Adrian Smith

BSc Keele, MA Oxf, MSc Wales, PhD Nott
Fellow and Tutor in Zoology
Associate Professor in Infectious Diseases

Andrew Bunker

MA, DPhil Oxf


I tutor a range of topics in physics for St. Catherine's students in the first three years of their degrees, including special relativity, cosmology and electromagnetism. For the Department of Physics, I give a short option lecture course on "Stars and Galaxies" to the second and third year, and I am Head of the Astrophysics Laboratory for the third year undergraduates (and previously was Head of Lab for first year optics).

About me

I joined St. Catherine's College in 2008 as a Fellow in Physics, and as a Reader in Astrophysics in the physics department. I moved from being Head of Astronomy at the Anglo-Australian Observatory, based in Sydney. I also previously held a Faculty position in physics at the University of Exeter, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge for 5 years, and at the University of California, Berkeley for 3 years. I did both my undergraduate degree and doctorate at Oxford. I am on the Instrument Science Team for the NIRSpec spectrograph on the James Webb Space Telescope (the successor to Hubble, to be launched around 2018), and I am an editor of Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the main British journal for astronomy and astrophysics.


I am an astronomer, and my main interest is finding very distant galaxies. For this, I use the Hubble Space Telescope, and large telescopes on the ground (involving lots of trips to Hawaii and Chile).  The scientific goal is to explore the formation and evolution of galaxies - as light travels at a fast (but finite) rate, the Universe was a lot younger when the light we see now left these distant objects.  I study the astrophysics of how galaxies form, and when stars are born in the early Universe.

Graduate supervision

I have supervised a number of students in Oxford. Joseph Caruana (DPhil 2009-12) is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute in Potsdam, Germany, and Silvio Lorenzoni (DPhil 2009-12) has moved on to be a postdoctoral researcher in Lisbon, Portugal. I currently supervise the DPhil of Holly Elbert, who started in 2012. I have also previously supervised PhD students at Cambridge, Exeter and Hertfordshire. I am College Advisor to a number of physics graduate students at St. Catherine's College.


Fellow and Tutor in Physics
Professor of Astrophysics

Richard Bailey

BSc Leic, MA Oxf, MSc PhD RHUL


In College I tutor all aspects of the Physical Geography component of the undergraduate Geography course. In the School of Geography and the Environment I convene and teach 1st year statistics, 2nd year Earth System Dynamics and a final year option course on complex systems, and provide lectures to the Geographical Techniques 2nd year course and the Biodiversity Conservation and Management MSc.

About me

I moved to Oxford in 1998 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, from Royal Holloway (University of London). Between 1998 and 2005 I held various positions including a NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Postdoctoral Fellowship at St John's College, and Stipendiary Lecturership at Catz. After an 18 month period as a Lecturer at Royal Holloway, I returned to Oxford to take up my present position in 2007.


I research the dynamics of natural environmental systems over a range of timescales, with a focus predominantly, although not exclusively, on Africa. I am Director of the Oxford Luminescence Dating Laboratory, where we study basic physical process of luminescence and apply optical dating methods in studying long term environmental change, earth surface processes and also some aspects of human evolution.  I have a strong interest in Complex Systems research, and this influences my groups' current efforts in developing quantitative models of landscape systems, for the purpose of assessing landscape/ecological resilience in sub-Saharan Africa .

Graduate supervision

I have formally supervised 10 DPhil students (six completed, four underway), on a variety of topics related to both basic/applied luminescence research and landscape dynamics. Current DPhil projects are focused on long-term records and drivers of environmental change in Southern Africa, modelling aeolian sediment dynamics and associated effects on plant mortality, parametrizing spatially-resolved moisture and nutrient dynamics in dryland ecosystems, and the development/assessment of 'safe and just operating limits' for South Africa.






Fellow and Tutor in Geography
Associate Professor in Geochronology

Duncan Robertson

BSc Imp, MA, DPhil Oxf, ARCS, CSci, CPhys, MInstP, FCA


I teach General Management and Strategic Management tutorials for the BA Economics & Management degree.

