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Contact information:

Room 409,
  School of Mathematics & Statistics,
University of Glasgow,
15 University Gardens,
Glasgow G12 8QW, UK.

  tara dot brendle at glasgow dot ac dot uk

Phone: +44 (141) 330-6361
Fax: +44 (141) 330 4111

Tara E. Brendle

I am a Reader in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.  I currently serve as Convenor of the Mathematics Learning & Teaching Committee and on the School Management Committee. 

After receiving my Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York in 2002, I spent three years as a VIGRE Assistant Professor at Cornell University, followed by three years as an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University.  I also spent a semester as a fellow at MSRI (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute) in Berkeley, California, in 2007. 

Professional Service and Memberships:


My work is in geometric group theory, an area that lies in the intersection of algebra and low-dimensional topology.  I am particularly interested in mapping class groups of surfaces, including braid groups, and their relationship to automorphism groups of free groups and arithmetic groups. 

Current PhD Students:

  • Alan McLeay
  • Charalampos Stylianakis

Former PhD Students:

  • Leah Childers, Assistant Professor, Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas; PhD 2010, Louisiana State University
  • Neil Fullarton, G. C. Evans Instructor (Postdoctoral Position), Rice University, Houston, Texas; PhD 2014, University of Glasgow


In 2015-16, I am teaching 4H Algebraic and Geometric Topology.

Other courses I have taught at Glasgow include Maths 1R (Algebra), Maths 2D, 3H Algebra, 4H Discrete Mathematics, 4H Galois Theory, and 5M Advanced Group Theory.