Research

From left to right: a pretzel knot with 2 positive twists in the first tangle and 5 negative twists in the second and third tangle, a Conway sphere decomposition, and the corresponding curve systems on the 4punctured spheres from the decomposition. 
I am a lowdimensional topologist interested in knot theory. In particular, I would like to understand the connection between different knot invariants, such as the Jonestypes invariants motivated by representation theory and physics, and the hyperbolic geometry of knot complement. One way to do this is to relate them through the diagram of a knot. Much of my research has concerned the relationship of the colored Jones polynomial, a quantum invariant which contains the Jones polynomial, to the diagram and the geometry of the knot complement. Recently, I have also become interested in knot and 3manifold invariants coming from Heegaard Floer Homology, contact geometry, and normal surface theory.
The material below is based on research partially supported by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Papers
The versions on the arXiv may differ from the published versions.
 A note on the transverse invariant from Khovanov homology, with Diana Hubbard. arXiv
 The Slope Conjecture for Montesinos knots, with Stavros Garoufalidis and Roland van der Veen. arXiv
 Colored Jones polynomials with no tail, with Roland van der Veen. arXiv
 Jones slopes and coarse volume for nearalternating links, submitted. arXiv
 Normal and Jones surfaces of knots, with Efstratia Kalfagianni, Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications, 27, Issue 6, 2018. arXiv, published
 A trivial tail homology for non Aadequate links, Algebraic and Geometric Topology, 18, no. 3, p. 14811513, 2018. arXiv, published
 Slopes for pretzel knots, with Roland van der Veen, New York Journal of Mathematics, 22, p. 13391364, 2016. arXiv, published
 Stability properties of the colored Jones polynomial, submitted. arXiv
 Crosscap numbers and the Jones polynomial, with Efstratia Kalfagianni, Advances in Mathematics, 286, 308337, 2016. arXiv, published
 On the degree of the colored Jones polynomial, with Efstratia Kalfagianni, Acta Mathematica Vietnamica. (Proceedings of Quantum Topology and Hyperbolic Geometry in Nha Trang, May 2013), 39(4), 2014. arXiv, published
Preprints and Notes
 On 3braids and Lspace knots, with Faramarz Vafaee. pdf
Talks
 A knot with no tail, April 20th, 2018, Topology and Geometry Semiar, Claremont Mckenna College, Claremont, CA.
 A knot with no tail, April 20th, 2018, Geometry Semiar, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX.
 Understanding Quantum link invariants via surfaces in 3manifolds, March 12th, 2018, Modular forms and Quantum Knot Invariants, Workshop at the Banff International Research Station, Alberta, Canada.
 Understanding Quantum link invariants via surfaces in 3manifolds, February 23rd, 2018, PATCH Seminar, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
 Understanding Quantum link invariants via surfaces in 3manifolds, January 24th, 2018, Colloquium, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
 Stability properties of the colored Jones polynomial, Nov 9th, 2017, Algebra and Number Theory Seminar, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
 The colored Jones polynomial and surfaces in 3manifolds, Sep 28th, 2017, Séminaire Topologies, Institut Montpelliérain Alexander Grothendieck, Montpellier, France.
 The colored Jones polynomial and surfaces in 3manifolds, Aug 21st, 2017, Oberwolfach Workshop in Lowdimensional Topology and Number Theory, Oberwolfach, Germany.
 Jones slopes and coarse volume for nearalternating links, May 6th, 2017, Special session on Invariants in Lowdimensional Topology, Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting, New York, NY.
 Jones slopes and Murasugi sums of links, March 22nd, 2017, Virtual Seminar, Lousiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
 Jones slopes and Murasugi sums of links, February 20th, 2017, Geometry and Topology Seminar, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, CA.
 Jones slopes and Murasugi sums of links, February 9th, 2017, Topology Seminar, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
 Slopes for nearadequate knots, January 6th, 2017, Special session on Women in Topology, Joint Mathematics Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
 A trivial tail homology for non Aadequate links, December 4th, 2016, Session on Geometric Group Theory and Topology in Low Dimensions, CMS Winter Meeting, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada.
 Stability in the categorification of the colored Jones polynomial, October 9th, 2016, Special session on Floer theoretic invariants of 3manifolds and knots, University of Denver, Denver, CO.
 Quantum knot invariants and 3manifolds, August 9th, 2016, Workshop on knot theory and related topics, RIMS, Kyoto, Japan.
 The colored Jones polynomial and boundary slopes of pretzel knots, July 19th, 2016, Knots in Hellas, Ancient Olympia, Greece.
 Slope Conjectures for Pretzel Knots, Topology Seminar, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.
 The colored Jones polynomial and Slopes for Pretzel Knots, Topology Seminar, Rice University, Houston, TX.
 Link Homology from BarNatan Skein Modules, January 6th, 2016, Joint
Mathematics Meetings Special Session: Topological Representation Theory, II. Seattle, WA.
 The Slope Conjecture and 3string pretzel knots, October 3rd, 2015, AMS
Central Fall Sectional Meeting Special Session: Geometric Perspectives
in Knot Theory, II. Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL.
 The colored Jones polynomial of non semiadequate links. July 21st, 2015, First Encounter to Quantum Topology: School and Workshop, KIAS, Seoul, Korea.

The Slope Conjecture and 3string pretzel knots. April 3rd, 2015, Spring 2015 Redbud conference, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
 Crosscap number of an alternating link and the Jones polynomial, March 15th, 2015, AMS Special Session on Geometry and Invariants of 3Manifolds, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
 The Jones polynomial, 3braids, and Lspace knots, January 8th, 2015, Knot Theory and its Applications to Physics and Quantum Computing, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX.
 A stability result on the colored Jones polynomial, October 21st, 2014, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Crosscap Number and the Jones polynomial, The Thin Manifold: A conference and graduate student workshop on knots and 3manifolds. August 7th, 2014, University of Iowa, IA.

Stability Properties of the Colored Jones polynomial, Twelfth Annual Graduate Student Topology & Geometry Conference, April 5th, 2014, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.