F. James Rohlf
(PhD U Kansas, 1962; Prof, Ecology & Evolution, SUNY Stony Brook) Morphometrics, numerical taxonomy, computer applications in systematics and ecology ()
F. James Rohlf is interested in the applications of mathematical methods and statistics (especially multivariate statistics) to problems in biology with emphasis on morphometrics and the theory of systematics. Along with Robert Sokal, he is the co-author of the popular text Biometry, now in its third edition.
research projects have been concerned with the relatively new field of
geometric morphometrics - using statistics to study variation in the shapes
of biological structures and its covariation with other variables. It
is "geometric" because it involves a more complete capturing of shape
than could be done with traditional ad hoc suites of measurements, ratios,
and angles. Recent work has focused on some of the mathematical and statistical
properties of morphological shape spaces. These methods usually begin
with coordinates of landmarks on the organism and often use the thin-plate
splines to express the statistical results as deformations. This approach
allows rigorous statistical analyses and powerful graphic visualizations
of the results.
Professor Rohlf was recently elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Recent representative publications
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