Talking super-Earths at a 2014 press briefing

Dr. Nicolas B. Cowan
(514) 398-1967

McGill Space Institute
3550 University St, #202
Montréal, QC H3A 2A7

Curriculum Vitae


Exoplanet Characterization at McGill

I'm an assistant professor in the McGill Space Institute who studies the climate of exoplanets. Specifically, I construct maps of these distant worlds by monitoring how their brightness and color change with time (for a slightly more detailed description, read this review). In addition to empirical work on hot Jupiter atmospheres using the Spitzer Space Telescope, I'm leading an international team to figure out how next-generation space missions could map the surfaces of terrestrial exoplanets. I'm an instigator of the ExoClimes meetings, which (unsurprisingly!) cover most of the scientific areas that interest me. As a member of NASA's ExoPAG executive committee, I promote research in exoplanet climate and help map out the landscape of future exoplanet missions. When not working, I can usually be found playing with my son and enjoying the outdoors.

Interested in Exoplanet Research?

If you want to do graduate research with me (MSc or PhD), then apply into either the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences or the Physics Department, depending on your background. At the undergraduate level, many programs will teach you skills relevant to exoplanet research, including Major Physics & Computer Science (66 credits), Major Atmospheric Science and Physics (67 credits), or Major Physics and Geophysics (69 credits). If you're certain you want to pursue graduate studies afterwards, then consider Honours Atmospheric Science (73 credits), Honours Planetary Sciences (78 credits), or Honours Physics (78 credits).