I am a mathematician generally interested in topology, geometry, and dynamics. More precisely, I am interested in problems that arise in studying translation surfaces and their moduli spaces. These are surfaces equipped with a special type of geometry that can be encoded as a piece of complex analytic (or algebrogeometric) information attached to the surface. This fascinating area has its genesis in a very simplesounding dynamical problem related to billiard balls bouncing around a billiard table, and combines tools from lowdimensional topology, complex analysis, algebraic geometry, and ergodic theory, and so my interests overlap with many other areas of mathematics. For a little more information about this area and my research projects, see the research section below.
Before developing an interest in mathematics in graduate school, I was interested in computer programming and completed a B.S. in computer science from Western Carolina University. That knowledge has been beneficial as a mathematician, as it has allowed me to quickly write programs to perform simulations, gather data for research problems, and generate images for papers and animations for presentations.
I am an Assistant Professor at my alma mater, Western Carolina University. Before coming back to WCU I held visiting positions Bucknell University, Indiana University, and Wake Forest University. I received my Ph.D. from Clemson University under the direction of Martin Schmoll.
Teaching
My teaching philosophy boils down to the following principles: all students are capable of success, and all students should be held to a high standard, though some students require more guidance and encouragement than others. Besides relaying mathematical information, I strive to help my students become independent learners, critical thinkers, and problem solvers; these are skills that students can transfer to other areas of their life outside of the classroom.
More detailed information, including specifics of what I do in the classroom, can be found in my statement of teaching philosophy.
Spring 2024
 Math 255: Calculus II
 Math 424: Complex Analysis
Previous Courses
 Introduction to Logic & Proof (Western Carolina University)
 Real Analysis (Western Carolina University)
 Geometry (Bucknell University)
 Introduction to Numerical Analysis (Indiana University)
 Ordinary Differential Equations (Western Carolina University, Indiana University)
 Introduction to Probability & Statistics (Indiana University)
 A Brief Survey of Calculus, pt. 2 (Indiana University)
 Linear Algebra (Indiana University, Wake Forest University)
 Intro. to Number Theory (Clemson University)
 Calculus I (Bucknell University, Indiana University, Wake Forest University, Clemson University)
 Calculus II (Western Carolina University, Bucknell University, Clemson University)
 Calculus III (Western Carolina University, Clemson University)
 Mathematics for Liberal Arts Majors (Clemson University, Western Carolina University)
Research
My research broadly breaks down into two categories: geometry and dynamics. Most recently I've been interested in the isoperiodic foliation of the Hodge bundle, and the ergodic theory of affine interval exchanges. I have also collaborated with Robert Niemeyer on projects related to billiards in fractals. A more thorough overview of my research interests is available in my research statement.
Because of the nature of the topics I am interested in, my research uses tools from a variety of different mathematical disciplines, which is one of the things I really like about this area. Algebraic topology, complex algebraic geometry, complex analysis, differential geometry, dynamical systems, ergodic theory, and hyperbolic geometry are all relevant to my interests.
Some of my interests also have a more combinatorial flavor and would be suitable for collaborations with undergraduate students. In particular, projects related to counting the number of squaretiled surfaces with some special properties can be tackled without requiring a lot of advanced machinery, and I am very open to working on such projects with any interested students.
Preprints & Publications
 (Almost) Everything is Differentiable

To appear in Mathematics Magazine
Preprint available  Haupt's theorem for strata of abelian differentials

(with M. Bainbridge, C. Judge, and I. Park)
Israel Journal of Mathematics, 252 (2022), 429  459.
Preprint available on the arXiv.  The wild, elusive singularities of the Tfractal

(with R. Niemeyer)
Submitted for publication
Preprint available on the arXiv. (Revised April 2020.)  Cutting sequences on squaretiled surfaces

Geometriae Dedicata, 190 (2017), 53  80.
Full text available for online reading; preprint available on the arXiv  Hyperelliptic translation surfaces and folded tori

(with M. Schmoll)
Topology and its Applications, 161 (2014), 73  94.
Preprint  PseudoAnosov eigenfoliations on Panov planes

(with M. Schmoll)
Electronic Research Announcements in Mathematical Sciences, 21 (2014), 89  108.
Travel and Presentations
 May 31  June 4, 2023

The 13th AIMS Conference on Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations, and Applications
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, NC  January 6  8, 2023

AMS Joint Mathematics Meeting
Boston, MA  January 1  5, 2023

Salt Flats MRCstyle meeting on Flat Surfaces and Teichmüller Dynamics
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT  October 15  16, 2022

AMS Fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN  April 22  24, 2022

Carolina Dynamics Symposium
Furman University
Greenville, SC  March 16, 2021

Teichmüller theory seminar talk (Zoom)
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN  November 05, 2020

Colloquium (Zoom)
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC June 5  9, 2020Rescheduled due to Coronavirus
AIMS Conference Series on Dynamical Systems and Differential Equations
Atlanta, GA
 February 26  27, 2020

Colloquium
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC  January 1518, 2020

AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings
Denver, CO  November 21, 2019

Colloquium
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA  November 15, 2019

Analysis seminar talk
Clemson University
Clemson, SC  March 20  24, 2019

AMS Spring Central and Western Joint Sectional Meeting
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Honolulu, Hawaii  January 16  20, 2019

AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings
Baltimore, MD  November 9, 2018

Seminar talk in Teichmüller theory seminar
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN  October 21  27, 2018

Workshop on Dynamics and Moduli Spaces of Translation Surfaces
Fields Institute
Toronto, Ontario, Canada  April 22, 2017

Carolina Dynamics Symposium
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC  February 13  17, 2017

Teichmüller space, polygonal billiards, and interval exchange transformations
Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques
Marseille, France  November 29, 2016

Seminar Talk in the Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems Seminar
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC  November 4  6, 2016

Midwest Dynamical Systems Seminar 2016
IUPUI
Indianapolis, IN  November 1, 2016

Analysis seminar talk
Clemson University
Clemson, SC  October 12  15, 2016

Colloquium Presentation & research meeting with Rob Niemeyer
University of Maine
Orono, ME  August 1  5, 2016

Cycles on Moduli Spaces, Geometric Invariant Theory, and Dynamics
ICERM
Providence, RI  May 8  13, 2016

Flat Surfaces and Dynamics in Moduli Space
Casa Matemática Oaxaca
Oaxaca, Mexico  April 1  3, 2016

Carolina Dynamics Symposium
Furman University
Greenville, SC  March 5  6, 2016

AMS SouthEastern Sectional
University of Georgia
Athens, GA  October 30  November 1, 2015

Midwest Dynamical Systems Seminar
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH  September 28  October 2, 2015

Clay Research Conference and Workshops
Oxford University
Oxford, UK  June 27  July 5, 2015

Research collaboration with Robert Niemeyer
University of New Mexico
Albequerque, NM