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.

  • BenoitJ., AdelmanZ., ReinhardtK., DolanA., PoelchauM., JenningsE., SzuterE., HaganR., GujarH., ShuklaJ., ZhuF., MohanM., NelsonD., RosendaleA., DerstC., ResnikV., WernigS., MenegazziP., WegenerC., PeschelN., HendershotJ., BlenauW., PredelR., JohnstonP., IoannidisP., WaterhouseR., NauenR., SchornC., OttM., MaiwaldF., JohnstonJ., GondhalekarA., ScharfM., PetersonB., RajeK., HottelB., ArmisénD., CrumièreA., RefkiP., SantosM., SghaierE., VialaS., KhilaA., AhnS., ChildersC., LeeC., LinH., HughesD., DuncanE., MuraliS., QuJ., DuganS., LeeS., ChaoH., DinhH., HanY., DoddapaneniH., WorleyK., MuznyD., WheelerD., PanfilioK., Vargas JentzschI., VargoE., BoothW., FriedrichM., WeirauchM., AndersonM., JonesJ., MittapalliO., ZhaoC., ZhouJ., EvansJ., AttardoG., RobertsonH., ZdobnovE., RibeiroJ., GibbsR., WerrenJ., PalliS., SchalC., and RichardsS. Unique Features of a Global Human Ectoparasite Identified through Sequencing of the Bed Bug Genome. Vol. 7, Nature Communications, 2016.
  • KolokotronisS., FooxJ., RosenfeldJ., BruglerM., ReevesD., BenoitJ., BoothW., RobisonG., SteffenM., SakasZ., PalliS., SchalC., RichardsS., NarechaniaA., BakerR., SorkinL., AmatoG., MasonC., SiddallM., and DeSalleR. The Mitogenome of the Bed Bug Cimex Lectularius (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). Vol. 1, Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources, 2016, pp. 425-7.
  • RobisonG., BalvinO., SchalC., VargoE., and BoothW. Extensive Mitochondrial Heteroplasmy in Natural Populations of a Resurging Human Pest, the Bed Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). Journal of Medical Entomology, 2015, p. tjv055.
  • BoothW., BalvínO., VargoE., VilímováJ., and SchalC. Host Association Drives Genetic Divergence in the Bed Bug, Cimex Lectularius. Vol. 24, Molecular ecology, 2015, pp. 980–992.
  • HossS., DeutschmanD., BoothW., and ClarkR. Post-Birth Separation Affects the Affiliative Behaviour of Kin in a Pitviper With Maternal Attendance. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2015.
  • BrownC., PageC., RobisonG., O’BrienV., and BoothW. Predation by Ants Controls Swallow Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae: Oeciacus Vicarius) Infestations. Vol. 40, Journal of Vector Ecology, 2015.
  • VargoE., CrissmanJ., BoothW., SantangeloR., MukhaD., and SchalC. Hierarchical Genetic Analysis of German Cockroach (Blattella Germanica) Populations from Within Buildings to across Continents. 2014.
  • TerraponN., LiC., RobertsonH., JiL., MengX., BoothW., ChenZ., ChildersC., GlastadK., and GokhaleK. Molecular Traces of Alternative Social Organization in a Termite Genome. Vol. 5, Nature communications, 2014.
  • BoothW., SchuettG., RidgwayA., BuxtonD., CastoeT., BastoneG., BennettC., and McMahanW. New Insights on Facultative Parthenogenesis in Pythons. Vol. 112, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2014, pp. 461–468.
  • HussenederC., GarnerS., HuangQ., BoothW., and VargoE. Characterization of Microsatellites for Population Genetic Analyses of the Fungus-Growing Termite Odontotermes Formosanus (Isoptera: Termitidae). Vol. 42, Environmental entomology, 2013, pp. 1092–1099.
  • JacobsonA., JohnstonJ., RotenbergD., WhitfieldA., BoothW., VargoE., and KennedyG. Genome Size and Ploidy of Thysanoptera. Vol. 22, Insect molecular biology, 2013, pp. 12–17.
  • JacobsonA., BoothW., VargoE., and KennedyG. Thrips Tabaci Population Genetic Structure and Polyploidy in Relation to Competency As a Vector of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus. 2013.
  • BoothW., SmithC., EskridgeP., HossS., MendelsonJ., and SchuettG. Facultative Parthenogenesis Discovered in Wild Vertebrates. Biology letters, 2012, p. rsbl20120666.
