Warren Booth - Faculty & Adjuncts

Warren Booth, PhD

Warren Booth, PhD
Associate Professor of Biological Science
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Biological Science
918-631-3421 Website Oliphant Hall Room 315


PhD – Queen’s University of Belfast BSc – Queen’s University of Belfast

Research Interests

Molecular Ecology
Population and Evolutionary Genetics
Invasive Species Biology
Spatiotemporal Metapopulation Dynamics
Distribution and Evolution of Facultative Parthenogenesis

Teaching Interests

Vertebrate Physiology
Molecular Ecology
Species Invasion
Evolutionary Genetics


Journal Articles

  • Gamble, Tony et al. “The Discovery of XY Sex Chromosomes in a Boa and Python.” Current Biology 27.14 (2017): 2148–2153.e4. Print.

  • Runjaic, Jelena et al. “No Detectable Insecticide Resistance in Swallow Bugs (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) Following Long-Term Exposure to Naled (Dibrom 8).” Journal of Medical Entomology 54.4 (2017): 994–998. Print.

  • Sorger, D. et al. “Outnumbered: a New Dominant Ant Species with Genetically Diverse Supercolonies in Ethiopia.” Insectes Sociaux 64.1 (2017): 141–147. Print.

  • Keane, Kit T., Peggy S. M. Hill, and Warren Booth. 2016. The kin selection hypothesis in a lekking mole cricket: assessing nested patterns of relatedness. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. doi: 10.1111/bij.12738

  • Card, Daren et al. “Phylogeographic and Population Genetic Analyses Reveal Multiple Species of Boa and Independent Origins of Insular Dwarfism.” Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 102 (2016): 104–116. Print.

  • Turner, Melissa et al. “The Mating System of White-Tailed Deer under Quality Deer Management.” Journal of Wildlife Management 80.5 (2016): 935–940. Print.

