**Megan Kerr, Wellesley College**

**Title:** Existence of homogeneous Einstein metrics: a simplicial
complex via butterflies

**Abstract:** We consider the space of metrics of volume one on a
fixed compact homogeneous space M = G/H with G and H compact. If the
isotropy representation of H is irreducible, there is only one
G-invariant metric, up to scaling, and it must be Einstein. If, more
generally, H is maximal in G, Wang and Ziller proved there must be at
least one G-invariant Einstein metric (1986). Indeed, the space of
volume one G-invariant metrics can be described by a simplicial
complex; its structure is governed by the set of all possible flags of
subgroups of G containing the isotropy subgroup H. Böhm proved
that when the associated simplicial complex is non-contractible, there
must exist a G-invariant Einstein metric on M (2004). We will
explore the relationship between the geometry of M=G/H and its
algebraic structure. To describe the simplicial complex, we will
introduce the notion of butterflies, due to Graev (2012). This
project is joint with Christoph Böhm and Luigi Verdiani.