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Nicolas Cowan

Nicolas Cowan Canada Research Chair in Planetary Climate
McGill Space Institute
3550 University Street
Montreal, QC,   H3A 2A7


Research field: Exoplanets; exoplanet’s climate.

Description of the research project:
Nicolas Cowan's research aims to better understand and solve the complex problems of exoplanet science by taking advantage of their diversity. He uses high precision infrared and optical measurements to study the atmospheres and construct maps of these distant worlds. In addition to empirical work on hot Jupiter climate using the Spitzer Space Telescope, he is leading an international team figuring out how next-generation space missions could map the surfaces of terrestrial exoplanets. Nicolas Cowan is one of the instigators of the ExoClimes conferences, which cover most of the scientific areas related to his research interests. As a member of national and international committees, he promotes research in exoplanet climate and helps map out the landscape of future exoplanet missions.

List of graduate students:
Anne Boucher (Postdoc), Margaret Bruna (M.Sc.), Mahesh Herath (Ph.D.), Vigneshwaran Krishnamurthy (Postdoc), Keavin Moore (Ph.D.), Thomas Navarro (Postdoc), Jared Splinter (M.Sc.), Cheryl Wang (M.Sc.)

Prix et distinctions:

  • 2015-11 à 2016-10 : Kavli Frontiers Fellow, Kavli Foundation
  • 2013-11 à 2014-10 : Kavli Frontiers Fellow, Kavli Foundation