Mathis’ interest in the field of astrobiology is driven by a sense of wonder about distant worlds and cosmic phenomena as well as by his love of science-fiction. This passion, combined with a dose of curiosity about the nature of the Universe, led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in physics which he is currently completing at McGill University. In a final project for an astrophysics course, he wrote about the capture and theft of planets between solar systems in star-forming regions of OB associations.
This summer, Mathis will continue studying exoplanets under the supervision of Professor Björn Benneke. His goal will be to develop a module for SCARLET, an atmosphere modeling algorithm, in order to compare observations from high-resolution near-infrared spectrographs to model spectra.