Name: Steven Neil Evans

Address: Department of Statistics, University of California, 367 Evans Hall #3860, Berkeley, CA 94720-3860

ph: (510) 642-2777 fax: (510) 642-7892 e-mail: evans@stat.Berkeley.EDU URL:

Date and place of birth: August 12, 1960 Orange, Australia

Nationality: Australian and U.S. dual citizenship

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.)


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 Member, Graduate Group in Computational and Genomic Biology, University of California, Berkeley.

2008-present Member, Graduate Group in Computational Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley.


Selected Invited Lectures


1988 Seminar on Stochastic Processes (Gainesville, Florida), plenary speaker

1989 Southern Californian Probability Meeting, U.C. Irvine (Irvine, California)

1992 Twenty First Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Bernoulli Society (North York, Canada), plenary speaker

Centre de Recherches Mathematiques (Montreal, Canada) Workshop - "Topics in probability and Lie groups: boundary theory" (course of 5 talks).

Centre de Recherches Mathematiques (Montreal, Canada) Workshop - "Measure-valued processes, stochastic partial differential equations and interacting systems."

Fourteenth Midwest Probability Colloquium, Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois)

1993 Joint Statistical Meeting (ASA, Biometric Society, IMS), (San Francisco, California)

First World Congress on Branching Processes (unable to attend due to health)

1994 International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (Edinburgh, U.K.) "Stochastic Partial Differential Equations"

Oberwolfach Mathematics Institute "Probability and Statistics" (unable to attend due to health)

Oberwolfach Mathematics Institute "Probability Theory on Groups and Related Structures"

1996 World Congress of the Bernoulli Society, (Vienna, Austria)

1997 International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (Edinburgh) "Instructional Meeting on Stochastic Partial Differential Equations"

1999 Fields Institute (Toronto, Canada) Workshop - "Interactive Measure-Valued Processes"

Southern California Probability Meeting, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California)

2000 Hewlett-Packard Laboratories (Bristol, U.K.) - Microsoft Workshop at BRIMS - "Random Matrices",

AMS Western Section Meeting, (San Francisco, California), plenary speaker

2001 MSRI (Berkeley, California) Summer School - "Modern Signal Processing"

Erwin Schroedinger Institute (Vienna, Austria) Workshop - "Random Walks and Geometry"

Twenty Seventh Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Bernoulli Society (Cambridge U.K.), plenary speaker

2002 New Zealand Mathematics Research Institute, Eighth Summer Workshop, (Napier, New Zealand)

Medallion Lecturer, IMS Annual Meeting, (Banff, Canada)

2003 Oberwolfach Mathematics Institute "Branching Processes"

Warwick Mathematics Institute, "Stochastic Partial Differential Equations and Related Topics" (2 talks)

Banff International Research Station, workshop on stochastic differential equations in honour of John Walsh

2004 McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (Cambridge U.K), "Phylogenetic Methods and the Prehistory of Languages"

Frankfurt University, "Workshop on Random Discrete Structures"

German Mathematical Society annual meeting (Heidelberg, Germany)

2005 Manchester Institute for Mathematical Sciences, "Fourth Symposium on Levy Processes"

Weierstrass Insitute (Berlin), "Workshop on Random Spatial Models from Physics and Biology"

Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard, "Mathematical Modeling and Language Diversification Workshop"

St. Flour (France) Probability Summer School (10 talks)

Center for Interdisciplinary Research (Bielefeld, Germany), "Microscopic Stochastic Dynamics in Biology and Chemistry"

Oberwolfach Mathematics Institute "Mathematical Population Genetics"

2006 Princeton, New Jersey, Seminar on Stochastic Processes, plenary speaker

International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (Edinburgh, U.K), “Workshop on Mathematical Population Genetics”

Banff International Research Station, “Workshop on Mathematical and Computational Approaches to Linguistic Phylogeny”

Cornell University (Ithaca, New York), 2nd Cornell Probability summer school

University of Washington (Seattle, Washington), “International Conference on Stochastic Analysis and its Applications”

50th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society (Sydney, Australia), plenary speaker

