Call for Nominations - The Rohlf Medal

The Rohlf Medal was established in 2006 by the friends and family of F. James Rohlf, Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution and longtime Stony Brook University faculty member, to mark his 70th birthday. Recipients of the Rohlf Medal will be recognized for excellence in their body of work on the development of new multivariate 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 multivariate statistical analysis of biological shape and its covariation with other variables, especially those that analyze shape in a comprehensive way. The award can recognize advancements in the mathematical or statistical theory underlying morphometric methods, new software that implements or visualizes new or existing methods, or specific new biological findings that rely crucially on contemporary morphometric methods.

Candidates for the Rohlf Medal may be self-nominated or nominated by others. They must have attained the postdoctoral level or its equivalent. 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 for the next award (in October 2015) should be uploaded to the Rohlf Medal website ( by 15 August 2015 to be assured of full consideration by the Rohlf Medal award committee.

The successful candidate will receive the Rohlf Medal and a cash prize at Stony Brook University on or around 24 October of odd numbered years. She or he will deliver a lecture that is appropriate for an educated general audience concerning the morphometric research for which the Rohlf Medal was awarded.

The 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.      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.