Morgan Opie

E-mail   mopie AT math DOT ucla DOT edu
Office   MS6903

I am a Hendrick Assistant Adjunct Professor at UCLA. My postdoctoral mentor is Mike Hill and I am part of the topology group.

My interests are in homotopy theory and algebraic geometry. In my thesis, I focused on the construction and classification of complex topological vector bundles of rank three on complex projective five-space. I am currently preparing this work for publication, and thinking about generalizations of its contents. Please email me if you would like a copy of my thesis or a research statement.

My other projects have involved: studying analogues classical invariants (degree, Euler characteristic) in motivic homotopy theory and developing a theory of localization in homotopy type theory (analogous to that for spaces). Additionally, I spent some time during grad school thinking about characterizations of weak equivalences in the Joyal model structure on simplicial sets (no resulting publication). As an undergraduate, I studied extremal effective divisors on the moduli space of stable rational curves with marked points.

Before UCLA, I completed my PhD at Harvard, where I worked with Mike Hopkins. I did my undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I wrote an honors thesis in algebraic geometry with Jenia Tevelev. Prior to that, I earned an Associate's degree at Cape Cod Community College.

I am an organizer for the MIT Talbot Workshop, along with Calista Bernard, Yajit Jain, and Lucy Yang. If you have questions or suggestions related to Talbot, contact me or e-mail talbotworkshop AT gmail DOT com.

My CV is available upon request.

Research
  • Compactly Supported $\mathbb{A}^1$-Euler characteristic and the Hochschild complex. My project at Women in Topology III , with Niny Arcila Maya, Candace Bethea, Kirsten Wickelgren, and Inna Zhakarevich. Submitted.
  • The trace of the $\mathbb{A}^1$-local degree. Results from my 2019 Arizona Winter School project group with Thomas Brazelton, Robert Burklund, Stephen McKean, and Michael Montoro. Project supervised by Kirsten Wickelgren. To appear in Homotopy, Homology, and Applications.
  • Localization in Homotopy Type Theory, with J. Daniel Christensen, Egbert Rijke, and Luis Scoccola. Published in Higher Structures.
  • Effective divisors on moduli spaces of rational curves with marked points. Michigan Math. J. 65 (2016), no. 2, 251--285. My undergrad thesis; I also created a related database of spherical hypertree divisors generated using Macaulay2.

  • (The latest arXiv version is the most up-to-date.)

    Teaching
  • In Fall 2021, I am teaching two sections of math 115A (linear algebra/ intro to proofs) at UCLA.
  • For the 2020-2021 academic year, I was Bok Center Pegagogy Fellow in mathematics.
  • In summer 2019 I taught a tutorial on Knot Invariants and Categorification, with co-instructor Joshua Wang.
  • In summer 2018 I taught a tutorial on Category Theory.
  • In spring 2018 I taught Math 21b (Linear Algebra and Differential Equations) at Harvard.
  • In fall 2017, I was a graduate course assistant for math 23a (Linear algebra and real analysis I) at Harvard.

  • ''Travel'' (planned and past)
  • October 24-30, 2021: MIT Talbot Workshop on Ambidexterity in Chromatic Homotopy Theory (organizer).
  • August 9, 2021: Transchromatic Homotopy Online Conference (invited speaker).
  • June 1-6, 2021: Viva Talbot: A Virtual Talbot Workshop Retrospective (organizer).
  • [MOVED ONLINE DUE TO COVID-19] March 23-27, 2020: MSRI Workshop on (\infty,n)-categories, factorization homology, and algebraic K-theory.
  • [CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19] March 12-13, 2020: AMS special session on Motivic Aspects of Topology and Geometry (invited speaker).
  • February 6-14, 2020: Connections for Women and Introductory Workshop, MSRI program on Higher categories and categorification .
  • January 5-10, 2020: San Diego for Homotopy Type Theory Formalization Bootcamp.
  • August 26-30, 2019: Women in Topology III, Bonn, Germany. Project group led by Inna Zhakarevich and Kirsten Wickelgren.
  • July 7-13, 2019: European Talbot: Algebraic K-Theory, Rheinboellen, Germany. Talk on Contintuity for K-theory and TC, based on Clausen--Mathew--Morrow.
  • May 27-31, 2019: Graduate Summer School on Hitchins Systems, Stony Brook.
  • April 7-13, 2019: Talbot 2019: Moduli spaces of manifolds (organizer).
  • March 20-22, 2019: Women in homotopy theory and algebraic geometry II, Freie Universit Berlin. (Speaker, see above for slides.)
  • March 2-6, 2019: Arizona Winter School on Topology and Arithmetic. Participated in Kirsten Wickelgren’s project group.
  • January/February 2019: Connections for Women and Introductory Workshop, MSRI semester programs on Derived Categories and on Birational Geometry of Moduli Spaces.
  • May 27-June 2, 2018: Talbot 2018: Model-independent theory of $\infty$-categories (organizer).
  • May 16-20, 2018: Chromatic Homotopy Theory: Journey to the Frontier (participant).
  • January 2018: Joint Mathematics Meetings, special session on Homotopy Type Theory (invited participant).
  • November 2017: Women in Topology workshop, Berkeley, CA (participant).
  • Summer 2017: Mathematical Research Community (MRC) in Homotopy Type Theory. Snowbird, Utah (invited participant).
  • Spring 2016: Algebraic Geometry New England Series (AGNES), Brown RI (participant).
  • Summer 2015: AMS Summer Institue in Algebraic Geometry. Conference and graduate bootcamp (participant).
  • Spring 2015: University of Warwick Algebraic Geometry Seminar (invited speaker).
  • February 2014: Midwest Algebraic Geometry Graduate Conference, UIUC (invited speaker).
  • January 2014: Joint Mathematics Meetings (poster presenter, undergraduate poster session).
  • October 2013: Algebraic Geometry New England Series (AGNES), Stony Brook (poster presenter).
  • Summer 2013: Young Mathematicians’ Conference, OSU (poster presenter).
  • Summer 2013: UCLA Logic Summer School (participant).


  • Background by Brirush - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link