  • SaenzV., BoothW., SchalC., and VargoE. 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-DomínguezE., Suárez-AtilanoM., BoothW., González-BacaC., and CuarónA. 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.
  • BoothW., SaenzV., SantangeloR., WangC., SchalC., and VargoE. Molecular Markers Reveal Infestation Dynamics of the Bed Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) Within Apartment Buildings. Vol. 49, Journal of medical entomology, 2012, pp. 535–546.
  • SinghamG., VargoE., BoothW., OthmanA., and LeeC.-Y. 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.
  • BoothW., BrentC., CalleriD., RosengausR., TranielloJ., and VargoE. Population Genetic Structure and Colony Breeding System in Dampwood Termites (Zootermopsis Angusticollis and Z. Nevadensis Nuttingi). Vol. 59, Insectes sociaux, 2012, pp. 127–137.
  • ReynoldsR., BoothW., SchuettG., FitzpatrickB., and BurghardtG. 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.
  • ParksW., BoothW., and CowgerC. 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.
  • BoothW., MillionL., ReynoldsR., BurghardtG., VargoE., SchalC., TzikaA., and SchuettG. Consecutive Virgin Births in the New World Boid Snake, the Colombian Rainbow Boa, Epicrates Maurus. Vol. 102, Journal of Heredity, 2011, pp. 759–763.
  • BoothW., JohnsonD., MooreS., SchalC., and VargoE. Evidence for Viable, Non-Clonal But Fatherless Boa Constrictors. Vol. 7, Biology letters, 2011, pp. 253–256.
  • BoothW., and SchuettG. 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.
  • CopelandR., Kirk-SpriggsA., MutetiS., BoothW., and WiegmannB. 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.
  • MenkeS., BoothW., DunnR., SchalC., VargoE., and SilvermanJ. 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.
  • BoothW., SantangeloR., VargoE., MukhaD., and SchalC. Population Genetic Structure in German Cockroaches (Blattella germanica): Differentiated Islands in an Agricultural Landscape. Journal of Heredity, 2010, p. esq108.
  • CrissmanJ., BoothW., SantangeloR., MukhaD., VargoE., and SchalC. Population Genetic Structure of the German Cockroach (Blattodea: Blattellidae) in Apartment Buildings. Vol. 47, Journal of medical entomology, 2010, pp. 553–564.
  • BoothW., YoungsteadtE., SchalC., and VargoE. Characterization of 8 Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci in the Neotropical Ant-Garden Ant, Camponotus Femoratus (Fabricius). Vol. 10, Conservation genetics, 2009, pp. 1401–1403.
  • BoothW., YoungsteadtE., SchalC., and VargoE. Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci for the Ant-Garden Ant, Crematogaster Levior (Forel). Vol. 10, Conservation genetics, 2009, pp. 639–641.
  • BoothW., MontgomeryW., and ProdöhlP. Spatial Genetic Structuring in a Vagile Species, the European Wood Mouse. Vol. 279, Journal of Zoology, 2009, pp. 219–228.
  • PfannenstielR., BoothW., VargoE., and SchalC. 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.
  • BoothW., LewisV., TaylorR., SchalC., and VargoE. 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.
  • BoothW., BogdanowiczS., ProdöhlP., HarrisonR., SchalC., and VargoE. Identification and Characterization of 10 Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci in the German Cockroach, Blattella Germanica. Vol. 7, Molecular Ecology Notes, 2007, pp. 648–650.
  • BoothW. Polyandry by Wood Mice in Natural Populations. Vol. 273, Journal of Zoology, 2007, pp. 176–182.
  • KeaneK., BoothW., HannebaumS., and HillP. Habitat Modeling and Population Genetics of a Species of Conservation Concern, the Prairie Mole Cricket, Gryllotalpa Major, in a Fragmented Landscape. Conservation Genetics.
  • KeaneK., BoothW., HowardD., GoldenT., and HillP. 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

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

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