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
planet formation, observations of moons, comets, asteroids
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.