Undergraduate Staff

Dr. Rena Boothe

Lecturer and Course Manager

Dr Rena Boothe is an expert in ecology, zoology and entomology with experience both domestically and internationally. 

Rena has a PhD in Ecology from the University of Kent, an MPhil in Zoology and a BSc (Hons) General from The University of the West Indies, a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching (HE) from Canterbury Christchurch University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) from The University of the Bahamas. Rena has conducted ecological fieldwork in Jamaica, The Bahamas and the UK. With many years of teaching experience behind her, Rena has held various zoologist and teaching positions in Jamaica and the Bahamas, as well as more recently a teaching and research fellowship at Canterbury Christchurch University.

Joining Hadlow College a few years ago, Rena now teaches across the range of animal degrees and specialises in data management, biological control (entomology, animal behaviour and ecology), research design and breeding management and genetics. She is a current member of the Royal Entomological Society of London and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She is currently module leader for Data Management, Animal Health & Disease Management, Industry Experience & Skills Development, Breeding Management & Genetics and Current Issues.

Subject Specialisms:

  • Biological Control (insects)
  • Entomology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Ecology

Selected Publications & Research

  • Boothe R. A, Ponsonby DJ, Preziosi RF, Copland MJW. (2008). Tritrophic effects on survival and development in a coccidophagus coccinellid. Communications in Applied Biological Sciences, 73, 383-393.
  • Boothe, R. (2007) Examining possible links between student perceptions, expectations and their final grades in Towards Excellent Science Teaching in University Based Education. Proceedings of The Science Learning and Teaching Conference 19 – 20, June 2007 at Keele University England. Eds. Chin, P; Clark, K; Doyle, S; Goodhew, P; Madden, T; Meskin, S; Overton, T. & Wilson, J. The HEA Subject Centres for Bioscience, Materials and Physical Sciences.
  • Boothe, R. (2007) Tritrophic Effects on Survival and Development: Development of laboratory reared   Chilocorus nigritus (F.) (Coleoptera:Coccinellidae), an Abstract  in Postgraduate Perspectives. Antenna Bulletin of the Royal Entomological Society 31, 116-117.
  • Boothe, R. A. & Ponsonby, D. J. (2006) Searching Behaviour in Chilocorus nigritus (F.) (Coleoptera:Coccinellidae)’ Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences  71, 253-261
  • Landry, C.L., Rathcke, B.J., Kass, L.B., Elliott, N.B. & Boothe, R. A. (2005)  Flower visitors to white mangrove: A comparison between three Bahamian Islands and Florida. In: Eds. Buckner, S. D. McGrath T.A. Proceedings of The Tenth Symposium on the Natural History of The Bahamas. Gerace Research Center Ltd., San Salvador, Bahamas. pp 83-93.