Ivan Sudakov

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Ivan Sudakov

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Ivan Sudakov is an assistant professor of physics at the University of Dayton. From 2012 to 2015, he held an appointment of research assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Utah. Dr. Sudakov has a Master's Degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. He specializes in mathematical modeling of physical and living systems. Particularly, he develops new methods of applied mathematics, nonlinear and statistical physics tailored to the needs of the Earth, environmental and planetary sciences. He has been awarded numerous fellowships, such as the Ed Lorenz Postdoctoral Fellowship, Isaac Newton Institute Visiting Fellowship, Nansen Fellowship etc. The German Federal Government awarded him the title "Green Talent" in 2013 for "his outstanding research of sea ice and his strong commitment to interdisciplinary interaction between mathematics and climate science".

Courses Taught

  • PHY 206: General Physics I (Calculus based Mechanics)
  • PHY 301: Thermal Physics (Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics)
  • PHY 470/570: Computational Physics (A graduate level course in computational modeling of various physics phenomena)


  • Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, Novgorod State University, 2012
  • A.B.D., Climate Science, St. Petersburg State University, 2011
  • M.Sc.., Physics, Ural State University, 2008
  • B.Eng., Innovations, Ural State University, 2008
  • B.Sc., Physics, Ural State University, 2006

Professional Activities

  • Organizer, mini-symposium “Statistical Physics and Nonlinear Dynamics for the Earth’s Cryosphere” at SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems, May 17-27, 2015, Snowbird, UT, USA.
  • Climate Systems Discipline Coordinator and Council Member of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), 2008 – 2010.
  • Review service for the journal “Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation.”
  • Member of American Physical Society (APS).
  • Member of Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
  • Member of Mathematics and Climate Research Network (MCRN).

Research Interests

  • Applied Dynamical Systems (tipping points theory for climate, bifurcation analysis of applied differential equations, pattern formation in ecosystems, mass extinction and biological evolution).
  • Stochastic Processes, Statistical Physics and Statistical Methods (the Fokker–Planck equation, Ising model, stochastic parameterization in climate models, statistical methods in oceanography, machine learning in geosciences and remote sensing).
  • Mathematics Education (infographics, gamification and educational technology, mathematics in teaching physics).

Selected Publications

For a complete and current list of publications, visit Dr. Sudakov's home page.

Selected Invited Talks

Critical Phenomena in the Earth’s Cryosphere: Nonlinear and Statistical Physics Perspectives, Physics & Astronomy Colloquium, January 7th 2015, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University, Provo UT, USA.

Critical Phenomena in Planetary Climate: Statistical Physics Approach, Mathematical Physics Seminar, September 18th, 2014, Department of Mathematics, Rutgers University-New Brunswick NJ, USA.

Transitions and Tipping Points in the Changing Arctic Cryosphere. The Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science Colloquium, September 17th, 2014, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University NY, USA.

The Modified Rayleigh-Benard Convection Problem and its Application to Greenhouse Gas Emissions Simulation. Numerical Analysis Seminar, September 15th, 2014, Department of Mathematics, NC State University NC, USA.

Mathematics of the Arctic Tipping Points. The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Seminar, April 2nd, 2014, the University of Colorado, Boulder CO, USA.

Some mathematical models for the Arctic tipping elements. Exeter Climate Systems seminar, the University of Exeter, December 11th, 2013, Exeter, the UK.
Mathematical modeling of the Arctic climate tipping points. Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling seminar, the University of Reading, December 10th, 2013, Reading, the UK.

Phase Transitions in the Arctic Climate System. Mathematics for the Fluid Earth Seminar, Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, November 27th, 2013, Cambridge, the UK.

Tipping Elements in the Arctic Climate System. Seminar of Theoretical Meteorology Department, the University of Hamburg, November 5th, 2013, Hamburg, Germany.

Tipping Points in Climate. The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Distinguished Scholar Seminar, October 16th, 2013, UMCES, MD, USA.