Hi! I’m a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA) at the University of Colorado Boulder and a recently-minted PhD at UNC Chapel Hill on the science team of Evryscope, a UNC project led by Dr. Nicholas Law (PI).¬†You can check out my Research, Teaching, Curriculum Vitae, or About pages here!

I currently lead the EvryFlare Survey collaboration, which investigates the habitability of rocky planets orbiting nearby flare stars. The survey has detected over 500 large stellar flares from hundreds of nearby K and M dwarf stars, including a superflare from Proxima Centauri. I am Principle Investigator of the NASA TESS Guest Investigator Programs 3174, “Multi-Wavelength Superflares And Planetary Habitability” and 4132, “Probing Impulsive Events In Huge Flares At High Cadence.” My publications are available on ADS, here.

I may be contacted by email at wshoward [at] unc dot edu.

Evryscope team during Evryscope-North deployment. Top: Ward Howard, Bottom (left to right): Jeff Ratzloff, Amy Glazier, Nicholas Law, Hank Corbett

Evryscope-North deployment. I’m helping to attach the telescope pier to the roof of the control room below.

Evryscope-North deployment. After hauling telescope parts and equipment to Mount Laguna Observatory in CA, we took a “Top-Gear” style photo.

Evryscope-South maintenance. We used a drone to capture the team, the Evryscope, and the foothills of the Andes at Cerro Tololo in Chile. I’m second from left in the picture.

Remote observing. Following up exciting Evryscope discoveries using the Goodman Spectrograph on the SOAR 4 meter telescope. I’m in the top middle.