Mike Steel (mathematician)
Michael A. Steel (born May 1960) is a New Zealand mathematician and statistician, a professor of mathematics and statistics and the director of the Biomathematics Research Centre at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is known for his research on modeling and reconstructing evolutionary trees.
Steel studied at the University of Canterbury, earning a bachelor's degree in 1982, a masters in 1983, and a degree in journalism in 1985. He then moved to Massey University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1989. He joined the Canterbury faculty in 1994.
Awards and honors
In 1999 he won the research award of the New Zealand Mathematical Society "for his fundamental contributions to the mathematical understanding of phylogeny, demonstrating a capacity for hard creative work in combinatorics and statistics and an excellent understanding of the biological implications of his results."
He became a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2003.
- Semple, Charles; Steel, Mike (2003), Phylogenetics, Oxford lecture series in mathematics and its applications 24, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-850942-4.
- Lockhart, P. J.; Steel, M. A.; Hendy, M. D.; Penny, D. (1994), "Recovering evolutionary trees under a more realistic model of sequence evolution.", Molecular Biology and Evolution 11 (4): 605–612, PMID 19391266.