Jade CheclairGraduate Student

Research Focus:
Planetary Habitability, Extrasolar Planets
Hinds 577


I received my B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto in 2016, and came to the University of Chicago that same year.

I am developing statistical habitability tests we could use with future direct imaging instruments (LUVOIR and/or HabEx).  In particular, I am interested in ways to test the concept of the habitable zone and its boundaries using large samples of exoplanets. Currently, I am working on how we could test for a functioning silicate-weathering feedback on habitable exoplanets. My goal is to determine the feasibility of those statistical tests, by exploring how many exoplanets we would need to observe in order to conduct them given observational constraints.

I am also studying the climate of potentially habitable tidally locked planets, which may be common around M-dwarf stars. Currently, I am trying to determine whether those planets can go through climate limit cycles near the outer edge of the habitable zone.


  • J. Checlair, Abbot, D.S., Webber, R.J., Feng, Y.K., Bean, J.L., Schwieterman, E.W., Stark, C.C., Robinson, T.D., Kempton, M.-R., and co-signers (2019), A statistical comparative planetology approach to maximize the scientific return of futrue exoplanet characterization efforts, White Paper submitted to the National Academy of Sciences for the 2020 Astronomy Decadal Survey. (PDF)

  • J. Checlair, K. Menou, and D.S. Abbot (2017), No snowball on habitable tidally locked planets, Astrophysical Journal, 845:132. (PDF)

  • D.S. Abbot, J. Bloch-Johnson, J. Checlair, N.X. Farahat, RJ Graham, D. Plotkin, P. Popovic, F. Spaulding-Astudillo (2018), Decrease in hysteresis of planetary climate for planets with long solar days, The Astrophysical Journal, 854 (1), 3. (PDF)
  • J. Checlair, C.P. McKay, H. Imanaka (2016), Titan-like exoplanets: Variations in geometric albedo and effective transit height with haze production rate, Planetary and Space Science, 129, 1-12. (PDF)

Recorded Talks

Puppy Fun with Modern and Snowball Earth


  • Natural Hazards (Winter 2017, Winter 2018)
  • The Atmosphere (Spring 2017, Spring 2019) 
  • Global Warming (Fall 2017)

Other fun things

Skiing! (Les Houches Physics winter school on planetary circulation regimes, France 2017)

I'm originally from Brussels, Belgium, so I also speak French and think fries should only be eaten with mayo.