Jade CheclairGraduate Student

Research Focus:
Planetary Habitability, Extrasolar Planets
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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'm working on statistical methods we can use to test habitability hypotheses. In particular, I'm interested in ways to test the concept of the habitable zone.

I'm also studying the climate of potentially habitable tidally locked planets, which may be common around M-dwarf stars.


  • 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)

Puppy Fun with Modern and Snowball Earth


  • Natural Hazards (Winter 2017, Winter 2018)
  • The Atmosphere (Spring 2017) 
  • 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.