- 1979-1982 Bachelor of Science (Honours I), University of Sydney
- 1983-1986 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, supervisor M.T. Barlow, graduated May 2, 1987
Fellowships, Scholarships and Prizes:
- 1979-1981 Gowrie Trust Fund Scholarship
- 1980 & 1981 John Irvine Hunter Scholarship
- 1983 University Medal in Mathematical Statistics
- 1983-1986 Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan Scholarship
- 1983-1986 Research Scholarship and Studentship, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
- 1990 Rollo Davidson Prize
- 1991 Presidential Young Investigator Award
- 1993 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship
- 1997 G. de B. Robinson Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society
- 1998 Fellow, Institute of Mathematical Statistics
- 1998 Dobson Fellow, U.C. Berkeley
- 2002 Miller Research Professor, U.C. Berkeley
- 2002 Medallion Lecturer, Institute of Mathematical Statistics
- 2005 Presidential Chair Teaching Fellow, U.C. Berkeley
- 2007+2008 Visiting Fellow, Mathematical Sciences Institute, Australian National University
- 2009 Astor Visiting Lecturer, University of Oxford
- 2011 Birnbaum Lecturer, University of Washington
- 2012 Fellow, American Mathematical Society
- 2016 Member, National Academy of Sciences (U.S.A.)
- 2017 Distinguished Visitor, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, University of Singapore
- 2018 Hotelling Lecturer, University of North Carolina
Employment and Teaching Experience
- 1979-1982 Full-time Bursar, Commonwealth Banking Corporation
- 1983-1987 Research Graduate, Commonwealth Banking Corporation of Australia. Promoted 1987, Manager Research and Analysis.
- 1987-1991 Assistant Professor, Statistics, University of California, Berkeley.
- 1987-1989 Whyburn Research Instructor, Mathematics, University of Virginia.
- 1991-1995 Associate Professor with tenure, Statistics, University of California, Berkeley.
- 1995-present Professor, Statistics, University of California, Berkeley.
- 1999-present Professor, Mathematics (joint appointment), University of California, Berkeley.
- 2005-present Core faculty, Center for Computational Biology, University of California, Berkeley.
I am a probabilist and statistician working in the general area of stochastic processes and their applications.
Particular areas of interest are:
- random matrices
- probability on algebraic structures
- Dawson-Watanabe superprocesses and other measure-valued processes arising in biology
- coalescent models that appear in biology, chemistry and astrophysics
- phylogenetic invariants and phylogenetic inference in both biology and historical linguistics
- biodemography (e.g. fitness landscapes, mutation-selection balance, stochastic PDE models of bacteria and yeast aging, and applications of quasistationarity to mortality modeling)
- probability and real trees, particularly applications of ideas from metric geometry such as the Gromov-Hausdorff metric
- population genetics (e.g. allele frequency spectra for time-varying population sizes and inference from ancient DNA)
- metric measure spaces
- Levy processes and Brownian motion