Research

My research program is focused the analysis and interpretation of the bulk properties of exoplanets primary measured using space-based faculties such as NASA’s Kepler and TESS missions, the ESA GAIA Misson and upcoming missions such as JWST and a concept micro-satellite dedicated to exoplanet research being led by Bishop’s University. The observations from these missions are greatly increasing our understanding of how exoplanets form and evolve. 


Email

Jason.Rowe@ubishops.ca


Bio

Dr. Jason Rowe received his PhD from the University of British Columbia for his work on measuring the reflectivity of extra-solar planets using photometric measurements from the Canadian MOST satellite. After his doctorate, he joined the Kepler team as a NASA postdoctoral fellow contributing to Kepler’s early discoveries and was awarded the NASA Medal for Scientific Excellence for his work on measuring the fundamental parameters of exoplanets. Dr Rowe then joined the SETI Institute as a research scientist and member of the Kepler Science office and his continued work on exoplanets led to the discovery of Earth-sized planets in the habitable zone of stars in the sequence. main and bulk validation of 812 extrasolar planets. During his tenure at SETI, he received his second NASA Medal for Scientific Excellence. Dr Rowe then joined the JWST NIRISS instrument team at the University of Montreal to develop techniques and tools for measuring atmospheres on extrasolar planets. He currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Extrasolar Astrophysics of Planets at Bishop’s University. His current research goals are to determine what properties make a planet « Earth-like » and whether there is life beyond Earth. He is the author and co-author of over 200 publications with over 16,000 citations in total.


Publications (selected articles)

