Ivan Sudakov will be Assistant Professor in Physics at University of Dayton

This August I will be appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Dayton in Ohio. The main areas of this position are environmental physics and the physics of climate. Though it might appear remarkable to move from a math department to a physics department, it is not unusual for an interdisciplinary researcher. My previous and current research lie mostly in the field of nonlinear and statistical physics.

It is really sorrowful to leave beautiful Utah. As poet Minnie J. Hardy wrote:
               "I’m glad to be here where the mountains rise
                Dazzling white ‘neath the clear blue skies."

The very beautiful nature and the strength of Ken Golden's team allowed me to get interesting scientific results in mathematics and sea ice. We studied the evolution of melt ponds on the surface of Arctic sea ice as a complex stochastic process. We proposed two models describing the stochastic dynamics of melt pond geometry -- an analog of the Ising model from statistical mechanics, and a low-order stochastic dynamical systems model of energy balance in the climate system. These models facilitate the investigation of critical phenomena in the Earth’s cryosphere, and melting sea ice in particular.

MCRN opened a new world for me. I am grateful for the opportunities that I was granted via the Ed Lorenz Postdoctoral fellowship. I got a chance to represent MCRN at different conferences, workshops and long-term programs. I learned a lot of wonderful concepts and material from MCRNers. I trained to work in interdisciplinary teams. We have completed a few projects in the framework of MCRN collaborative mini-grants, e.g. together with Ken Golden and Yi-Ping Ma (CU Boulder) we have suggested a new statistical physics method in sea ice complexity research; the team of Tom Bellsky (UMaine), Alex Mahalov (ASU), Eric Kostelich (ASU) and I developed mathematics and climate posters as a useful tool in the educational process. With SAVI support, Timothy Lenton (U Exeter), Luke Mander (the Open University) and I are developing the field of tundra lakes geometry and its evolution.

At a new stage in my academic career, I hope to continue collaborating with fellow MCRNers. In particular, I will help to develop a new Hanley Institute of Sustainability at the University of Dayton, and I hope to attract all interested MCRN members to participate in the programs of this interdisciplinary institute.

I am looking forward to discovering the Midwest!

Congratulations, Ivan!


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