Steven Evans

Steve Evans
Primary Research Area: 
(510) 642-2777
evans [at] stat [dot] berkeley [dot] edu
Office / Location: 
329 Evans Hall

Tertiary Education:

  • 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.
Research Interests: 

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