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Dr. Daniel Schmidt

Dr. Daniel Schmidt, Math Dept

Assistant Professor of Mathematics




  • Ph.D. Environmental Science, University of Virginia, 2020
  • M.S. Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, 2018
  • Ph.D. Mathematics, Virginia Tech, 2015
  • M.S. Mathematics, Virginia Tech, 2010
  • B.S. Mathematics, Liberty University, 2007


Dr. Daniel Schmidt serves as an assistant professor of Mathematics at Liberty. He began his career in mathematics and specialized in functional analysis with a focus on problems motivated by quantum mechanics. He has since worked in climate science with a focus on larger-scale atmospheric circulation. After graduate work and a postdoctoral research position in climate dynamics, he returned to Liberty University to teach mathematics.  Today he enjoys teaching mathematics courses at a variety of levels.

Courses Taught

  • Math 121: College Algebra
  • Math 128:  Elementary Functions and Coordinate Geometry
  • Math 131:  Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • Math 250:  Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
  • Math 307:  Introduction to Number Theory
  • Math 350:  Discrete Mathematics

Edited Works

  • Liu, X., Grise, K. M., Schmidt, D. F., & David, R. E. (2021).  Regional characteristics of variability in the northern hemisphere wintertime polar front jet and subtropical jet in observations and CMIP6 models.  Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 12(22), http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/essoar.10506595.2
  • Schmidt, D. F., & Grise, K. M. (2021).  Drivers of Twenty-First Century U.S. Winter Precipitation Trends in CMIP6 Models: A Storyline-Based Approach.  Journal of Climate, 34(16), 6875-6889, https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-21-0080.1
  • Schmidt, D.F., Amaya, D.J., Grise, K. M., & Miller, A. J. (2020).  Impacts of shifting subtropical highs on the California Current and Canary Current systems.  Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL088996, https://doi.org/10/1029/2020GL088996
  • Schmidt, D. F., & Grise, K. M. (2019).  Impacts of subtropical highs on summertime precipitation in North America.  Journal of Geophysical Research:  Atmospheres, 124, 11188-11204, doi:10.1029/2019JD031282
  • Scanlon, T. S., Schmidt, D. F., Skaggs, T. (2019). Correlation-Based Flux Partitioning of Water Vapor and Carbon Dioxide Fluxes: Method Simplification and Estimation of Canopy Water Use Efficiency, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 279, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2019/107732
  • Schmidt, D. F., Grise, K. M., & Pace, M. L. (2019). High-frequency climate oscillations drive ice-off for Northern Hemisphere lakes and rivers. Climatic Change, 152(3-4), 517-532.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-018-2361-5
  • Schmidt, D. F., & Grise, K. M. 92017). The response of local precipitation and sea level pressure to Hadley cell expansion.  Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 10,573-10,582.  https://doi.org/10.1002/2017GL075380
  • Elgart, A. & Schmidt, D. (2015). Eigenvalue Counting Inequalities, with Applications to Schrodinger Operators.  Journal of Spectral Theory, 5(2), 251-278

Research Interests

  • Climate science, large-scale atmospheric dynamics
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