I work with Jacob Bean on observational exoplanet and stellar astronomy. In broad terms, my main research interest is the connection between stars and the planets they form. With thousands of exoplanets discovered already, we can now start to look for overarching trends that could point to how these planets are formed. By looking at the star around which a planet formed, we can learn a great deal about the composition and characteristics of the environment where the planet was born. Looking for links between stellar characteristics and the presence of different classes of planets is therefore a promising way to understand how planets come to exist.