  • Sikora, J., Rowe, J., Howell, S. B., Mason, E., & Wade, G. A. (2020). Spectropolarimetric follow-up of 8 rapidly rotating, X-ray bright FK Comae candidates. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
  • Sikora, J., Wade, G., & Rowe, J. (2020). A spectroscopic test of the rotational modulation origin of periodic Kepler photometric variability of A-type stars. arXiv preprint arXiv:2009.04039.
  • Gilbert, E. A., Barclay, T., Schlieder, J. E., Quintana, E. V., Hord, B. J., Kostov, V. B., … & Silverstein, M. L. (2020). The First Habitable Zone Earth-sized Planet from TESS. I: Validation of the TOI-700 System. arXiv preprint arXiv:2001.00952.
  • Kostov, V. B., Orosz, J. A., Feinstein, A. D., Welsh, W. F., Cukier, W., Haghighipour, N., … & Triaud, A. H. (2020). TOI-1338: TESS’First Transiting Circumbinary Planet. The Astronomical Journal, 159(6), 253.
  • Li, J., Tenenbaum, P., Twicken, J. D., Burke, C. J., Jenkins, J. M., Quintana, E. V., … & Seader, S. E. (2019). Kepler Data Validation II–Transit Model Fitting and Multiple-planet Search. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 131(996), 024506.
  • Burke, C. J., Mullally, F., Thompson, S. E., Coughlin, J. L., & Rowe, J. F. (2019). Re-evaluating Small Long-period Confirmed Planets from Kepler. The Astronomical Journal, 157(4), 143.
  • Kostov, V. B., Schlieder, J. E., Barclay, T., Quintana, E. V., Colón, K. D., Brande, J., … & Kreidberg, L. (2019). The L 98-59 system: three transiting, terrestrial-size planets orbiting a nearby M dwarf. The Astronomical Journal, 158(1), 32.
  • Kostov, V. B., Schlieder, J. E., Barclay, T., Quintana, E. V., Colón, K. D., Brande, J., … & Kreidberg, L. (2019). The L 98-59 system: three transiting, terrestrial-size planets orbiting a nearby M dwarf. The Astronomical Journal, 158(1), 32.
  • Christiansen, J. L., Barclay, T., Fossati, L., France, K., Lopez, E., Rowe, J., … & Youngblood, A. (2019). Understanding Exoplanet Atmospheres with UV Observations I: NUV and Blue/Optical. arXiv preprint arXiv:1903.09150.
  • Lawler, S. M., Boley, A. C., Connors, M., Fraser, W., Gladman, B., Johnson, C. L., … & Wiegert, P. (2019). Planetary Astronomy-Understanding the Origin of the Solar System. arXiv preprint arXiv:1910.13480.
  • Marois, C., Gerard, B., Thompson, W., Dong, R., Metchev, S., van der Marel, N., … & Grandmont, F. (2019). Exoplanet Imaging: a technological and scientific road-map for finding Life signatures on other Worlds. clrp, 2020, 58.
  • Benneke, B., Cowan, N., Rowe, J., Marois, C., Metchev, S., Moores, J., … & Matthews, J. (2019). Exoplanet instrumentation in the 2020s: Canada’s pathway towards searching for life on potentially Earth-like exoplanets. clrp, 2020, 65.
  • Metchev, S., Artigau, É., Bell, T., Benneke, B., Boley, A., Choi, E., … & Kavelaars, J. J. (2019). Continuing Canadian Leadership in Small-satellite Astronomy. clrp, 2020, 67.
  • Thompson, S. E., Coughlin, J. L., Hoffman, K., Mullally, F., Christiansen, J. L., Burke, C. J., … & Rowe, J. F. (2018). Planetary candidates observed by Kepler. VIII. A fully automated catalog with measured completeness and reliability based on data release 25. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 235(2), 38.
  • Weiss, L. M., Isaacson, H. T., Marcy, G. W., Howard, A. W., Petigura, E. A., Fulton, B. J., … & Rowe, J. F. (2018). The California-Kepler Survey. VI. Kepler Multis and Singles Have Similar Planet and Stellar Properties Indicating a Common Origin. The Astronomical Journal, 156(6), 254.
  • Mullally, F., Thompson, S. E., Coughlin, J. L., Burke, C. J., & Rowe, J. F. (2018). Kepler’s Earth-like Planets Should Not Be Confirmed without Independent Detection: The Case of Kepler-452b. The Astronomical Journal, 155(5), 210.
  • Siwak, M., Ogloza, W., Moffat, A. F., Matthews, J. M., Rucinski, S. M., Kallinger, T., … & Guenther, D. B. (2018). Photometric variability of TW Hya from seconds to years as seen from space and the ground during 2013–2017. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 478(1), 758-783.
  • Siwak, M., Winiarski, M., Ogłoza, W., Dróżdż, M., Zoła, S., Moffat, A. F., … & Weiss, W. W. (2018). Insights into the inner regions of the FU Orionis disc. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 618, A79.
  • Kunimoto, M., Matthews, J. M., Rowe, J. F., & Hoffman, K. (2018). Lifting Transit Signals from the Kepler Noise Floor. I. Discovery of a Warm Neptune. The Astronomical Journal, 155(1), 43.
