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Dr Christopher Tuffley PhD, MSc, BSc(Hons)

Senior Lecturer

School of Fundamental Sciences

I completed my PhD in mathematics at UC Berkeley in 2003, under the supervision of Rob Kirby, after first completing my BSc (Hons) and MSc with Mike Steel at the University of Canterbury. I worked at UC Davis for three years before returning to New Zealand in 2007 to my present position at Massey.

I was a member of the 1990 and 1991 New Zealand International Mathematical Olympiad teams, and since returning to New Zealand I have become involved in the New Zealand Mathematical Olympiad programme. During 2010-2015 I served as the team leader, attending the 2010-2015 IMOs in Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Argentina, Colombia, South Africa and Thailand in this role.

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 356 9099 x 84614
    Location: 3.05, ScB
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of California (2003)
  • Master of Science - University of Canterbury (1998)
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours - University of Canterbury (1996)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My primary research interests are in combinatorial topology, knot theory, and combinatorics. I also do some work in the area of mathematical biology.

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Combinatorics and Discrete Mathematics (excl. Physical Combinatorics) (010104): Group Theory and Generalisations (010105): Mathematical Sciences (010000): Pure Mathematics (010100): Topology (010112)

Research Outputs




Consultancy and Languages


  • Māori
    Last used: 2016
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Average

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 2
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Wayne Burrows - Doctor of Philosophy
    Knot Invariants From Groups and Quandles

Co-supervisor of:

  • Michael McVeagh - Doctor of Philosophy
    Efficient Markov bases for polytope sampling

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2017 - Howida Al Fran - Doctor of Philosophy
    The edge slide graph of the n-dimensional cube
  • 2013 - Atheer Matroud - Doctor of Philosophy
    Nested Tandem Repeats - Computation and Analysis

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