About me

I obtained my doctorate in strategic management at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and my undergraduate degree in physics at Imperial College, University of London. I am a chartered accountant, having worked for KPMG in London, Australia, and New Zealand, and have corporate finance and strategy experience within Barclays plc and KPMG Corporate Finance, having provided consultancy services for companies such as Unilever. I was appointed as a visiting scholar in the Management Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, and a visiting professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, People’s Republic of China.   I also hold positions at UEA and at Warwick.

I have been shortlisted for several Best Paper Prizes from the Strategic Management Society. I am the author of The Dynamics of Strategy published by Oxford University Press, and the founder of the travel website


My research centres on the dynamics of competitive strategy; competition in high-velocity and turbulent environments; dynamic capabilities; agent-based modeling of inter-firm competition; and the strategic management of network-based firms.


Fellow by Special Election in Management
Director of Studies for Management

Barrie E Juniper

MA, DPhil Oxf
Secretary for Alumni

Gaia Scerif

BSc St And, PhD Lond


I oversee tutorial teaching in Experimental Psychology for St. Catherine's students reading for Experimental Psychology, Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics, and Biomedical Sciences. I tutor students in my areas of specialty (developmental psychology, developmental cognitive neuroscience, attention) across all years and courses. In addition, I lecture Prelim students (1st Year undergraduates), Part 1 students (2nd Year undergraduates), Part 2 students (finalists) and MSc students in developmental psychology and the developmental cognitive neuroscience of attention and control. I supervise final year undergraduate students for their research projects and dissertations.

About me

I am originally from Milan, Italy, but after an International Baccalaureate at the United World College of Southern Africa (Swaziland), I decided not to settle for a while. I completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, spending a year as a visiting student at Queen’s University in Canada. I then read for a PhD in developmental cognitive neuroscience at the Institute of Child Health, University College London.

After a brief visiting fellowship (now developed into an ongoing collaboration) at the Sackler Institute of Developmental Psychobiology, Cornell University and Weill Medical School (New York), I held a permanent appointment as a lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham. I have been based at St Catherine's since October 2006.


My research focuses on the processes underlying the development of attentional control and those underlying attentional difficulties, from their neural correlates to their outcomes on emerging cognitive abilities. Addressing these questions involves combining the study of typical attentional control with research on neurodevelopmental disorders of attention that affect molecular pathways and neural circuits involved in attentional control development:

(1) disorders with a well-defined genetic aetiology (e.g., fragile X syndrome, Williams syndrome, Down syndrome, sex chromosomal trisomies); and

(2) complex behavioural syndromes of mixed aetiology (e.g., AD/HD). You can read more about my research group here.

Graduate supervision

I supervise DPhil students in attention, brain and cognitive development, and you can read more about our research themes here.  At the College level, I also mentor graduate students in Psychology and Biomedical sciences taught and research courses.

Fellow and Tutor in Psychology
Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Justine Pila

BA, LLB, PhD Melb, MA, DipLATHE Oxf
Justine Pila came to Oxford in 2004 to take up her statutory posts of University Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law and Tutorial Fellow of St Catherine's College. She holds undergraduate degrees in Law and Arts and a Phd in Law from the University of Melbourne, and has previously worked as an intellectual property solicitor and Associate to the Chief Justice of the Australian Federal Court. She teaches intellectual property law and theory at graduate and undergraduate level for the Faculty and EU law for St Catherine's. Her current projects include an Oxford Handbook on Intellectual Property and a monograph on IP subject matter, both for publication by OUP in 2016. A full list of her publications is available on her faculty webpage. Here are the dust jackets of her existing books:
                        The Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Property Law - Rochelle Dreyfuss Justine Pila
Fellow and Tutor in Law

Tom Pizzari

BSc Aberd, MA Oxf, PhD Sheff


I teach Animal Behaviour, Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.