  • Benoit , J., Z. Adelman, K. Reinhardt, A. Dolan, M. Poelchau, E. Jennings, E. Szuter, R. Hagan, H. Gujar, J. Shukla, F. Zhu, M. Mohan, D. Nelson, A. Rosendale, C. Derst, V. Resnik, S. Wernig, P. Menegazzi, C. Wegener, N. Peschel, J. Hendershot, W. Blenau, R. Predel, P. Johnston, P. Ioannidis, R. Waterhouse, R. Nauen, C. Schorn, M. Ott, F. Maiwald, J. Johnston, A. Gondhalekar, M. Scharf, B. Peterson, K. Raje, B. Hottel, D. Armisén, A. Crumière, P. Refki, M. Santos, E. Sghaier, S. Viala, A. Khila, S. Ahn, C. Childers, C. Lee, H. Lin, D. Hughes, E. Duncan, S. Murali, J. Qu, S. Dugan, S. Lee, H. Chao, H. Dinh, Y. Han, H. Doddapaneni, K. Worley, D. Muzny, D. Wheeler, K. Panfilio, I. Vargas Jentzsch, E. Vargo, W. Booth, M. Friedrich, M. Weirauch, M. Anderson, J. Jones, O. Mittapalli, C. Zhao, J. Zhou, J. Evans, G. Attardo, H. Robertson, E. Zdobnov, J. Ribeiro, R. Gibbs, J. Werren, S. Palli, C. Schal, and S. Richards. Unique Features of a Global Human Ectoparasite Identified through Sequencing of the Bed Bug Genome. Vol. 7, Nature Communications, 2016.
  • Kolokotronis , S., J. Foox, J. Rosenfeld, M. Brugler, D. Reeves, J. Benoit, W. Booth, G. Robison, M. Steffen, Z. Sakas, S. Palli, C. Schal, S. Richards, A. Narechania, R. Baker, L. Sorkin, G. Amato, C. Mason, M. Siddall, and R. DeSalle. The Mitogenome of the Bed Bug Cimex Lectularius (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). Vol. 1, Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources, 2016, pp. 425-7.
  • Robison , G., O. Balvin, C. Schal, E. Vargo, and W. Booth. Extensive Mitochondrial Heteroplasmy in Natural Populations of a Resurging Human Pest, the Bed Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). Journal of Medical Entomology, 2015, p. tjv055.
  • Booth , W., O. Balvín, E. Vargo, J. Vilímová, and C. Schal. Host Association Drives Genetic Divergence in the Bed Bug, Cimex Lectularius. Vol. 24, Molecular ecology, 2015, pp. 980–992.
  • Hoss , S., D. Deutschman, W. Booth, and R. Clark. Post-Birth Separation Affects the Affiliative Behaviour of Kin in a Pitviper With Maternal Attendance. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2015.
  • Brown , C., C. Page, G. Robison, V. O’Brien, and W. Booth. Predation by Ants Controls Swallow Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae: Oeciacus Vicarius) Infestations. Vol. 40, Journal of Vector Ecology, 2015.
  • Vargo , E., J. Crissman, W. Booth, R. Santangelo, D. Mukha, and C. Schal. Hierarchical Genetic Analysis of German Cockroach (Blattella Germanica) Populations from Within Buildings to across Continents. 2014.
  • Terrapon , N., C. Li, H. Robertson, L. Ji, X. Meng, W. Booth, Z. Chen, C. Childers, K. Glastad, and K. Gokhale. Molecular Traces of Alternative Social Organization in a Termite Genome. Vol. 5, Nature communications, 2014.
  • Booth , W., G. Schuett, A. Ridgway, D. Buxton, T. Castoe, G. Bastone, C. Bennett, and W. McMahan. New Insights on Facultative Parthenogenesis in Pythons. Vol. 112, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2014, pp. 461–468.
  • Husseneder , C., S. Garner, Q. Huang, W. Booth, and E. Vargo. Characterization of Microsatellites for Population Genetic Analyses of the Fungus-Growing Termite Odontotermes Formosanus (Isoptera: Termitidae). Vol. 42, Environmental entomology, 2013, pp. 1092–1099.
  • Jacobson , A., J. Johnston, D. Rotenberg, A. Whitfield, W. Booth, E. Vargo, and G. Kennedy. Genome Size and Ploidy of Thysanoptera. Vol. 22, Insect molecular biology, 2013, pp. 12–17.
  • Jacobson , A., W. Booth, E. Vargo, and G. Kennedy. Thrips Tabaci Population Genetic Structure and Polyploidy in Relation to Competency As a Vector of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus. 2013.
  • Booth , W., C. Smith, P. Eskridge, S. Hoss, J. Mendelson, and G. Schuett. Facultative Parthenogenesis Discovered in Wild Vertebrates. Biology letters, 2012, p. rsbl20120666.
  • Saenz , V., W. Booth, C. Schal, and E. Vargo. Genetic Analysis of Bed Bug Populations Reveals Small Propagule Size Within Individual Infestations But High Genetic Diversity across Infestations from the Eastern United States. Vol. 49, Journal of medical entomology, 2012, pp. 865–875.
  • Vázquez-Domínguez , E., M. Suárez-Atilano, W. Booth, C. González-Baca, and A. Cuarón. Genetic Evidence of a Recent Successful Colonization of Introduced Species on Islands: Boa Constrictor Imperator on Cozumel Island. Vol. 14, Biological Invasions, 2012, pp. 2101–2116.
  • Booth , W., V. Saenz, R. Santangelo, C. Wang, C. Schal, and E. Vargo. Molecular Markers Reveal Infestation Dynamics of the Bed Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) Within Apartment Buildings. Vol. 49, Journal of medical entomology, 2012, pp. 535–546.
  • Singham , G., E. Vargo, W. Booth, A. Othman, and C.-Y. Lee. Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci from an Indigenous Asian Fungus-Growing Termite, Macrotermes Gilvus (Blattodea: Termitidae) and Cross Amplification in Related Taxa. Vol. 41, Environmental entomology, 2012, pp. 426–431.
  • Booth , W., C. Brent, D. Calleri, R. Rosengaus, J. Traniello, and E. Vargo. Population Genetic Structure and Colony Breeding System in Dampwood Termites (Zootermopsis Angusticollis and Z. Nevadensis Nuttingi). Vol. 59, Insectes sociaux, 2012, pp. 127–137.
