My research has focused mostly on moduli spaces, birational geometry, geometric invariant theory (GIT), and tropical geometry. I am eager to explore possible applications of this work (e.g., in algebraic statistics and phylogenetics) and am open to collaborations across disciplinary borders.
I enjoy teaching
as wide a range of courses as possible (it's the best way
to learn new things!) and am particularly enthusiastic
about sharing mathematics with a general audience by
presenting it from a liberal
arts perspective. Students (undergraduate or
graduate), please contact me
if you are curious about participating in an independent
study project; I can suggest possible topics to choose
from, depending on your interests, or if you have ones in
mind already just let me know.
In addition to research and pedagogy, I am interested in
the public policy aspects of my
profession, e.g., issues of STEM funding and education.
My undergraduate studies were at University of
Washington, working mostly with Jim
Doran, Henry Cohn,
Seidler. Before that, I was home schooled by
my hippie parents. If my last name seems familiar in
math, there's a good chance you know my brother.
I am currently on the job market.