Textbook and other writings


Because there are so many ongoing discoveries in astrobiology there is an online companion to the book. This contains both additional material for teaching and courses, but also a growing library of “news” items that are briefly described, with source material links, and fully cross-indexed to the chapters of the book. If you’re teaching and want to either pull in some more recent discoveries, or simply expand on the material then take a look.

  1. A few years ago I started teaching an upper level course in the astronomy department at Columbia University on exoplanets and astrobiology. Because it was meant to be a more quantitative course (calculus, physics, problem solving) I found there was no text I could turn to. I then decided to convert my own notes into a usable textbook. Three years later, thanks to the good grace of University Science Books, it is now a bona fide volume.

Online companion to textbook

Other writings

Two examples of other writing, both still firmly in the academic world:

Book review for Science (“How to build planets”, Oct 2006)

Review article “Moons of exoplanets: habitats for life ?”, included in volume Exoplanets: Detection, Formation, Properties, Habitability (Springer Praxis Books / Astronomy and Planetary Sciences), Ed. J. Mason, 2008