JJ Kavelaars


JJ Kavelaars

Astronomer, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

JJ Kavelaars

For the last 20 years I have been conducting wide-field optical surveys of the outer solar system to discovery the left-over planetesimal that reside in the Kuiper belt.   Previously I was the co-PI of the Outer Solar System Origins Survey which discovered over 800 new TNOs with the results of that survey being combined with previous projects by the same team to form a sample of over 1000 TNOs whose discovery characteristics are well known.  As co-I of the New Horizons mission I conducted the orbit modelling that lead to pointing choices for the HST search for a New Horizons Kuiper belt encounter target, enabling the discovery of Arrokoth, which we observed in January 2019.  

Since 2015 I have been the lead of the Canadian Astronomy Data Center/Canadian Advanced Network for Astronomy Research.  CADC/CANFAR will provide key storage and compute capacity to the LSST project as a IDAC.  As part of the research community I have participate in development of LSST Solar System Science Collaboration and will be contributing to the development of software tools and services needed by the LSSSC.   

One of the most important contributions I have made in my career has been supervision of a half-dozen graduate students and a dozen undergraduates.  My goal working with students is to help them achieve their goals while learning from them new ways of seeing and doing.  I look forward to working with the LSSSC group to achieve the mission of the LSST in the Outer Solar System.

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