Taylor Bell

PhD student, McGill Universitytaylor_bell

Taylor is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Physics at McGill University under the supervision of Nicolas Cowan from McGill University and Pierre Bastien from Université de Montréal. His current research focuses on the characterization of exoplanet atmospheres, especially highly-irradiated exoplanets. One of Taylor’s current projects uses the newly commissioned POMM at the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic to study the polarization of light coming from known hot Jupiters. He also use data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope to study hot Jupiter atmospheres. Recently, Taylor has also begun to dabble with modelling the atmospheres of highly-irradiated exoplanets.

Previously, Taylor received his B.Sc. Honours in Physics at the University of Saskatchewan in 2016, specializing in astronomy. In the summer of 2014, his first NSERC USRA project at McMaster University under the supervision of Doug Welch and Alison Sills aimed to create a modern, uniform catalogue of variable stars in Milky Way globular clusters. His second NSERC USRA at the University of Toronto was supervised by Howard Yee and Allison Noble. In this project, he studied the effect of environmental density and galactic stellar mass on the star formation rate of z~1 galaxies. His undergraduate research project, supervised by Doug Welch, tried to find evidence of binarity in Type II Cepheid variable stars in Milky Way globular clusters.


Nicolas Cowan and Pierre Bastien

In the media

Observations of Comet ISON as part of CASCA’s CANSTAR observing program


Email: taylor.bell@mail.mcgill.ca
Office: Room 201, McGill Space Institute, McGill