  • Reynolds , R., W. Booth, G. Schuett, B. Fitzpatrick, and G. Burghardt. Successive Virgin Births of Viable Male Progeny in the Checkered Gartersnake, Thamnophis Marcianus. Vol. 107, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2012, pp. 566–572.
  • Parks , W., W. Booth, and C. Cowger. Characterization of Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci for Blumeria Graminis F. Sp. Tritici, Cause of Powdery Mildew of Wheat. Vol. 11, Molecular Ecology, 2011, pp. 586–589.
  • Booth , W., L. Million, R. Reynolds, G. Burghardt, E. Vargo, C. Schal, A. Tzika, and G. Schuett. Consecutive Virgin Births in the New World Boid Snake, the Colombian Rainbow Boa, Epicrates Maurus. Vol. 102, Journal of Heredity, 2011, pp. 759–763.
  • Booth , W., D. Johnson, S. Moore, C. Schal, and E. Vargo. Evidence for Viable, Non-Clonal But Fatherless Boa Constrictors. Vol. 7, Biology letters, 2011, pp. 253–256.
  • Booth , W., and G. Schuett. Molecular Genetic Evidence for Alternative Reproductive Strategies in North American Pitvipers (Serpentes: Viperidae): Long-Term Sperm Storage and Facultative Parthenogenesis. Vol. 104, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2011, pp. 934–942.
  • Copeland , R., A. Kirk-Spriggs, S. Muteti, W. Booth, and B. Wiegmann. Rediscovery of The” Terrible Hairy fly”, Mormotomyia Hirsuta Austen (Diptera: Mormotomyiidae), in Eastern Kenya, With Notes on Biology, Natural History, and Genetic Variation of the Ukasi Hill Population. Vol. 52, African Invertebrates, 2011, pp. 1–28.
  • Menke , S., W. Booth, R. Dunn, C. Schal, E. Vargo, and J. Silverman. Is It Easy to Be Urban? Convergent Success in Urban Habitats Among Lineages of a Widespread Native Ant. Vol. 5, PLoS One, 2010, pp. e9194–e9194.
  • Booth , W., R. Santangelo, E. Vargo, D. Mukha, and C. Schal. Population Genetic Structure in German Cockroaches (Blattella germanica): Differentiated Islands in an Agricultural Landscape. Journal of Heredity, 2010, p. esq108.
  • Crissman , J., W. Booth, R. Santangelo, D. Mukha, E. Vargo, and C. Schal. Population Genetic Structure of the German Cockroach (Blattodea: Blattellidae) in Apartment Buildings. Vol. 47, Journal of medical entomology, 2010, pp. 553–564.
  • Booth , W., E. Youngsteadt, C. Schal, and E. Vargo. Characterization of 8 Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci in the Neotropical Ant-Garden Ant, Camponotus Femoratus (Fabricius). Vol. 10, Conservation genetics, 2009, pp. 1401–1403.
  • Booth , W., E. Youngsteadt, C. Schal, and E. Vargo. Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci for the Ant-Garden Ant, Crematogaster Levior (Forel). Vol. 10, Conservation genetics, 2009, pp. 639–641.
  • Booth , W., W. Montgomery, and P. Prodöhl. Spatial Genetic Structuring in a Vagile Species, the European Wood Mouse. Vol. 279, Journal of Zoology, 2009, pp. 219–228.
  • Pfannenstiel , R., W. Booth, E. Vargo, and C. Schal. Blattella Asahinai (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae): A New Predator of Lepidopteran Eggs in South Texas Soybean. Vol. 101, Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 2008, pp. 763–768.
  • Booth , W., V. Lewis, R. Taylor, C. Schal, and E. Vargo. Identification and Characterization of 15 Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci in the Western Drywood Termite, Incisitermes Minor (Hagen). Vol. 8, Molecular ecology resources, 2008, pp. 1102–1104.
  • Booth , W., S. Bogdanowicz, P. Prodöhl, R. Harrison, C. Schal, and E. Vargo. Identification and Characterization of 10 Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci in the German Cockroach, Blattella Germanica. Vol. 7, Molecular Ecology Notes, 2007, pp. 648–650.
  • Booth , W. Polyandry by Wood Mice in Natural Populations. Vol. 273, Journal of Zoology, 2007, pp. 176–182.
  • Keane , K., W. Booth, S. Hannebaum, and P. Hill. Habitat Modeling and Population Genetics of a Species of Conservation Concern, the Prairie Mole Cricket, Gryllotalpa Major, in a Fragmented Landscape. Conservation Genetics.
  • Keane , K., W. Booth, D. Howard, T. Golden, and P. Hill. Sex Ratios and Relatedness: An Alternative Model for Kin Selection on Leks?. Behavioral Ecology.

Book Chapters

  • Taylor, E. N. & Booth, W. Rattlesnakes as Models for Reproductive Studies of Vertebrates. In Rattlesnakes of Arizona (Eds. G.W. Schuett., R. S. Reiserer, & C.F. Smith). Ecouniverse Herpetological Publishing. Rodeo, NM

  • Booth, W., Schal, C. & Vargo, E.L. Population genetics of bed bugs. In Advances in the Biology and Management of Modern Bed Bugs (Eds. S.L. Doggett., D.M. Miller. & C.Y, Lee). John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey, U.S.A.


  • Hannebaum, S.L1., Brown, C.R. & Booth, W. Ecological and phenotypic effects on the habitat transitions of white-footed mice, Peromyscus leucopus. Journal of Mammalogy.


Courses Taught

  • Independent Research
  • Independent Study
  • Selected Topics in Biological Science
  • Dissertation Research
  • Human Physiology
  • Research Experience
  • Vertebrate Physiology
  • Vertebrate Physiology Lab
  • Selected Topics in Vertebrate Zoology

Professional Affiliations

  • Entomological Society of America
  • American Genetics Association
  • Society for the Study Evolution
  • American society of ichthyologists and herpetologists
  • Society for the Study of Reptiles and Amphibians