About me

I am a postdoc at the University of Colorado Boulder with mentor Katherine E. Stange.

I received my PhD in 2021 at McGill University under the supervision of Henri Darmon. My PhD studies were supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

I was a Blyth Scholar during my undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge, where I received a BA(hons), MMath, and MA.

In high school I represented Canada at the 2011 and 2012 International Mathematical Olympiad, winning two silver medals.

I returned to the IMO as Observer B (2015), Leader (2017, 2018), and Observer A (2019). Since September 2019 I have been chair of the Canadian IMO Committee.


Research interests

I am interested in algebraic number theory, with an empahsis on computations, visualizations, and implementing algorithms. I write a large amount of code, mostly in PARI/GP and C, which can be found on my Github. Most of my current research falls under one or more of the following umbrellas:

An article about a paper I wrote (with Summer Haag, Clyde Kertzer, and Katherine E. Stange) was published in Quanta magazine.



Department of Mathematics
University of Colorado Boulder
2300 Colorado Avenue
Boulder, CO 80309-0395
Office: 301
Email: james.rickards (at) colorado.edu