My main appointment is at the University of Toronto at Scarborough where I am a member of the Department for Physical and Environmental Sciences. My graduate appointments are at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Department of Physics. I'm also the director of the Centre for Planetary Sciences
I'm very interested in numerical methods, in particular N-body codes and integration methods for planetary systems. Other research interests include planet formation, stochastic processes, planet migration, celestial mechanics, Saturn's rings, hydrodynamics, code development and high performance computing.
Make sure to check out my REBOUND code. It is an open source N-body code which gives you access to the world's fastest and most accurate numerical integrators. You can do almost anything with it from long-term symplectic orbit integrations to collisional shearing-sheet simulations of Saturn's rings. The installation takes literally 30 seconds and it comes with an easy to use python interface. It's really cool and I'm very proud of it.
You also don't want to miss the Exoplanet App. It is a free smartphone application for the iPhone/iPad that I wrote. It let's you explore almost the entire universe, including the cosmic microwave background, galaxy clusters, our Milky Way, the Solar System and all discovered extra-solar planets. Several million people have downloaded it already!
If you like cycling, have you considered cycling to UTSC? It's really fun!
Caden Armstrong, Bryce Bolin, Jade Checlair, Alice Chen, Chin Chen, Sunny Chen, Eric Dapp, Taylor Esch, Patrick Fraser, Hemani Kalucha, Shang-Fei Liu, Srivathsan Morkonda, Ekin Ozturk, Aleksandar Rachkov, Jasmeer Sangha, Vismay Shah, Pengshuai Shi, Natasha Urbancic, Trevor Vincent, Quentin Xue, Eric Yeung.
Past and present collaborators in alphabetical order:
Eugene Chiang, Eric Ford, Yuka Fujii, Willy Kley, Eiichiro Kokubo, Marc Kuchner, Henrik Latter, Zoe Leinhardt, Geoffroy Lesur, Shang-Fei Liu, Wladimir Lyra, Leonidas Moustakas, Gordon Ogilvie, Margaret Pan, John Papaloizou, David Spiegel, Dan Tamayo, Scott Tremaine, Dimitri Veras.
I'm also in charge of the UTSC Observatory. Whether you would like to get involved in operating the telescope or only join us for one of the observing sessions, simply send me an e-mail or sign up for the observatory mailing list. All UTSC students, faculty and staff are welcome. We need very clear skies to see most objects other than the moon and the brightest planets. Therefore most observing sessions happen on short notice and will be announced via a mail.