About me

I studied Zoology at the University of Aberdeen, did a PhD at the University of Sheffield, and held postdoctoral positions at Sheffield and in Sweden. I was appointed Lecturer at Leeds in 2003, and moved to Oxford in 2005 as University Lecturer in Zoology and Biology tutor at Catz.



I am an evolutionary biologist interested in sexual behaviour and its evolutionary and ecological implications. Our lab focuses on resolving different aspects of sexual selection, sexual conflict and promiscuity using a strongly experimental approach. I was awarded the ASAB Outstanding Young Investigator Award in 2005, and the Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2008. My publications include: Pizzari & Birkhead (2000) Nature; Birkhead & Pizzari (2002) Nature Rev. Gen.; Pizzari et al. (2003) Nature; Keeling et al. (2004) Nature; Løvlie et al. (2005) Curr. Biol.; Pizzari & Foster (2008) PLoS Biol; Dean et al. (2010) Curr. Biol.; Dean et al. (2012) PLoS Gen.; Collet et al. (2012) PNAS.


Graduate Supervision

I have supervised six PhD students, and I am currently supervising four additional PhD students on subjects related to sexual selection and the functional analysis of reproductive behaviour.

Fellow and Tutor in Zoology
Professor of Evolutionary Biology

Naomi Freud

MA, MSc Oxf


I am a Biological Anthropologist and I teach Human Ecology to Human Sciences undergraduates. Human Sciences is an inter-disciplinary degree course that provides students with the tools to explore and study people in a variety of different ways. Human Ecology allows students to understand the mechanisms in which human individuals and populations have been both physically and culturally shaped by their environment. And, importantly, Human Ecology provides a lynchpin with the other disciplines within Human Sciences to provide a deeper understanding of what it is to be human.

About me

I came up to St Catherine’s to read Human Sciences in 1985.  I continued to study Biological Anthropology at Oxford and have taught students studying Human Sciences since the early 1990s.  I have at the same time, with my husband, brought up our family of one daughter and two sons.


My interests include predictive adaptive strategies for those living in nutritionally challenged environments; agricultural risk minimisation strategies in contemporary and historical communities; the genetic adaptations that have manifest themselves through chance and selection to benefit individuals under particular circumstances and the serious implications of human group choice on animal populations.

Fellow by Special Election
Director of Studies for Visiting Students
Director of Studies for Human Sciences
College Lecturer in Human Sciences

Patrick Grant

BEng Nott, MA, DPhil Oxf, FREng


I give courses in Casting, Powder Processing and Engineering Alloys in the Department of Materials.

About me

I received a BEng in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Nottingham University in 1987 and a DPhil in Materials from Oxford University in 1991. After holding a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and then Lectureship in the Department of Materials, Oxford University, I became Vesuvius Professor of Materials in 2004, when I joined St Catz. I am a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM) and I was elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010 (FREng).

I was one of the founding academics of the Begbroke Science Park at Oxford University, now a major regional and international hub for innovation and close industry-university collaboration. I am currently the Deputy Head of the Maths, Physical and Life Science Division.

I was a member of 2008 Research Assessment Exercise panel for Metallurgy and Materials and am an advisor to EPSRC on the Manufacturing the Future theme and a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisor Network. I am a consultant to a FTSE 100 UK aerospace company and a major French materials company, and I am a non-executive director of a UK-based academic publishing company.


My research takes place at the interface between advanced materials and manufacturing. Particular applications include electrodes for energy storage and advanced metallics for power generation. Many of my research projects are concerned with solidification behaviour in complex alloys, and/or the use of liquid metal, ceramic or polymer droplet and powder sprays to create unusual materials. My group works closely with industry and has many specialised synthesis and fabrication facilities, most of which are based at Oxford University's Begbroke Science Park.

Graduate Supervision

My research group typically contains eight doctoral students under my supervision, and in total, 26 doctoral and 15 masters students have graduated from the group.

Vesuvius Professor of Materials


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