2007 Australian National University Mathematical Sciences Institute (Canberra, Australia), Visiting Fellow, lecture for the general public

Linguistic Society of America Linguistic Institute, Stanford University (Palo Alto, California), “Workshop on Alternative Approaches to Language Classification”

2008 RWTH, (Aachen, Germany), 8th German Open Conference on Probability and Statistics, plenary speaker

Erwin Schroedinger Institute (Vienna, Austria), 15th Anniversary Celebrations, plenary speaker

Australian National University Mathematical Sciences Institute (Canberra, Australia), Visiting Fellow, lecture for the general public

2009 Oberwolfach Mathematics Institute, "Random Trees"

University of Utah (Salt Lake City), “Frontier Probability Days”

Columbia-Princeton Probability Day

University of Oxford, Astor Visiting Lecturer

EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland), academic visitor

Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques (Marseille – Luminy, France), “Probabilistic Models in Evolutionary Biology”

2010 Newton Institute (Cambridge, UK), “Workshop on Stochastic Networks”

Australian Academy of Science (Canberra), “Science at the Shine Dome Symposium on Genomics and Mathematics”

University of Colorado (Boulder), “Advances in Superprocesses and Nonlinear PDEs”

University of Warwick, Probability at Warwick Young Researchers Workshop (5 talks)

University of Warwick, “Orthogonal Polynomials, Applications in Statistics and Stochastic Processes”

International Congress of Mathematicians, Hyderabad, India

Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting

2011 Institute for Mathematical Sciences, National University of Singapore, “Probability and Discrete Mathematics in Mathematical Biology” (5 talks)

Mathematical Biosciences Institute, “New Questions in Probability Theory Arising in Biological Systems”

Banff International Research Station, “Foundations of Stochastic Analysis”

Birnbaum Lecture, University of Washington

2012 Mathematical Biosciences Institute, “Spatial Models of Macro and Micro Systems”

Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques (Marseille – Luminy, France), “Probability, Population Genetics and Evolution”

Center for Interdisciplinary Research (Bielefeld, Germany), “Stochastic Dynamics: Mathematical Theory and Applications”

Rhein-Main-Kolloquium Stochastik, Goethe-Universitaet (Frankfurt, Germany)

Courant Institute, New York University, “Random Structures and Limit Objects: A conference in honor of the 60th birthday of David Aldous”

Thirty Fourth Midwest Probability Colloquium, Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois)

2013 Joint German Polish Conference on Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics (Torun, Poland)

Long term visitor, DFG Priority Programme Probabilistic Structures in Evolution, talks in Cologne, Essen, Erlangen, Frankfurt, Hannover

Institut Mittag-Leffler (Stockholm, Sweden), Olav Kallenberg Workshop,

Centre de Récherches Mathématiques (Montreal, Canada), “Random Trees”

Centre de Récherches Mathématiques (Montreal, Canada), “Coalescent Theory: New Developments and Applications”

2014 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing (Berkeley),  "Evolutionary Biology and the Theory of Computing"

2015 Long term visitor, DFG Priority Programme Probabilistic Structures in Evolution, talks in Frankfurt, Giessen

Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques (Marseille – Luminy, France), “Probability and Biological Evolution”

London Mathematical Society and the Clay Mathematics Institute Research School (Oxford University) “Developments in Modern Probability”

University of Warwick, “Models and Inference in Population Genetics”

2016 Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques (Marseille – Luminy, France), "Random Trees and Maps: Probabilistic and Combinatorial Aspects" 


Research Support

1988 - 1989 NSF grant at University of Virginia

1990 - 1991 NSF grant at University of California

1991 - 1997 Presidential Young Investigator Award

1993 - 1995 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship

1994 - 1997 NSERC Canada Collaborative Projects Grant, "Stochastic Partial Differential Equations"

1997 - 2000 NSF grant at University of California

1997 NSA grant at Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley

1999 NSF grant jointly at MSRI, Berkeley and Fields Institute, Toronto

2000-2003 NSF grant at University of California

2004-2008 NSF grant at University of California (no-cost extension to 2009)

