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Daniel Lathrop

Lathrop, Daniel P.

Research Interests: 

Professor Lathrop's current research interests include magnetorotational instability, turbulent dissipation, magnetoturbulence and dynamos, strongly nonlinear surface waves, ingassing in breaking waves, and chaotic light-scattering.


Professor. Lathrop received a B.A. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991.   He was a postdoctoral fellow, research affiliate, and lecturer at Yale University, and was later an assistant professor at Emory University.  He joined the University of Maryland in 1997.

Honors and Awards: 

Professor Lathrop received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the National Science Foundation in 1997.  He was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, Topical Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics, in 2005 and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012.     He was honored as an Ed Lorenz Lecturer in 2013.

Nonlinear Dynamics Laboratory
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