School of Mathematics and Statistics

Dr Dillon Mayhew

Senior Lecturer
School of Mathematics and Statistics

Phone: 04 463 5155
Location: Room 435, Cotton Building, Gate 7 Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus

Dr Dillon Mayhew

Teaching in 2015

MATH 132 - Introduction to Mathematical Thinking
Course Coordinator

MATH 432 - Matroid Theory
Course Coordinator

Qualifications: BMus (VUW), BA (Cantab.), BAHons (VUW), MA (VUW), DPhil (Oxon.)

Current Fellows: Rutherford Discovery Fellowship

About me: I studied music and mathematics alongside each other when I was a student. Mathematics won out eventually, but I still play music with orchestras around New Zealand.

Research Interest: My research is concentrated in matroid theory, which is type of abstract geometry. Over the years, I have enjoyed learning more about other fields of mathematics, including computability theory (the study of what computers are capable of doing), complexity theory (the study of what computers are capable of doing efficiently), model theory (the study of what formal languages are capable of expressing), and algebraic number theory.

Research Groups:  The VUW matroid theory research group.

Research Grants: Marsden Fast-Start Grant (2009), Rutherford Discovery Fellowship (2014)

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Supervision interest: Matroid theory, combinatorics

I am happy to be approached by potential students.


Current Master and PhD Students:

Will Critchlow, PhD – Models of random matroids

Kadin Prideaux, MSc – Families of cyclic flats of matroids


Past Master and PhD Students:

Michael Welsh, MSc, 2011 – Golden-mean and secret sharing matroids

Amanda Cameron, MSc, 2013 – Kinser inequalities and related matroids

Michael Snook, PhD, 2013 – Matroids, complexity, and computation

Michael Welsh, PhD, 2014 – On maximum-sized golden-mean matroids


List of selected Publications:

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