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2021 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - The Rohlf Medal


The Rohlf Medal was established in 2006 by the family and friends of F. James Rohlf to mark his 70th birthday. He has been a longtime Stony Brook University faculty member and is currently Emeritus Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, and Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Recipients of the Rohlf Medal will be recognized for excellence in their sustained body of work on the development of new morphometric methods or for their applications in the biomedical sciences, including evolutionary biology, population biology, physical anthropology, and medicine. The term "morphometrics" is intended to include high-dimensional pattern analyses of biological shape, especially those that analyse shape in a comprehensive way, or of covariation of shape with other variables. The award can recognize a body of work that has significantly advanced the field, including: mathematical or statistical theory underlying morphometric methods, software that implements or visualizes new methods, or a body of biological findings that rely crucially on contemporary morphometric methods and represent major advances.

Candidates for the Rohlf Medal may be self-nominated or nominated by others. They must possess a Ph.D. degree or the equivalent.

The winning candidate must agree to attend the award ceremony in person in order to accept the Rohlf Medal and then deliver the award lecture.   Note: the event may have to be virtual this year due to COVID-19. A decision will be announced later.

Nomination packages should include,

  1. a description of the body of work (not to exceed two pages) on which the candidacy is based,
  2. reprints of no more than three relevant papers and/or software products,
  3. a curriculum vitae, and
  4. the names and addresses of three referees.

Nominating packages should be uploaded to the   Rohlf Medal application  website  and received by  5 pm, EST, 15 July 2021  to be assured of full consideration. Note that upon request nominations from 2019 can be retained for the 2021 selection (though updates of some of the information will likely be needed).

The successful candidate will receive the Rohlf Medal and a cash prize at Stony Brook University, planned for on or about   October 24th, 2021. She or he will deliver a lecture that is appropriate for a broad audience, ranging from the exact sciences to the humanities, concerning the morphometric methodology, software, or findings for which the Rohlf Medal was awarded.


BooksteinThe  first presentation of the Rohlf Medal was made to  Fred L. Bookstein (University of Vienna and Washington University) on Monday, October 24, 2011 at Stony Brook University. The title of his lecture was "Biology and Mathematical Imagination: the Meaning of Morphometrics". A link to the video of the lecture is  available here.
O'Higgins The  second presentation was made to  Paul O'Higgins (Head, Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences, Hull York Medical School, England) on Thursday, October 24, 2013. The title of his lecture was "The measure of things: pattern, process and morphometry". A link to the video of the lecture is  available here.
HallgrimssonThe 2015 recipient was  Benedikt Hallgrímsson. The title of his presentation on October 26th was "Morphometrics and the Middle-Out Approach to Complex Traits". A link to the video of the lecture is  available here.
SliceThe  fourth presentation was made to  Dennis Slice (Florida State University) on Tueday, October 24, 2017. The title of his lecture was "An Unexpected Journey: A Curious Career in Shape Analysis". A video of the lecture is  available here.
HallgrimssonThe  2019 presentation was made to  Dean C. Adams (Iowa State University) on Tueday, October 24, 2019. The title of his lecture was "Morphometrics, Macroevolution, and an Effect Size Measure for Multivariate Data". A link to the video of the lecture is  available here.
PhotoThe 2021 winner is Joan Richtsmeier (Pennsylvania State University). The medal will be presented and her lecture delivered at 4pm on October 25, 2021. The title of her lecture and other details will be provided as they become available. It is hoped that this will be a live event held in the university's Wang Center. If not then arrangements will be made for a virtual event.

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