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Jacob D. Haqq-Misra (B.S., Astrophysics, 2005)


I am currently working on my Ph.D. in meteorology and astrobiology at Penn State University with my advisors Jim Kasting and Sukyoung Lee.

My MS paper, which I defended on August 22, is titled “A Revised, Hazy Methane Greenhouse for the Archean Earth”. My Ph.D. research involves the use of 3-D general circulation climate models to estimate the outer edge of the habitable zone -- - the farthest an Earth-like planet could be from its parent star and still sustain standing liquid water. I am enjoying being part of this department and community. State College is a great place to live. I am active with a band named Cootie Brown--a seven-piece funk/jazz/reggae group. I have been playing congas and percussion with Cootie Brown for a year and a half. Our debut album, titled “Meltdown” was released August 24. Details about our shows and albums can be found at our website or our myspace page