Dr. Ngai Ham Chan

Ngai Ham Chan
Dr. Ngai Ham Chan
Building A 27, Room 101
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-27522

Function and Responsibilities:

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Research Interests:

  • Arctic sediment transport and its relationship with the permafrost landscape and the formation of Arctic deltas
  • The trapping of water and other volatiles on tidally-locked extrasolar planets, the implications on their rotational dynamics and, ultimately, habitability. 
  • Utilisation of state-of-the-art three-dimensional planetary sea-level model to simulate and to help understand the complex interactions between climate, ice-sheet evolution, planetary deformation, and global sea level. 
  • Various geophysical aspects in the examination of whether or not Mars once hosted an ocean. 
  • The rotational stability of terrestrial planets and how it is affected by a planet's climate history, interior structure and rheology, internal dynamics, and other factors. 


Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences [September, 2019-present]

Research Associate, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University [April-August, 2019]

McGill Space Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University [January, 2017-March, 2019]

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics & the Centre for Planetary Sciences, University of Toronto [January, 2015-December, 2016]

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona [June-December, 2014]


Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University [May, 2014]

A.M. in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University [March, 2012]

M.Sc. in Geophysics, University of Toronto [November, 2008]

Hon. B.Sc. in Astronomy and Physics (specialist), University of Toronto [June, 2007]


McGill Space Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, McGill Space Institute, McGill University [2017-2019]

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada [2014-2016]

University of Toronto Fellowship, University of Toronto [2007-2009]