## About Me

I received my Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2013 under the supervision of Feng Luo. From 2013-2016, I was a postdoc at Purdue University working with Ben McReynolds, and I am now a postdoc at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

My research interests lie broadly in the fields of low-dimensional topology, hyperbolic geometry, and geometric group theory. Much of my previous work and future projects are in line with a recent trend in low-dimensional topology directed at obtaining effective (i.e. constructive) proofs of various existence results. Such proofs can offer concrete topological and geometric information about manifolds that existence results alone cannot. Often the questions concern a bridge between algebra and topology/geometry, an example being the connection between effective separability properties of the fundamental groups of hyperbolic manifolds and quantitative aspects of promoting immersed sets in such manifolds to embeddings in finite covers. My projects have expanded into related fields of mathematics, including right-angled Artin groups and cube complexes, Teichmüller theory, the mapping class groups of surfaces, the combinatorics of 3-manifolds, as well as the representation theory of surfaces and 3–manifolds. More recently, I have also become interested in the mapping class groups of infinite type surfaces, referred to as "big mapping class groups".

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My research interests lie broadly in the fields of low-dimensional topology, hyperbolic geometry, and geometric group theory. Much of my previous work and future projects are in line with a recent trend in low-dimensional topology directed at obtaining effective (i.e. constructive) proofs of various existence results. Such proofs can offer concrete topological and geometric information about manifolds that existence results alone cannot. Often the questions concern a bridge between algebra and topology/geometry, an example being the connection between effective separability properties of the fundamental groups of hyperbolic manifolds and quantitative aspects of promoting immersed sets in such manifolds to embeddings in finite covers. My projects have expanded into related fields of mathematics, including right-angled Artin groups and cube complexes, Teichmüller theory, the mapping class groups of surfaces, the combinatorics of 3-manifolds, as well as the representation theory of surfaces and 3–manifolds. More recently, I have also become interested in the mapping class groups of infinite type surfaces, referred to as "big mapping class groups".

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**CV**(last updated 05/06/18).

## Papers and Preprints

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Here is a link to a video of my talk at the Effective and Algorithmic Methods in Hyperbolic Geometry and Free Groups Workshop. (May 2016)

Here is a link to a video of my talk at the GGD/GEAR Seminar at UIUC (October 2014).

*Quantifying Algebraic Properties of Surface Groups and 3-manifold Groups.*1.

*On a Theorem of Peter Scott.***Proc. Amer. Math. Soc.**142**(2014) pp 2891-2906.**2.

*Residual Finiteness Growths of**Virtually Special Groups*.**Math. Z.**279**(2015), no. 1-2, pp 297-310. (with K. Bou-Rabee and M.F. Hagen)**3.

*On the Residual Finiteness Growths of Particular Hyperbolic Manifold Groups.***Geom Dedicata.**185 (2016) Issue 1, pp 87-103.4.

*Quantifying separability in virtually special groups**.***Pacific J. Math**. 284-1 (2016), pp 103-120. (with M.F. Hagen)5.

*Zariski closures and Subgroup Separability*.**Selecta Math.**23 (2017) Issue 3, pp 2019-2027. (with L. Louder and D.B. McReynolds)6.

*Building hyperbolic metrics suited to closed curves and applications to lifting simply**.***Math. Res. Lett.**24 (2017), no. 3, pp 593-617.(with T. Aougab, J. Gaster, and J. Sapir)

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*Algebraic and topological properties of big mapping class groups.**(with N. Vlamis)***Submitted.**8.

*The first integral cohomology of pure mapping class groups.*(with J. Aramayona and N. Vlamis)**Submitted****.**9.

*Residual finiteness growths of closed hyperbolic manifolds in non-compact right-angled reflection orbifolds.*(with J. Deblois, D.B. McReynolds, J. Meyer, and N. Miller)**Preprint.**

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*Electric distance and quasi-isometries between curve complexes**.*(with T. Aougab and S. Taylor) In preparation.11.

*A combinatorial characterization of hyperbolic 3-manifolds: Thurston's Lego*(with D. Cooper) In preparation.Here is a link to a video of my talk at the Effective and Algorithmic Methods in Hyperbolic Geometry and Free Groups Workshop. (May 2016)

Here is a link to a video of my talk at the GGD/GEAR Seminar at UIUC (October 2014).

## Upcoming Talks:

Thin groups in Number Theory, Geometry and Topology, Rice University, May 2018

B is for Basmajian, August 2018

B is for Basmajian, August 2018

## Miscellaneous

Here is a link to my Math Genealogy.