University of Washington
LINCC Frameworks Project Scientist
Colin Orion Chandler’s research focuses on solar system bodies, especially asteroids with comet-like tails, known as active asteroids. Active asteroids hold clues about the formation of the solar system, the origins of water on Earth, and the present-day volatile distribution, which is important for future space exploration missions. Colin leads the Citizen Science project Active Asteroids (a NASA Partner) with the aim of finding more active asteroids with the help of volunteers on the Zooniverse platform. Colin also works on exoplanetary atmosphere modeling and habitability and hopes to find LSST science cases for all of these areas of science. Colin is an avid outdoors enthusiast, and cross-country skis, snowboards, mountain bikes, stand-up paddleboards, and more, often with his partner Mark.