Algebraic and Arithmetic Geometry Research Group

Our Research

Both algebraic and arithmetic geometry are concerned with the study of solution sets of systems of polynomial equations. Algebraic geometry deals primarily with solutions lying in an algebraically closed field, while arithmetic geometry deals with the more subtle study of solutions lying in a number field or its rings of integers. Both these topics are central to mathematics— and connect to subjects ranging from Number Theory and cryptography to mirror symmetry. Our individual research interests at SFU cover a broad spectrum, including toric geometry, linear subspaces of varieties, modular curves, and rational points on hyperelliptic curves.

The algebraic and arithmetic geometry group runs a regularly meeting research seminar. For more information, see link here...



Nils Bruin

Hyperelliptic curves, rational points, Chabauty methods, covering techniques, descent, local-to-global obstructions

Imin Chen

Algebraic number theory, arithmetic geometry, representation theory, modular varieties, automorphic forms, diophantine problems, Galois representations, elliptic curves, Q-curves, function fields

Katrina Honigs

Varieties over fields of positive characteristic, Q-rational points of varieties, derived category of coherent sheaves on a variety

Nathan Ilten 

Toric geometry, Fano varieties, mirror symmetry, deformation theory, linear subspaces of varieties, algebraic complexity theory

Jake Levinson

Representation theory, Schubert calculus, moduli of curves, syzygies

Marni Mishna

Geometric and analytic methods for combinatorial enumeration

Postdoctoral Fellows & Visitors

PhD Graduate Students

  • Emiel Haakma
  • Haggai Liu
  • Ahmad Mokhtar
  • Sharon Robins
  • Carl F Waller

MSc Graduate Students

  • Zhe Xu


If you are a current SFU Mathematics Postdoctoral Fellow or Graduate Student in the Algebraic & Arithmetic Geometry Research Group,
and would like your name added to one of the above lists, please send an email to Casey Bell.