Biography: I got a liberal education at Yuanpei College and received a BS in physics from Peking University. In 2019, I came to the University of Chicago for PhD study in geophysical sciences.
Research Interests: I use mathematical and numerical methods to explain the physics of planetary climates. I am interested in terrestrial climates beyond modern Earth as well as the potential habitability on other planets. My research currently focuses on (1) the temperature and hydrological cycle of arid climates (e.g., Mars, Titan); (2) atmosphere-interior interaction on exoplanets.
B. Fan, M. F. Jansen, M. A. Mischna, and E. S. Kite, (in prep): The decorrelation of surface temperature and topography due to the greenhouse effect decline on early Mars
B. Fan, Z. Tan, T. A. Shaw, and E. S. Kite, (2021): Reducing surface wetness leads to tropical hydrological cycle regime transition, Geophysical Research Letters, 48(8), e2020GL090746
Nie, J. and B. Fan, (2019): Roles of dynamic forcings and diabatic heating in summer extreme precipitation in East China and the southeastern United States, Journal of Climate, 32, 5815-5831
Presentation and Posters:
B. Fan, E. Lee, and E. S. Kite, (2021): Squeeze the atmosphere into magma: how does atmosphere-magma interaction impact the sub-Neptune mass-radius relation?, the Great Lakes Exoplanet Area Meeting (GLEAM) 2021
B. Fan, E. Lee, and E. S. Kite, (2021): Magma-atmosphere interactions impact mass-radius relation of sub-Neptunes, EPSC 2021
B. Fan, Z. Tan, T. A. Shaw, and E. S. Kite, (2020): Reducing surface wetness leads to tropical hydrological cycle regime transition, AGU Fall Meeting 2020
B. Fan and E. S. Kite, (2018): Upper Limit on a Paleo-Equatorial Ridge from a Tidally-Disrupted Moon of Mars, LPSC 2018