Earth & Environmental Science Department, Lehigh University




International Society for Testate Amoeba Research (ISTAR)

Paleoecological section of the Ecological Society of America

Neotoma paleoecology database

PalEON: Paleo-ecological observatory network

American Quaternary Association

Paleoclimatology focus group at the American Geophysical Union






Robert K. Booth

I am an ecologist interested in the influence of environmental variability and disturbance on the structure and function of ecosystems. My research group generally utilizes the rich record of environmental variability preserved in the sediments of peatlands and lakes, although when possible we couple these studies with investigations of contemporary and historical ecology. Much of our research is designed to address pressing issues in global change, with recent and ongoing projects focused on understanding the spatial patterns and climatology of past drought variability, the effects of moisture variability on forest and wetland ecosystems, and the ecological effects and interactions among deforestation, drought, and wildfire.

In addition, our group has also been actively developing and refining the application of testate amoebae to reconstructing past environmental changes. Several ongoing and recent research projects are aimed at better understanding the ecology and biogeography of testate amoebae in an effort to refine and extend the use of these organisms as environmental indicators for use in answering global-change questions.



  • Associate Professor, Lehigh University (2011-present)
  • Class of 1961 Professorship (2013-2015)
  • Associate Editor, Quaternary Research (2012-present)
  • Frank S. Hook Assistant Professor, Lehigh University (2010-2012)
  • Assistant Professor, Lehigh University (2006-2011)
  • Assistant Scientist (2005), University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Post-doctoral Fellow (2003-05), University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • PhD (2003), University of Wyoming
  • MS (1998), Georgia Southern University
  • BS (1995), The Pennsylvania State University

Recent and representative publications

Last three years

Selected publications prior to 2010