Dr. Warren Booth

Warren Booth obtained his B.Sc. in Genetics from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2000, followed by a Ph.D. in Population Genetics and Evolutionary Biology from the same institution in 2005. He then relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2006 to assume a Research Associate position in the Department of Entomology at the North Carolina State University. There, his work focused on the population genetic structure of invasive insect pests. While there, he established research focused on the use of molecular markers to understand the evolution of reproductive life-histories. This includes the evolution of alternate reproductive strategies in reptiles (primarily parthenogenesis and long-term sperm storage), their distribution within the phylogeny of snakes, understanding reproductive success and parentage within natural populations, and also the evolution and importance of alternate reproductive strategies in vertebrate and invertebrate populations. To date, his research has spanned a broad evolutionary hierarchy ranging from the resolution of phylogenetic relationships within taxa, the determination of patterns of phylogeographic and population genetic structure within species, the elucidation of breeding systems, and the determination of genetic relatedness among individuals within populations. This is achieved through the development (using next generation systems) and application of molecular tools/techniques, particularly microsatellite DNA profiling, in addition to RFLP and sequencing of both mtDNA and nuclear genes. As of August 2012, he will relocate to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Molecular Ecology at the University of Tulsa.

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