School of Mathematics and Statistics
UNSW Sydney
email:     c.greenhill AT

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Catherine Greenhill


I was an undergraduate at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia, where I completed a Bachelor of Science (1991) followed by an M.Sc. by research (1992), supervised by Anne Street. My doctoral research was performed at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, under the supervision of Peter Neumann. I completed my DPhil in 1996.

My first postdoctoral position was held at the School of Computer Studies (now the School of Computing) of the University of Leeds. I worked with Martin Dyer on the analysis of combinatorial Markov chains and related questions of computational complexity (1997 - 1999). Then in 2000 I moved back to Australia to take up an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Mathematics Department of the University of Melbourne. I worked with Nick Wormald on the study of random regular graphs.

In January 2003 I joined the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW Sydney (the University of New South Wales), where I am a member of the Combinatorics research group. I was promoted to Professor on 1 January 2019. My most frequent collaborator these days is Brendan McKay from the Australian National University. We mostly work on problems in asymptotic enumeration of combinatorial structures. For my other research interests, see my research page.

I am the Immediate Past Chair of WIMSIG, and was Chair of WIMSIG from 1 February 2021 until 31 January 2023. (WIMSIG is the Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group of the Australian Mathematical Society.) I am a member of the Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM) from 2023 - 2026. (The CWM is a committee of the International Mathematical Union.)

Join us at the Sydney Mathematical Research Institute on 1 - 2 October 2024 for the WIMSIG Conference 2024!!.

In 2022 I was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. (Watch the short video they made.) I was awarded the 2015 Christopher Heyde Medal in Pure Mathematics by the Australian Academy of Science. The Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications awarded me the 2010 Hall Medal.

Mathematical miscellanea