Clayton Shonkwiler

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Clayton Shonkwiler is a mathematician and artist.

He is committed to using geometry to understand the world.

A to Z
23 x 31 cm
Pen plotter drawing on paper

In joint work with Cantarella and Deguchi, we identified planar polygons with points in certain Stiefel manifolds. While our main motivation was to understand the 3-dimensional polygons used to model ring polymers like bacterial DNA, the well-understood geometry of Stiefel manifolds and their associated Grassmannians also allows us to answer questions like “What’s the shortest path from A to Z?”