About Me


Hi there! My name is Howard Chen and I am a third year graduate student at Northwestern University’s Department of Earth & Planetary Science, associated with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research & Exploration in Astrophysics. Starting in Fall 2019, my research will be supported by a three-year Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) Research Award. Before arriving to NU, I graduated with a B.A in physics at Boston University in May 2016.

I was born in Taipei, Taiwan, to a doctor and an ecologist. I spent my childhood in beautiful Burnaby, Vancouver, one of the suburbs in Canada’s West Coast. I moved back to Taiwan in middle school and then came to the US for high school/college, and now for graduate school here at Northwestern.

I am interested in research topics driven by cornerstone questions at the intersection between Earth science, planetary science, and astronomy. I have worked on exoplanet structure, climate modeling, and planetary astrophysics with scientists such as Dr. Leslie Rogers, Dr. James Kasting, and Dr. Abraham Loeb. I was also a part of the IRTF/Cornell exoplanet observational campaign.

Now, I am primarily working with climate scientist Dr. Daniel Horton and collabs at NASA Goddard Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration group on modeling the atmospheres of Earth-like and terrestrials planets around low-mass stars.

Please see my Google Scholar page for a list of my recent publications.