Alison Etheridge

Alison Etheridge

Alison Etheridge in 2015, portrait via the Royal Society
Born Alison Mary Etheridge
(1964-04-27) 27 April 1964[1]
Alma mater University of Oxford (DPhil)[3]
Thesis Asymptotic Behaviour of Some Measure-Valued Diffusions (1989)
Doctoral advisor David Albert Edwards[4]
Doctoral students
  • Nic Freeman[4]
  • Mark Meredith[5]
  • Anja Sturm[6]
  • Amandine Véber[4]
Notable awards


Alison Mary Etheridge (born 1964)[1] FRS[2] is Professor of Probability at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford.[8][9][10][11][12]


Etheridge was educated at the University of Oxford where she was awarded a DPhil in 1989[3] for research supervised by David Albert Edwards.[4][13]

Career and research

Following her PhD, Etheridge held research fellowships in Oxford and Cambridge and positions at the University of California, Berkeley, The University of Edinburgh and Queen Mary University of London before returning to Oxford in 1997.[2]

Over the course of her career, her interests have ranged from abstract mathematical problems to concrete applications as reflected in her four books which range from a research monograph on mathematical objects called superprocesses to an exploration (co-authored with Mark H. A. Davis) of the percolation of ideas from the groundbreaking thesis of Louis Bachelier in 1900 to modern mathematical finance.[2]

Much of her recent research is concerned with mathematical models of population genetics, where she has been particularly involved in efforts to understand the effects of spatial structure of populations on their patterns of genetic variation.[2]

Awards and honours

Etheridge was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2015.[2] Her certificate of election reads:

Alison Etheridge has made significant contributions in the theory and applications of probability and in the links between them. Her particular areas of research have been in measure-valued processes (especially superprocesses and their generalisations); in theoretical population genetics; and in mathematical ecology. A recent focus has been on the genetics of spatially extended populations, where she has exploited and developed inextricable links with infinite-dimensional stochastic analysis. Her resolution of the so-called `pain in the torus' is typical of her work in that it draws on ideas from diverse areas, from measure-valued processes to image analysis. The result is a flexible framework for modelling biological populations which, for the first time, combines ecology and genetics in a tractable way, while introducing a novel and mathematically interesting class of stochastic processes. The breadth of her contributions is further illustrated by the topics of her four books, which range from the history of financial mathematics to mathematical modelling in population genetics.[7]


  1. 1 2 3 ETHERIDGE, Prof. Alison Mary, (Mrs Lionel Mason). Who's Who. 2016 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription required)
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Professor Alison Etheridge FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:
    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  3. 1 2 Etheridge, Alison Mary (1989). Asymptotic Behaviour of Some Measure-Valued Diffusions (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 556534862.
  4. 1 2 3 4 Alison Etheridge at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. Meredith, Mark (2006). Asymptotic results for some stochastic population models (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 500065707.
  6. Sturm, Anja Karin (2002). On spatially structured population processes and relations to stochastic partial differential equations (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 498707216.
  7. 1 2 "Professor Alison Etheridge FRS". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-05-02.
  8. Alison Etheridge's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  9. Barton, N. H. (2004). "The Effect of Selection on Genealogies". Genetics. 166 (2): 1115–1131. doi:10.1534/genetics.166.2.1115. ISSN 0016-6731.
  10. Barton, N. H.; Depaulis, F; Etheridge, A. M. (2002). "Neutral evolution in spatially continuous populations". Theoretical Population Biology. 61 (1): 31–48. doi:10.1006/tpbi.2001.1557. PMID 11895381.
  11. Etheridge, A. M.; Labbé, C. (2014). "Scaling limits of weakly asymmetric interfaces". Communications in Mathematical Physics. 336: 287. doi:10.1007/s00220-014-2243-2.
  12. Kelleher, J; Barton, N. H.; Etheridge, A. M. (2013). "Coalescent simulation in continuous space". Bioinformatics. 29 (7): 955–6. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btt067. PMID 23391497.
  13. Etheridge, A. M.; Finnis, M. W. (1985). "Instability of the rate equations for creep coupled to swelling". Journal of Nuclear Materials. 132 (3): 277. doi:10.1016/0022-3115(85)90372-1.
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