The Combinatorics Group

  1. Faculty and Post-Docs
  2. Current Graduate Students
  3. Current and Recent Undergraduate Students
  4. Former Faculty and Post-Docs
  5. Recent Graduate Students
  6. Graduate Studies
  7. Graduate Courses
  8. Online Seminars
  9. Links

Faculty and Post-Docs

Faculty who are actively engaged in research in areas of combinatorics at Memorial University, along with a brief description of their interests, are listed below:

  • Daniela Silvesan
    Skolem sequences and combinatorial design theory
  • Nabil Shalaby
    Skolem sequences, covering and packing designs, graph labellings
  • David A. Pike
    Graph theory and design theory, graph decompositions and cycle properties, computational graph theory
  • Eduardo Martinez-Pedroza
    Infinite graphs, games on graphs, graphs and abstract algebra, group actions on graphs, combinatorial topology.
  • Danny Dyer
    Pursuit-evasion problems, discrete time processes, watchman's walks, graph decompositions


  • Andrea Burgess (adjunct professor)
    Combinatorial design theory and graph theory
  • Nancy Clarke (adjunct professor)
    Graph theory
  • Stephen Finbow (adjunct professor)
    Graph theory
  • Jared Howell  (cross-appointment, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland)
    Graph theory, combinatorial designs and enumeration
  • Rebecca Milley (cross-appointment, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland)
    Graph theory and combinatorial game theory

Several faculty members form part of the Graph Searching in Atlantic Canada collaborative research group, funded by AARMS.


Current Graduate Students

Name Program Supervisor(s)
Rylo Ashmore Ph.D. Dyer / Milley
Roxanne Ghorbanivashki M.Sc. Dyer / Milley
Caleb Jones M.Sc. Burgess / Pike
Robert Luther  Ph.D. Burgess / Pike
Austin MacDonald M.Sc. Finbow / Pike
John Marcoux M.Sc. Burgess / Pike
Oleg Ogandzhanyants Ph.D. Kondratieva / Shalaby
Juan Felipe Rodriguez-Quinche M.Sc. Martinez-Pedroza

Current and Recent Undergraduate Students

NameNature of SupervisionSupervisor(s)Period
Shane Andrews NSERC USRA Dyer / Howell Summer 2016
Anton Afanassiev NSERC USRA Dyer Summer 2017
Anders Cornect NSERC USRA Dyer / Howell Summer 2022
Caleb Jones NSERC USRA Pike Summer 2019
Caleb Jones NSERC USRA Pike Summer 2021
Caleb Jones Honours Pike Winter 2021
Krishna Narayanan Mitacs Globalink Intern Burgess / Dyer Summer 2022
Dhruvin Shah   Dyer Summer 2022
Benjamin Stanley NSERC USRA Pike Summer 2022


Former Faculty and Post-docs


Recent Graduate Students

Name Program Supervisor(s) Completed
Ahmad Alkasasbeh M.Sc. Shalaby 2016
Ahmad Alkasasbeh Ph.D. Dyer 2021
Iren Darijani Ph.D. Pike 2020
Mozhgan Farahani M.Sc. Burgess / Dyer 2022
Robert Luther M.Sc. Pike 2016
Arthur McCool M.Sc. Dyer / Merkli / Pike 2022
Brittany Pittman M.Sc. Dyer / Howell 2020

Graduate Studies

At the graduate level, studies in combinatorics may be undertaken which lead to both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. Details of our department's graduate programs can be reviewed here.

The School of Graduate Studies has a very helpful website about Memorial University, St. John's, and all that we have to offer.

We are always seeking interested and qualified candidates for our graduate programs, in which you can apply online.


Graduate Courses

Course NumberCourse titleNotes
Math 6340* Graph Theory Offered in Fall 2021 as an AARMS Advanced Course
Math 6341* Combinatorial Design Theory  
Math 6342* Advanced Enumeration  
Math 6345 Combinatorics and the Probabilistic Method  
Math 6346* Pursuit-Evasion Problems Offered in Winter 2022 as an AARMS Advanced Course
Math 6347 Cyclic Combinatorial Designs  
Math 6348 Graph Colouring  

* Indicates courses offered in the last two years.

Online Seminars

Members of our group regular "attend" different online seminars, some of which are included below. Other online talks can be found here.