Ph.D. Robert Sheath
Ph.D. Robert Sheath
Professor of Biological Sciences

Office: Science Hall 2 133
Phone: (760) 750-8023

Ph.D. Robert Sheath

Dr. Sheath’s research interests focus on aquatic biology with emphasis on the evolution, ecology, biogeography and systematics of the algae and their use as water quality indicators.  This research involves a combination of field and laboratory work, including advanced microscopy and molecular analyses.  Dr. Sheath is also the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Phycology, one of the most cited journals in the field and aquatic botany in general.


Ph.D., 1977: University of Toronto


Sheath, R.G. 2009. Rhodophyta. In AWWA Manual of Freshwater Algae. American Water Works Association, Denver, CO. Invited submission. In press.

Müller, K.M., M.D.J. Lynch and R.G. Sheath. 2009. Bangiophytes: from one class to six: where do we go from here? Moving the bangiophytes into the genomic age. In Red Algae in the Genomic Age. (ed. by J. Seckback and D. Chapman). Springer-Verlag. Invited chapter. In press.

Rindi, F., L. McIvor, A.R. Sherwood, T. Friedl, M.D. Guiry and R.G. Sheath  2007. Molecular phylogeny of the green algal order Prasioales (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta). Journal of Phycology 43: 811-822.

Sheath, R.G. 2006.  Biogeography of freshwater algae.  Version 2.  In:  Encyclopedia of Life Sciences.  John Wiley & Sons. 5 pp.

Yoon, H.S., K.M. Müller, R.G. Sheath, F.D. Ott and D. Bhattacharya.  2006.  Defining the major lineages of red algae (Rhodophyta).  Journal of Phycology 42: 482-492.

Wehr, J.D. and R.G. Sheath (eds.) 2003. Freshwater Algae of North America: Ecology and Classification. Academic Press, San Diego, 918 pp.

Sheath, R.G. and J.D. Wehr. 2003. Introduction to freshwater algae. In: Freshwater Algae of North America: Ecology and Classification. (ed. By J.D. Wehr and R.G. Sheath), Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 1-9.