in the dynamics of clouds and convection, and how these dynamics shape the habitability of terrestrial planets.

Representative publications: 

See here: Google Scholar

Honors and awards: 

James S. McDonnell Foundation postdoctoral fellowship (2017) | AGU outstanding student paper (2016) | University of Chicago Harper dissertation fellowship (2015)

Contact Information

t: 773-931-7849
e: dkoll@MIT.EDU


Research Areas


Ph.D., Geophysical Sciences, The University of Chicago (2016) A.B., Physics and Philosophy (minor), Harvard University (2010)