Dr. Warren Booth
Education and Degrees Earned
- Ph.D. Population and Evolutionary Genetics, Queen’s University, Belfast, U.K. 2005
- B.Sc. Genetics, Queen’s University, Belfast, U.K. 2000
Areas of Academic Specialty
- Molecular ecology
- Population genetics
- Ecology, behavior, and evolution of reptiles, amphibians, mammals and invertebrates.
Areas of Research Focus
I am an integrative molecular ecologist, broadly interested in the evolutionary forces driving population differentiation and dynamics within mosaic landscapes. In particular, I am interested in the effects of ecological barriers in the absence of physical barriers, and their subsequent effect on population genetic structure within both vertebrate and invertebrate systems. I am interested in the impact factors relating to global change (i.e. habitat fragmentation, land use change, range shifts due to climatic change, human-mediated movement of invasive species) have on the distribution, genetic diversity, and genetic differentiation of native and introduced vertebrate and invertebrate species.
I am also interested in 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 polyandry in vertebrate and invertebrate populations.
My research to date 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. My research involves 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.
Previous Relevant Work Experience
- Research Associate – North Carolina State University, NC - 2010-2012
- Postdoctoral Research Associate - North Carolina State University, NC - 2006 - 2010