Howard Chen

Howard Chen

Ph.D Student
Email: howard at
Location: Tech F484

Curriculum Vitae | Research Website


My research entails understanding the atmospheres and climate of Earth and Earth-like planets. In the past, I have used several 1-D numerical models to simulate planet structure and atmosphere. Currently, I am working on using 3-D climate models (such as CAM) to predict the atmospheric and surface conditions of Earth analogues. In particular, I am investigating how hazes/clouds produced by aerosols can effect habitability of Earth or super-Earth sized planets. Studies such as these may both inform our understanding of climate change on our own planet as well as future efforts to search for other planets that may be potentially hospitable for life.


B.A. Physics, Boston University 2016

Funding Awards

Boston University Undergraduate Opportunities Program 2015, Summer and Semester Award

Selected Publications

Payne, R., Britt, A., Chen, H., Kasting, J. F., Catling, D. (2016). The Response of Phanerozoic Surface Temperature to Variations in Atmospheric Oxygen Concentration. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres.

Chen, H., Rogers, L. A. (2016). Evolutionary Analysis of Gaseous Sub-Neptune-Mass Planets with MESA. The Astrophysical Journal, Accepted.

Schlawin, E., Zhao, M., Chen, H.  (2016). Reduced Activity and Large Particles from the Disintegrating Planet Candidate KIC 12557548b. The Astrophysical Journal, Published.

Kasting, J. F., Chen, H., D., and  Kopporapu, R. (2015). Stratospheric Temperatures and Water Loss in the Moist Greenhouse Atmospheres of Earth-like Planets. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Published.

Research Interests

  • Astrobiology
  • Earth Climate Modeling
  • Extrasolar Planets
August 30, 2017