The Habitable Planet Network was formed in response to our planetary challenges in an age of discovery. It is co-led by Caleb Scharf, senior lecturer at the Department of Astronomy and director at the Columbia Astrobiology Center, and Linda Sohl, planet-systems scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Presently a 14-person group with members from Lamont, GISS, Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Applied Physics and Earth and Environmental Sciences, the network seeks to draw together Columbia’s strengths in planetary science and geoscience, exoplanetary science, astrobiology, and solar system science, together with biological systems and ecological science, to develop a set of interdisciplinary research themes centered around the concept of planetary habitability.


Network Head(s)

Name Title Email
Halliday , Alexander Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Founding Dean Emeritus of the Climate School anh2141@columbia.edu
Stockwell, Brent Professor of Biological Sciences and of Chemistry bstockwell@columbia.edu
McCarthy, Christine Lamont Associate Research Professor cm3107@columbia.edu
Kipping, David Assistant Professor of Astronomy dmk2184@columbia.edu
Csuka, Joleen Graduate Student jmc2330@columbia.edu
Landweber, Laura Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and of Biological Sciences laura.landweber@columbia.edu
Way, Michael michael.j.way@nasa.gov
Kelemen, Peter Thomas Alva Edison/Con Edison Professor peterk@ldeo.columbia.edu
Wentzcovitch, Renata rmw2150@columbia.edu
Solomon, Sean Adjunct Senior Research Scientist solomon@ldeo.columbia.edu

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