Jonathan Noel

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Victoria. I am a member of the Discrete Mathematics Group.

Here is my CV and my Google Scholar profile.

Research Interests

• Limits of combinatorial objects

• Quasirandomness

• Extremal combinatorics

• Probabilistic combinatorics

• Ramsey theory

• Bootstrap percolation

• Graph colourings and homomorphisms

• Computational complexity

See my list of recorded research talks.


ICMS Young Researchers in Combinatorics Workshop

Shagnik Das, Carla Groenland, Yanitsa Pehova and I are organising a workshop for Young Researchers in Combinatorics at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Edinburgh on July 18-22, 2022 (rescheduled due to COVID-19). See the webpage.

Internship Opportunity

I have submitted proposals to Mitacs for Globalink Research Internships for Summer 2022. International undergraduate students who are interested to come to Canada for a research internship are encouraged to apply. The application period is August-September, 2021.

Research Papers

Topics: Extremal Combinatorics , Probabilistic Combinatorics , Combinatorial Limits , Bootstrap Percolation , Graph Colouring , Theoretical Computer Science , check all , uncheck all


1. Density maximizers of layered permutations (with Adam Kabela, Daniel Kráľ and Théo Pierron). Submitted. (ext/lim)

Published, to Appear or Accepted

2. Pirates in Wonderland: Liquid Democracy has Bicritical Guarantees (with Mashbat Suzuki and Adrian Vetta). Accepted to SAGT 2021. (tcs)

3. Non-bipartite k-common graphs (with Daniel Kráľ, Sergey Norin, Jan Volec and Fan Wei). Accepted to Combinatorica. (ext/lim)

4. A Sharp Threshold for Bootstrap Percolation in a Random Hypergraph (with Natasha Morrison). Electron. J. Probab. 26 (2021) 1-85 (pr/boot)

5. Cyclic Coloring of Plane Graphs with Maximum Face Size 16 and 17 (with Zdeněk Dvořák, Michael Hebdige, Filip Hlásek and Daniel Kráľ). European J. Combin. 94 (2021) 103287 (col)

6. Bounding the number of cycles in a graph in terms of its degree sequence (with Zdeněk Dvořák, Natasha Morrison, Sergey Norin and Luke Postle). European J. Combin. 91 (2021) 103206 (ext)

7. Cycles of length three and four in tournaments (with Timothy F. N. Chan, Andrzej Grzesik and Daniel Kráľ). J. Combin. Theory Ser. A. 175 (2020) 105276 (ext/lim)

8. Characterization of quasirandom permutations by a pattern sum (with Timothy F. N. Chan, Daniel Kráľ, Yanitsa Pehova, Maryam Sharifzadeh and Jan Volec). Random Structures & Algorithms 57(4) (2020) 920--939. (pr/lim)

9. Reconfiguring Graph Homomorphisms on the Sphere (with Jae-Baek Lee and Mark Siggers). European J. Combin. 86 (2020) 103086. (tcs/col)

10. Graph Homomorphism Reconfiguration and Frozen H-Colourings (with Richard C. Brewster, Jae-Baek Lee, Benjamin Moore and Mark Siggers). J. Graph Theory 94 (3) (2020) 398--420. (tcs/col)

11. Finitely forcible graphons with an almost arbitrary structure (with Daniel Kráľ, László Miklós Lovász and Jakub Sosnovec). Discrete Anal. Paper 9 (2019) 36 pages. (ext/lim)

12. Extremal Bounds for Bootstrap Percolation in the Hypercube (with Natasha Morrison). J. Combin. Theory Ser. A 156 (2018) 61--84. (ext/boot)

13. Weak regularity and finitely forcible graph limits (with Jacob W. Cooper, Tomáš Kaiser and Daniel Kráľ). Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 370 (6) (2018) 3833--3864. (ext/lim)

14. Supersaturation in Posets and Applications Involving the Container Method (with Alex Scott and Benny Sudakov). J. Combin. Theory Ser. A 154 (2018) 247--284. (ext/pr)

15. Saturation in the Hypercube and Bootstrap Percolation (with Natasha Morrison and Alex Scott). Combin. Probab. Comput. 26 (1) (2017) 78--98. (ext/boot)

16. A Dichotomy Theorem for Circular Colouring Reconfiguration (with Richard C. Brewster, Sean McGuinness and Benjamin Moore). Theoret. Comput. Sci. (639) (2016) 1--13. (tcs/col)

17. Mixing Homomorphisms, Recolorings, and Extending Circular Precolorings (with Richard C. Brewster). J. Graph Theory 80 (3) (2015) 173--198. (col)

18. A Proof of a Conjecture of Ohba (with Bruce A. Reed and Hehui Wu). J. Graph Theory 79 (2) (2015) 86--102. (col)

19. Beyond Ohba's Conjecture: A bound on the choice number of k-chromatic graphs with n vertices (with Douglas B. West, Hehui Wu and Xuding Zhu). European J. Combin. 43 (2015) 295--305. (col)

20. On Saturated k-Sperner Systems (with Natasha Morrison and Alex Scott). Electron. J. Combin. 21 (3) (2014) #P3.22. (ext)

21. Extending precolourings of circular cliques (with Richard C. Brewster). Discrete Math. 312 (1) (2012) 35--41. (col)

Education and Theses

DPhil (PhD) Mathematics
University of Oxford
Defended: June 17, 2016
DPhil Thesis: Extremal Combinatorics, Graph Limits and Computational Complexity
Adviser: Alex Scott

M.Sc. Mathematics
McGill University
April 2013
Masters Thesis: Choosability of Graphs with Bounded Order: Ohba's Conjecture and Beyond
Adviser: Bruce Reed

B.Sc. (Hons) Mathematics
Thompson Rivers University
April 2011
Honours Thesis: The Invariant Subspace Problem
Adviser: Robb Fry