Planetary systems: origins and evolution

Understanding the origins and evolution of disks around stars is important for the study of both both planet formation and star formation. These disks come in many forms, both as the birthplace of planets and as debris disks. The field of planetary systems also includes the study of planets, both those around other stars and in our own solar system.

Protoplanetary and debris disks

Protoplanetary and debris disks (models and observations): simulations of observational signatures of planet formation in circumstellar disks, and comparisons with real observations from ALMA, VLT/SPHERE, Gemini/GPI, Subaru/HiCIAO, and the VLA.

Contact: Ruobing Dong,  JJ Kavelaars,  Matthews Brenda


  • Jiaqing Bi
  • Shunyuan Mao
  • Jessica Speedie 
  • Kate Crotts
  • Aram Lee
  • Ophélie Leste
  • Lowell Peltier
  • Jane Peng


NEW EARTH lab: The NRC NEW EARTH laboratory is developing new technologies to directly image and characterize another Earth, including ground-based telescopes and space observatories.

ContactChristian Marois


  • William Thompson
  • Adam Johnson

Planets In Formation

Planets In Formation using Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

Contact: Doug Johnstone


  • Logan Francis 
  • Dori Blakely