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,
- a description of the body of work (not to exceed two pages) on which the candidacy is based,
- reprints of no more than three relevant papers and/or software products,
- a curriculum vitae, and
- 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.
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
||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.|
The 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
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
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