2006-2007 Center for Pure and Applied Mathematics (U.C. Berkeley) grant

2007-2008 Center for Pure and Applied Mathematics (U.C. Berkeley) grant

2009-2014 NSF grant at University of California (no-cost extension to 2015)

2015-2018 NSF grant at University of California




Professional Service


1993 - 2000 Associate Editor Stochastic Processes and their Applications

1994 - 2000 Associate Editor Annals of Probability

1997 - 1998 Co-chair, special year on Stochastic Analysis, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley

1998 - present Co-organizer, Seminar on Stochastic Processes

2001 – 2003 Associate Editor Probability Theory and Related Fields

2003 – present Core Editor, Probability Surveys

2006 - 2010 Institute of Mathematical Statistics Fellowship Committee

2011 - 2013 Scientific organizing committee, Thirty Sixth Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications

2010 - present Advisory board, Forschungsschwerpunkt MathematisierungUniversity of Bielefeld

2011 - 2014 Institute of Mathematical Statistics Council

2012 – present Scientific Advisory Board, Banff International Research Station

2013 Co-organizer, Recent Tends in Stochastic Analysis Conference, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences

2014 Co-organizer Workshop on New Directions in Probabilistic Models of Evolution, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing


Graduate Students


1993 Neil Michael O'ConnellStatisticsPhD, The genealogy of branching processes

1994 Joachim Alfons RebholzMathematics, PhD, Planar diffusions with applications to mathematical finance

1995 Jonathan Widgoff Shapiro, StatisticsPhDCapacity of Brownian trace and level sets

1999, Steven Hwa LinStatisticsPhDOn stochastic models of interest rates with jumps

1999 Ezra Vitali NahumStatisticsPhD, On the pricing of lookback options

1999 Xiaowen ZhouStatisticsPhDExchangeability, continuum-sites stepping-stone models, and enumeration and construction of phylogenetic invariants

1999 Diego Garcia, Statistics, MA, A Monte Carlo method for pricing American options

2001 Michael Ryan RobertsStatisticsMA, Parameter estimation in hidden Markov models

2002 Maxwell T. PakStatisticsMA, Decentralized price setting in replica economies

2008 Ron PeledStatistics, PhD, Global irregularities for Poisson processes - gravitational allocation and rough isometries

2008 Aubrey Irving ClaytonMathematicsPhD, Mutation-selection balance for polynomial selection costs and matrix-valued orthogonal polynomials

2009 Richard Hwa Liang, Statistics, PhD, Two continuum-sites stepping stone models in population genetics with delayed coalescence

2009 Peter Lochhead Ralph, Statistics, PhD, Most recent common ancestors, genetic inheritance, stochastic gene transcription, and Brownian motion on disconnected sets: a probabilistic analysis of a few models

2010 Partha Sarathi DeyStatisticsPhD, Contributions to Stein's method and some limit theorems in probability

2010 Arnab SenStatisticsPhD, Spectra of random trees, coalescing non-Brownian particles and geometric influences of Boolean functions

2010 Eva VivaltMathematicsMA, Modelling Gaussian fields and geostatistical data using Gaussian Markov random fields

2012 Tatyana Mikhailovna Gordeeva, Statistics, MA, Stochastic equations on projective systems of groups

2013 Alexandru Hening, Mathematics, PhD, Two Models of Default from Finance and a Model of Invasion from Ecology

2013 Joshua Simon AbramsonStatistics, PhD, Some Minorants and Majorants of Random Walks and Lévy Processes

2014 Benjamin Tsou, Mathematics, PhD, Eigenvalue Distributions of Symmetric Group Representations

2015 Eric Stephen Wayman, Mathematics, PhD, A Skew-product decomposition of diffusions on a manifold equipped with a group action, A Lorentz model with variable density in a conservative force field, and Reconstruction of a manifold from the intrinsic metric of an associated Markov chain

Present Hye Soo Choi, Statistics, PhD; Benson Au, Mathematics, PhD; Chen Shen, Mathematics, PhD