Tristan Phillips is a doctoral student in Mathematics. He grew up in Walpole, New Hampshire, and attended Shippenburg University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Tristan is enamored with the way mathematics can influence our lives as well as beautifully describe the natural world. He is especially interested in number theory and the way it influences other mathematic theories and practice. In addition to exploring long standing and historically interesting number theory problems, he has experience showing dairy cows and owns several Jersey dairy cattle. He also enjoys running, hiking, juggling, and painting with watercolors.