I am originally from Truro, NS and I attended Mount Allison University for a BSc in Mathematics in 2004. I received my PhD in Mathematics (number theory) from Queen’s University in 2009 and my MSc in Mathematics from Queen’s University in 2005.
Prior to joining Laurier, I held a visiting professorship position at the University of Delaware (2009–2011) and then a postdoctoral fellowship at Queen’s University (2011–2013).
My research follows two streams. Over the past few years I have studied the transcendental nature of various infinite sums, infinite products, as well as special values of well-known functions (zeta, gamma, digamma, etc.). Recently I have become very interested in math education and have begun some projects set out to study more effective methods of teaching mathematics. In particular, I am interested in attempting to quantify how new/innovative teaching methods compare to the traditional lecture model.
I have research opportunities available for interested students in the areas of number theory, algebra, and math education. Any student with a background in pure mathematics (algebra, number theory, analysis) is welcome to approach me about potential projects for the Honours seminar course MA489 or potential summer research assistantship. There may also be opportunities available for those with a background in mathematics and an interest in education (or a background in education and an interest in mathematics) to assist with ongoing projects in math education.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas number theory, algebra and graph theory.
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