First Name
Last Name
Office Room
Hennings 300B
Lab Room
Hennings 102
Tel (Office)
(604) 822-6244
Tel (Lab)
(604) 827-5319
Research Groups

Students Wanted
willing to supervise (scholarship only)

Bachelor's Degree
Univ. of Alberta, 1988, Honours Physics

Master's Degree
Queens University, 1990, Physics and Astronomy

Doctoral Degree
Cornell University, 1996, Astronomy/Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Employment History

Staff Scientist, CNRS, Nice France (1999-2002)
Chateaubriand research fellow, Observatoire de Nice (1998-1999)
Research associate, Canadian Inst. for Theoretical Astrophysics (1997-1998)
Henri Poincare fellowship, Obs. de Nice (1996-1997)


Canada Research Chair II, in Planetary Astronomy
Urey Prize, Division of Planetary Sciences


Research Area
Astronomy & Astrophysics

Research Field
Planetary Sciences, Solar system formation and evolution

Research Topics
planet formation, observations of moons, comets, asteroids

Research Title
Formation and evolution of planetary systems


My various research topics are connected by a desire to understand the formation and evolution of our Solar System and planetary systems in general. This involves several types of research:
1. Large-telescope observations of moons, comets, and asteroids.
2. Numerical studies of planetary dynamics in our and extrasolar systems.
3. Studies of meteoritics to give constraints on planet formation.

This requires the use of high-end computer equipment (a Beowulf cluster) and observing time on some of the world's best telescopes. I am interested in working with graduate students on both observing projects and more theoretical projects involving planetary dynamics and modelling of the evolution and formation of the solar system.