I am interested in the fundamental questions of how our Solar System and others formed and evolved as well as exploring the process of planet formation. I am also studying the outer solar system, specifically the Kuiper Belt and beyond, looking at ways we might use Subaru’s Hyper-Suprime Cam to study the small body populations of the outer Solar System. In particular, I am involved in the Comet Hunters project to search for Main-Belt Comets, asteroids exhibiting cometary behavior. I am also involved in the Colours of the Outer Solar System Origins Survey (Col-OSSOS) a Gemini Observatory large program to study the surfaces of a well characterized sample of Kuiper belt objects. I am a founding science team member for Planet Four, a citizen science project mapping seasonal fans on the South Pole of Mars to further study the Martian climate and weather.
In the past, I have searched for the largest bodies in the Kuiper belt in the southern skies and searched for distant icy bodies like Sedna in the Solar System and what they could tell us about the birth environment of our Solar System. I have also looked for planets orbiting around other stars with a citizen science project to find and characterize extrasolar planets (or exoplanets) called Planet Hunters. Planet Hunters enlists the general public to search the public data from NASA’s Kepler space mission for transiting exoplanets.
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Gemini Observatory, Northern Operations Center
670 N. A’ohoku Place
Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, USA
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