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Jason F Rowe


Sherbrooke, QC

(819) 822-9600;2049‬

Selected Publications

Rowe, J.F. et al.. 2017, AJ, 153, 149
Time-series Analysis of Broadband Photometry of Neptune from K2

Rowe, J.F. et al.. 2015, ApJS, 217, 16
Planetary Candidates Observed by Kepler, V: Planet Sample from Q1-Q12 (36 Months)

Rowe, J.F. et al.. 2014, ApJ, 784, 45
Validation of Kepler's Multiple Planet Candidates. III. Light Curve Analysis and Announcement of Hundreds of New Multi-planet Systems

Rowe J.F. et al. 2010, ApJ, 713, 150
Kepler Observations of Hot Compact Objects

Rowe J.F. et al. 2008, ApJ, 689, 1345
The Very Low Albedo of an Extrasolar Planet: MOST Space-based Photometry of HD 209458


Canada Research Chair
July 2017

Determining What Makes a Planet Earth-like.

Nasa Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal
August 2016

Validation of 800+ Transiting Extrasolar Planets

Nasa Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal
August 2011

Development of a Model to Integrate the Diverse Types of Kepler Measurements to Derive the Characteristics of the Planet and the Host Star

Contact Info

Bishop’s Univeristy
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, J1M 1Z7


Dr. Jason Rowe received his PhD at the University of British Columbia for his work on measuring the reflectively of extra-solar planets using photometric measurements from the Canadian MOST Satellite. After his PhD Dr. Rowe joined the Kepler team as a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow contributing towards the first Kepler discoveries and was awarded the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement medal for his work on measuring fundamental parameters of exoplanets. Dr. Rowe then joined the SETI Institute as a research scientist and member of Kepler Science office and his continued work on exoplanets lead to the discovery of Earth-sized planets in the habitable zone of main-sequence stars and bulk validation of 812 extrasolar planets. During his tenure at SETI he was awarded his second NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement medal. Dr. Rowe then joined the JWST NIRISS Instrument team at Université de Montréal to develop techniques and tools to measure the atmospheres on extrasolar planets. Dr. Rowe is currently a Canada Research Chair in Extrasolar Planet Astrophysics, his current research goals are to determine what properties make a planet ‘Earth-like’ and whether there is life beyond Earth. He has authored and co-authored over 200 publications with over 16000 total citations.

Work Experience

Full Professor, Bishop’s University
July 2017 - Current

Department of Physics and Astronomy.

PHY114 - Introduction to Astronomy.

PHY214 - Astronomy and Astrophysics.

PHY208 - Introduction to Mechanics.

PHY325 - Computational Physics.

PHY480 - Honours Research Dissertation.

PHY580 - Graduate Seminar Course.

Senior Scientist, SETI Institute
November 2011 - Current

Uniform Modeling of Kepler Objects of Interest

JWST NIRISS/FGS Research Scientist, Université de Montréal
September 2015 - July 2017

Development of data reduction pipeline for CSA built NIRISS.

Kepler Science Office, NASA-Ames Research Center
November 2010 - September 2015

Kepler Mission Transit Scientist

Validation of 800+ Transiting Extrasolar Planets

NASA Postdoctoral Program, NASA-Ames Research Center
November 2007 - September 2010

Discovery and Characterization of Kepler's Transiting Exoplanets


University of British Columbia
Ph.D., Physics and Astronomy, December 2007

Thesis: An Upper Limit on the Albedo of HD 209458b: Direct Imaging Photometry with the MOST Satellite
Advisor: Dr. Jaymie Matthews

University of British Columbia
M.Sc., Astronomy, October 2003

Thesis: The Nature of M33’s AGB Stars
Advisor: Dr. Harvey Richer

University of Toronto
B.Sc., Physics and Astronomy, May, 2000

Thesis: CCD Observations of RR Lyrae Variables in Globular Clusters
Advisor: Dr. Christine Clement