For you Simpsons fans out there, I like to think of myself as a hyperbolic topologist. The terminology comes from the following Professor Frink quote: "Well, it should be obvious to even the most dim-witted individual who holds an advanced degree in hyperbolic topology, that Homer Simpson has stumbled into... the third dimension!"
mapping class groups; geometric and topological group theory
curve graphs; combinatorics
hyperbolic geometry; identities on hyperbolic manifolds
Riemann surfaces; Teichmüller theory (both finite- and infinite-dimensional)
convex real projective structures; Hitchin representations
Javier Aramayona and Nicholas G. Vlamis. Big mapping class groups: an overview. In Ken’ichi Ohshika and Athanase Papadopoulos, editors, In the Tradition of Thurston: Geometry and Topology, chapter 12, pages 459–496. Springer, 2020. (book | arXiv)
Matthew Durham, Federica Fanoni, and Nicholas G. Vlamis. Graphs of curves on infinite-type surfaces with mapping class group actions. Ann. Inst. Fourier (Grenoble) 68 (2018), no. 6, 2581-2612. (journal | arXiv)
(You can also see a list of all my publications/preprints on the arXiv here.)
†Denotes an undergraduate author.
Notes on the topology of mapping class groups (pdf) [Updated 2/21/2020]
These notes stem from discussions at the AIM workshop "Surfaces of infinite type". In particular, they give proofs that big mapping class groups are not locally compact, not compactly generated, homeomorphic to the irrational numbers, and give an infinite family of mapping class groups that are generated by coarsely bounded sets (and hence have a well-defined quasi-isometry class).
Update 2/21/2020: Proposition 18 is now Conjecture 18 (and the following corollary was removed). An error was pointed out to me: please see document for a discussion. Also, added the new and very relevant reference to the paper "Large scale geometry of big mapping class groups" by Mann-Rafi. This paper supercsedes the section of the notes on coarse boundedness, but I still think the explicit examples given in the notes are valuable.
My talk "Algebraic and topological properties of big mapping class groups" at the Groups, Geometry, and Dynamics seminar at UIUC was recorded and can be found here (the link will take you to YouTube).