Dr. Samantha Lawler by RoyalBCMuseum published on 2018-06-19T23:25:28Z Dr. Samantha Lawler, Plaskett Fellow at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, explains her work on computer simulations of exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) and the Kuiper belt (a ring of icy objects, including the dwarf planet Pluto, around our solar system). She describes how she uses computers to code and run simulations and to participate in video conferences with international astronomy teams. Contrast her work with the daily work of an astronomer 100 years ago, described in the interview with Dr. Dennis Crabtree. We also asked Dr. Lawler’s advice for a student interested in studying astronomy. Her reply: Any part of astronomy will require using computers. So, get very familiar with a computer—any kind of software. Make sure that you are comfortable with maybe even different operating systems, if you have access to that. And if you can learn a little bit of how to write computer code, it's never too early to start learning that!