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Howard Chen

PhD Defended 2021, Postdoctoral Program Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

B.A. Physics, Boston University, 2016
Curriculum Vitae


My research entails understanding the atmospheres and climate of Earth and Earth-like planets. In the past in my undergrad, I have used several 1-D numerical models to simulate planet structure and atmosphere. Currently, I am working on using 3-D chemistry-climate models (such as WACCM) to predict biosignatures from Earth analogues. In particular, I am investigating how their abundances and distributions may be shifted due to changes in stellar spectra and planetary rotation period. I hope my work will be able to inform current and future efforts to search for a second biosphere in the solar neighborhood.

Funding Awards

Boston University Undergraduate Opportunities Program 2015, Summer and Semester Award

Selected Publications

Howard Chen, Eric Wolf, Ravi Kopparapu, Shawn Domogal-Goldman, Daniel Horton, Biosignature Anisotropy Modeled on Temperate Tidally Locked M-dwarf Planets, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 868, Issue 1, article id. L6, 9 pp. (2018)

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.


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