  • Richardson, N. D., Albert, L., Pablo, H., & Rowe, J. (2018). TYC 9040-2855-1: A Possible Eclipsing Binary with a Red Giant Primary. Research Notes of the AAS, 2(4), 218.
  • Rowe, J. F., Gaulme, P., Lissauer, J. J., Marley, M. S., Simon, A. A., Hammel, H. B., … & Caldwell, D. A. (2017). Time-series analysis of broadband photometry of Neptune from K2. The Astronomical Journal, 153(4), 149.
  • Rowe, J. F., Gaulme, P., Lissauer, J. J., Marley, M. S., Simon, A. A., Hammel, H. B., … & Caldwell, D. A. (2017). Time-series analysis of broadband photometry of Neptune from K2. The Astronomical Journal, 153(4), 149.
  • Kipping, D. M., Cameron, C., Hartman, J. D., Davenport, J. R., Matthews, J. M., Sasselov, D., … & Bakos, G. Á. (2017). No conclusive evidence for transits of Proxima b in MOST photometry. The Astronomical Journal, 153(3), 93.
  • Angelo, I., Rowe, J. F., Howell, S. B., Quintana, E. V., Still, M., Mann, A. W., … & Kane, S. R. (2017). Kepler-1649b: An exo-Venus in the solar neighborhood. The Astronomical Journal, 153(4), 162.
  • Naud, M. E., Artigau, É., Rowe, J. F., Doyon, R., Malo, L., Albert, L., … & Bouchard, S. (2017). A Search for Photometric Variability in the Young T3. 5 Planetary-mass Companion GU Psc b. The Astronomical Journal, 154(4), 138.
  • Bryson, S. T., Batalha, N. M., Colon, K. D., Coughlin, J. L., Haas, M. R., Henze, C., … & Latham, D. W. (2017). Kepler Certified False Positive Table.
  • Torres, G., Kane, S. R., Rowe, J. F., Batalha, N. M., Henze, C. E., Ciardi, D. R., … & Everett, M. E. (2017). Validation of small Kepler transiting planet candidates in or near the habitable zone. The Astronomical Journal, 154(6), 264.
  • Sikora, J., Wade, G. A., & Rowe, J. (2017). Deciphering the Surprising Variability of A-type Stars Revealed by Kepler. arXiv preprint arXiv:1712.02821.
  • Morton, T. D., Bryson, S. T., Coughlin, J. L., Rowe, J. F., Ravichandran, G., Petigura, E. A., … & Batalha, N. M. (2016). False positive probabilities for all Kepler objects of interest: 1284 newly validated planets and 428 likely false positives. The Astrophysical Journal, 822(2), 86.
  • Coughlin, J. L., Mullally, F., Thompson, S. E., Rowe, J. F., Burke, C. J., Latham, D. W., … & Wolfgang, A. (2016). Planetary candidates observed by Kepler. VII. The first fully uniform catalog based on the entire 48-month data set (Q1–Q17 DR24). The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 224(1), 12.
  • Jontof-Hutter, D., Ford, E. B., Rowe, J. F., Lissauer, J. J., Fabrycky, D. C., Van Laerhoven, C., … & Mazeh, T. (2016). Secure mass measurements from transit timing: 10 Kepler exoplanets between 3 and 8 M⊕ with diverse densities and incident fluxes. The Astrophysical Journal, 820(1), 39.
  • MacDonald, M. G., Ragozzine, D., Fabrycky, D. C., Ford, E. B., Holman, M. J., Isaacson, H. T., … & Rowe, J. F. (2016). A dynamical analysis of the Kepler-80 system of five transiting planets. The Astronomical Journal, 152(4), 105.
  • Quintana, E. V., Barclay, T., Borucki, W. J., Rowe, J. F., & Chambers, J. E. (2016). The frequency of giant impacts on Earth-like worlds. The Astrophysical Journal, 821(2), 126.
  • Weiss, L. M., Rogers, L. A., Isaacson, H. T., Agol, E., Marcy, G. W., Rowe, J. F., … & Fabrycky, D. (2016). Revised masses and densities of the planets around Kepler-10. The Astrophysical Journal, 819(1), 83.
  • Simon, A. A., Rowe, J. F., Gaulme, P., Hammel, H. B., Casewell, S. L., Fortney, J. J., … & Wong, M. H. (2016). Neptune’s dynamic atmosphere from Kepler K2 observations: implications for brown dwarf light curve analyses. The Astrophysical Journal, 817(2), 162.
  • Siwak, M., Ogloza, W., Rucinski, S. M., Moffat, A. F., Matthews, J. M., Cameron, C., … & Weiss, W. W. (2016). Stable and unstable accretion in the classical T Tauri stars IM Lup and RU Lup as observed by MOST. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 456(4), 3972-3984.
  • DeVore, J., Rappaport, S., Sanchis-Ojeda, R., Hoffman, K., & Rowe, J. (2016). On the detection of non-transiting exoplanets with dusty tails. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 461(3), 2453-2460.
  • Richardson, N. D., Moffat, A. F., Maltais–Tariant, R., Pablo, H., Gies, D. R., Saio, H., … & Aldoretta, E. J. (2016). Spectroscopy, MOST photometry, and interferometry of MWC 314: is it an LBV or an interacting binary?. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 455(1), 244-257.