Jack Madden

Astrophysicist and Artist, Rhode Island School of Design


I graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 2014 with a B.A. in Astrophysics working with Dr. Froney Crawford on extragalactic pulsar surveys. I received my Ph.D. in astrophysics from Cornell University in 2020.

At Cornell, I worked with Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger on modeling the climates of potentially habitable exoplanets. I also worked with Dr. Natasha Holmes and Dr. Andrea Stevenson Won on using virtual reality in physics education.

In the Fall of 2020 I began my Master of Fine Arts degree at the Rhode Island School of Design. In their 2-year Digital + Media program I will focus on exploring our relationship with science by using it as a creative tool.

Research Focus

From modeling life on other worlds to

My recent work focuses on the role of surface color on the habitability of exoplanets. Using 1D climate and photochemistry models we can explore how planets behave under different conditions and construct references for future observations of potentially habitable exoplanets.



J. Madden & L. Kaltenegger. High-resolution Spectra for a Wide Range of Habitable Zone Planets around Sun-like Stars. ApJL (2020)

J. Madden & L. Kaltenegger. How surfaces shape the climate of habitable exoplanets. MNRAS (2020)

L. Kaltenegger, Z. Lin & J. Madden, High-Resolution Transmission Spectra of Earth through Geological Time. ApJL (2020)

L. Kaltenegger, J. Madden, Z. Lin, S. Rugheimer, A. Segura, R. Luque, E. Pallé, N. Espinoza. The Habitability of GJ 357 d: Possible Climates and Observability. ApJL (2019)

J. H. Madden, J. P. Schuldt, B. Kim, S. Pandita,  A. S. Won & N. G. Holmes. Ready Student One: Exploring predictors for student learning in virtual reality. PLOS ONE (2020)

L. Kaltenegger, J. Madden, Z. Lin, S. Rugheimer, A. Segura, R. Luque, E. Palle, N. Espinoza. The Habitability of GH 357 d: Possible Climates and Observability. ApJL (2019)

R. Luque et al. Planetary system around the nearby M dwarf GJ 357 including a transiting, hot, Earth-sized planet optimal for atmospheric  characterization. A&A (2019)

J. H. Madden & Lisa Kaltenegger. A Catalog of Spectra, Albedos, and Colors of Solar System Bodies for Exoplanet Comparison. Astrobiology Vol 18 No. 12 (2018)

J. H. Madden, A. S. Won, J. P. Schuldt, B. Kim, S. Pandita, Y. Sun, T. J. Stone, & N. G. Holmes. Virtual Reality as a Teaching Tool for Moon Phases and Beyond. Physics Education Research Conference. (2018)

C. Neish, J. Madden, L. Carter, B. Hawke, T. Giguere, V. Bray, G. Osinski, & J. Cahill. Global Distribution of Lunar Impact Melt Flows. Icarus 239 (2014): 105-117

J. Ridley, F. Crawford, D. Lorimer, S. Bailey, J. Madden, R. Anella, & J. Chennamangalam. Eight New Radio Pulsars in the Large Magellanic Cloud. MNRAS 433 (2013): 138-46