The Rohlf Medal for Excellence in Morphometric Methods and Applications

The Medal

The Rohlf Medal was established in 2006 by his family and friends to mark the 70th birthday of F. James Rohlf, Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution and longtime Stony Brook University faculty member. 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. The expectation is that an award will be made every two years and that the winner will present a lecture at Stony Brook University on or about October 24th of odd-numbered years.



The first presentation of the Rohlf Medal was made to Fred L. Bookstein (University of Vienna and the University of Washington) 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.

The third presentation of the Rohlf Medal was be made to Benedikt Hallgrímsson (University of Calgary) on Monday, October 26, 2015 at Stony Brook University. The title of his lecture was "Morphometrics and the Middle-Out Approach to Complex Traits". More information about Benedikt Hallgrimsson. A link to a video of his lecture is available here.

     The fourth presentation of the Rohlf Medal will be made to Dennis Slice (Florida State University) on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Stony Brook University. The title of his lecture will be "An Unexpected Journey: A Curious Career in Shape Analysis". A link to a video of his lecture will be made available after the lecture.

Link to 2011 photos.
Link to 2013 photos.
Link to 2015 photos.


Please donate to the Rohlf Medal fund so it can be continued well into the future. Here is a direct link at the Stony Brook Foundation web site: Rohlf Medal Fund
Revised August 14, 2017 by F. James Rohlf.