Jade Checlair is a planetary scientist at the University of Chicago, where she is currently completing her PhD. Her research interests broadly include modeling the atmosphere and climate of habitable exoplanets and simulating future observations to detect extraterrestrial life. Her current work focuses on developing statistical tests of habitability that could be carried out with future NASA direct imaging instruments. In particular, she is interested in testing the concept of the habitable zone and its boundaries by using large numbers of exoplanets. Previously, she also worked on studying the climate of tidally locked planets orbiting M-stars. Notably, she showed that they are not expected to jump in and out of globally glaciated states as Earth-like planets do.
Dr. Joshua Krissansen-Totton is a planetary scientist and astrobiologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research focuses on modeling the atmospheric evolution of rocky planets to anticipate exoplanet biosignatures and false positives. Joshua's research interests also encompass modeling the coevolution of life and the environment to better understand the early Earth. In 2019 he was selected as a NASA Sagan Fellow.