As an Institute Scientist I perform numerical simulations on the formation and the evolution of the solar system. I also do a lot of work with Kuiper Belt objects. How I got interested in these objects in the first place was because I was trying to understand where a particular kind of comet called the Jupiter Family Comet came from because these comets have strange orbits. Since these comets are active and their orbits are bizarre we can get a lot of information on their chemical make-up and how they formed. And by learning about their chemistry we learn about the protoplanetary disk. We want to understand where we came from, where the water on Earth came from, the volatiles, the organics, and to do that we need to look out in the solar system to figure this out.