##### Department of Mathematics,

University of California San Diego

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### Special Colloquium

## Angela Gibney

#### University of Pennsylvania

## Mori cones of algebraic varieties

##### Abstract:

The Mori cone is a fundamental, often elusive, invariant of an algebraic variety and is the central object of study in higher dimensional algebraic geometry. In this talk I will explain Fulton's conjecture, which predicts a very simple description of the Mori cone of the moduli space of curves. I'll show how one can naturally obtain upper and lower bounds for the Mori cone of a large class of varieties. In the case of the moduli space of curves, the upper bound is the cone described by Fulton's conjecture. In particular, this gives a new possibitlity for the Mori cone and a new perspective on Fulton's conjecture.

Host: Adrian Wadsworth

### January 14, 2008

### 3:00 PM

### AP&M 6402

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