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Lab Personnel

Principal Investigator
Dr. Warren Booth

Professional appointments:
Associate Professor: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
, U.S.A.
         Dec. 2023 -

Associate Professor: The University of Tulsa, U.S.A. Aug. 2017 - Dec. 2022
Assistant Professor: The University of Tulsa, U.S.A. 2012 - 2017
Post-Doctoral Associate: North Carolina State University, U.S.A. 2006-2012

Ph.D.: Population Genetics, The Queen's University of Belfast, UK. 2005

B.Sc.: (Genetics, with honors), The Queen's University of Belfast, UK. 2000


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Post-Doctoral Research Associates
Dr. Lindsay Miles

I look through the lens of population genetics and molecular evolution to understand how urbanization impacts organisms. I am co-founder of the urban evolution blog that summarizes urban evolutionary research for the public. I am also part of the Urban Eco-Evo Network, a group of collaborative scientists that are integrating our fields of research to understand the eco-evolutionary dynamics of urbanization. I am currently studying how urbanization and pesticide use can influence genomic evolution in bed bugs.


I received my Ph.D. in Integrative Life Science at Virginia Commonwealth University in Dr. Brian Verrelli's Lab, studying how urbanization influences molecular evolution in the Western black widow spider. I found that urbanization facilitates gene flow both within and between cities for black widow spiders. My first postdoc was in Dr. Marc Johnson's lab at University of Toronto Mississauga where I studied how urbanization influences the eco-evolutionary dynamics of milkweed specialist insects. 

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Dr. Anne Jones

Anne Jones is an insect chemical ecologist. She is a post-doc in the Booth Lab, quantifying spatial and temporal insecticide resistance of German cockroach populations from urban housing authorities. Anne’s previous research included studying the health and secondary metabolites of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid, discovering a novel effector of plant defenses in the oral secretions of Manduca sexta, and examining plant yield defense trade-offs in a model crop system.

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Graduate Students
@ Virginia Tech
Camille Block

I am a M.S of Entomology student in the Booth Lab, studying patterns of urban-induced evolution in two resurgent indoor pest insects, Cimex lectularius and Cimex hemipterus. I am fascinated by urban species and how they interact and evolve in response to their unique urban ecosystems. Through my research, I endeavor to utilize ecology and evolution to highlight struggles humans face in today’s world, such as institutionalized racism and poverty. 


I received a bachelor’s in Biology: Ecology/Evolution from Washington University in St. Louis, where I worked in Dr. Jonathan Losos’ Lab studying the correlations between feral pigeon plumage color and ectoparasite prevalence. I have also worked with the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance to study Echidnophaga gallinacea (sticktight fleas) in burrowing owl nest chambers. Additionally, I have assisted with research exploring how urbanization, systemic racism, and redlining affect Eastern Grey Squirrels. 

M.S. Project title: Patterns of urban-induced evolution in a resurgent indoor pest insect


@ The University of Tulsa
Laci Cartmell

Project title: Ecology and evolution of an avian ectoparasite, the swallow bug, Cimex vicarius

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We are currently recruiting graduate students. 
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