Robin Sleith

Postdoctoral Fellow & Lecturer in Biological Sciences

Robin Sleith

Contact & Office Hours

By appointment.

Burton Hall 215



Ph.D. The City University of New York

B.S. Green Mountain College


Robin Sleith’s research works to understand the diversity, evolution, and genomic characteristics of understudied eukaryotic organisms. Current projects include investigating Stramenopile, Alveolate and Rhizaria (SAR) microbial communities within pitcher plant fluid at Smith’s Lyman Conservatory and in bogs across New England. Other work is focussed on understanding genome organization in benthic Foraminifera from across the world. These research projects utilize molecular and computational approaches to address questions of diversity, evolution, and ecology.

Representative Publications

Sleith, R.S., J.D. Wehr & K.G. Karol. 2018. Untangling climate and water chemistry to predict changes in freshwater macrophyte distributions. Ecology and Evolution 8: 2802-2811. DOI:10.1002/ece3.3847

Allen, J., S. McKenzie, R.S. Sleith & S. Elizabeth Alter. 2018. First genome-wide analysis of an endangered lichen reveals isolation by distance and strong population structure. American Journal of Botany DOI:10.1002/ajb2.1150

Larkin, D.J., A.K. Monfils, A. Boissezon, R.S. Sleith, P.M. Skawinski, C. Welling, B. Cahill & K.G. Karol. 2018. Biology, ecology, and management of starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa; Characeae): A Red-listed Eurasian green alga invasive in North America. Aquatic Botany 148: 15-24. DOI:10.1016/j.aquabot.2018.04.003

Sleith, R.S., A.J. Havens, R.A. Stewart & K.G. Karol. 2015. Distribution of Nitellopsis obtusa in New York, USA. Brittonia 67: 166-172. DOI:10.1007/s12228-015-9372-6