Brett Kolesnikbk
University of California, San Diego
Department of Mathematics
bkolesnik@ucsd.edu

I am currently a Warschawski Visiting Assistant Professor (2021–22) at UCSD (Mathematics), hosted by Ioana Dumitriu. Previously, I was a Neyman Visiting Assistant Professor (2019–2021) and NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (2017–2019) at UC Berkeley (Statistics), hosted by David Aldous. I received my PhD in Mathematics (2017) from the University of British Columbia, advised by Omer Angel.

Starting later this year, I will be a Florence Nightingale Bicentennial
Fellow (2022–2023) at the University of Oxford (Statistics). Afterwards, I will join the University of Warwick (Statistics) as an Assistant Professor (2024–).

I work in the fields of Probability Theory and Discrete Mathematics, and am primarily interested in random graphs, geometry and algorithms.


Papers

The geometry of random tournaments, with Mario Sanchez
Weakly saturated random graphs, with Zsolt Bartha, Random Structures & Algorithms
Transitive closure in a polluted environment, with Janko Gravner, Annals of Applied Probability
Large deviations of the greedy independent set algorithm on sparse random graphs, Random Structures & Algorithms
The sharp K4-percolation threshold on the Erdős–Rényi random graph, Electronic Journal of Probability
Large deviations for subcritical bootstrap percolation on the
Erdős–Rényi graph, with Omer Angel, Journal of Statistical Physics
Randomized sequential importance sampling for estimating the number of perfect matchings in bipartite graphs, with Persi Diaconis, Advances in Applied Mathematics
To stay discovered: On tournament mean score sequences and the Bradley–Terry model, with David Aldous, Stochastic Processes and their Applications
Sharp thresholds for contagious sets in random graphs, with Omer Angel, Annals of Applied Probability
Stability of geodesics in the Brownian map, with Omer Angel and Grégory Miermont, Annals of Probability
Lower bounds for the isoperimetric numbers of random regular graphs, with Nick Wormald, SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics
 
Coauthors

David Aldous
Omer Angel
Zsolt Bartha
Persi Diaconis
Janko Gravner

Grégory Miermont
Mario Sanchez
Nick Wormald
 
Teaching
At UC San Diego
Math 109: Mathematical Reasoning, 82 students, Spring 2022
Math 180A: Introduction to Probability, 268 students, Spring 2022
Math 109: Mathematical Reasoning, 62 students, Winter 2022
Math 11: Calculus-Based Introductory Probability and Statistics, 248 students, Fall 2021
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UC Berkeley

Stat 150: Stochastic Processes, 98 students, Spring 2021
Stat 150:
Stochastic Processes, 82 students, Fall 2020
Stat 134: Concepts of Probability, 296 students, Spring 2020
Stat 150: Stochastic Processes,106 students, Fall 2018
Stat 150: Stochastic Processes, 96 students, Spring 2018
At University of British Columbia
Math 220: Mathematical Proof, 64 students, Spring 2017
Math 318: Probability with Physical Applications, 59 students, Spring 2016
Math 110: Differential Calculus, 111 students, Fall 2014
Math 101: Integral Calculus, 77 students, Spring 2014

Department of Mathematics
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
9500 Gilman Drive # 0112
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112
United States of America (USA)