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Philip Hanson


I am currently a second year PhD student working in the area of population genetics, measure-valued Markov processes and coalescent theory. My supervisors are Dr Dario Spanò, Dr Paul Jenkins and Dr Jere Koskela. I graduated with an MMath in 2017 from the University of Bath. My final year project was supervised by Professor Andreas Kyprianou and concerned Brownian excursions into the interior of the unit ball in 2 dimensions.

Research Interests:

My research interests are centred around probability and its applications in population genetics. I namely look at coalescents and their small time behaviour when coming down from infinity, quantifying the speed at which they do so and their CLT fluctuations.


"Diffusion Limits at Small Times for Coalescent Processes with Mutation and Selection" (2020), Philip A. Hanson, Dario Spano, Paul A. Jenkins and Jere Koskela, under review.


IPSA - Interplay of Probability, Statistics and Analysis, Joint CDT Colloquium, University of Warwick, April 2019

Probability Meets Biology Workshop, University of Bath, April/May 2019

LMS Probability Research School, University of Bath, July 2019

Workshop on Models and Inference in Population Genetics, University of Warwick, December 2019



Teaching Assistant for MA244 Analysis 3 Term 1


Teaching Assistant for ST318 Probability Theory Term 2

Teaching Assistant for MA260 Norms Metrics and Topologies Term 2


Teaching Assistant for MA131 Analysis 1&2 Terms 1&2

Teaching Assistant for ST116 Mathematical Techniques Term 1

Teaching Assistant for ST202 Stochastic Processes Term 2

Non-Research Interests:

In my spare time I like to play and referee Handball. In 2018/19 I was the Vice President of the University of Warwick Handball Club and in 2019/20 I was the Postgraduate and Welfare Officer for the club.


Office: B3.04, Zeeman Building