Benjamin Charnay [EMAIL]

Postdoctoral Research Associate,

Astrobiology Areas of Interest: Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures


I am a planetary scientist working with the Virtual Planet Laboratory in the Astronomy Department at the University of Washington in Seattle WA to study the atmospheres of exoplanets and the early Earth. I am particularly interested in the impact of clouds and haze on climate and observational spectra.

I earned my Ph.D. in 2014 in Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (Paris, France) working on the 3D modelling of the atmospheres of Titan and the early Earth.


Selected Publications:

Charnay B., Forget F., Wordsworth, Leconte J., Millour E., Codron F. and Spiga A. Exploring the faint young Sun problem and the possible climates of the Archean Earth with a 3D GCM. Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmospheres).

Leconte J., Forget F., Charnay B., Wordsworth R. and Pottier A. Increased insolation threshold for runaway greenhouse processes on Earth like planets. Nature.

Charnay B. and Lebonnois S. Two boundary layers in Titan's lower troposphere inferred from a climate model. Nature Geoscience.

Wordsworth R., Forget F., Selsis F., Millour E., Charnay B. and Madeleine J.-B. Gliese 581d is the First Discovered Terrestrial-mass Exoplanet in the Habitable Zone. The Astrophysical Journal Letter.