Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Group


First Advisor

Wolfgang Ziller


Recent years have seen an increase in the study of orbifolds in connection to Riemannian geometry. We connect this field to one of the fundamental questions in Riemannian geometry, namely, which spaces admit a metric of positive curvature? We give a partial classification of 4 dimensional orbifolds with positive curvature on which a circle acts by isometries. We further study the connection between orbifolds and biquotients - which in the past was one of the main techniques used to construct compact manifolds with positive curvature. In particular, we classify all orbifold biquotients of SU(3). Among those, we show that a certain 5 dimensional orbifold admits a metric of almost positive curvature. Furthermore, we provide some new results on the orbifolds SU(3)//T^2 studied by Florit and Ziller.

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