Assistant Professor

Post-doctoral research (Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze, Prague, Czechia)

Post-doctoral research (University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA)

PhD (Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada)

BSc (University of Western Ontario, London, Canada)




Research Interests:

I use lab and field experiments to describe how the environment and physiology influence insect thermal stress tolerance, behaviour, and reproduction.

Selected Publications:

Awde, D.N., Řeřicha, M., and Knapp, M. (2023) Developmental temperature has reversible effects on thermal performance and irreversible effects on immune system and fecundity in adult ladybirds. Communications Biology (in press)

Awde, D.N., Skandalis, A., and Richards, M.H. (2021) Foraging gene expression patterns in queens, workers, and males of a eusocial insect. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 100, 1-9, doi: 

Corbin, L.A.-J., Awde, D.N., and Richards, M.H. (2021) Phenological and social characterization of three Lasioglossum (Dialictus) species inferred from long-term trapping collections. Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 88, 17-38, doi:

Awde, D.N., Skandalis, A., and Richards, M.H. (2020) Vitellogenin expression corresponds with reproductive status and caste in a primitively eusocial bee. Journal of Insect Physiology, 127, 103113, doi:

Lecheta, M.C., Awde, D.N., O’leary, T., Unfried, L.N., Jacobs, N.A., Whitlock, M.H., Mccabe, E., Powers, B., Bora, K., Waters, J.S., Axen, H.J., Frietze, S., Lockwood, B.L., Teets, N.M., Helms-Cahan, S. (2020) Integrating GWAS and transcriptomics to identify the molecular underpinnings of thermal stress responses in Drosophila melanogaster. Frontiers in Genetics 11, 658, doi:10.3389/fgene.2020.00658

Awde, D.N., Fowler, T.E.§, Pérez-Gálvez, F., Garcia, M.J., and Teets, N.M. (2020) High throughput assays of critical thermal limits in insects. Journal of Visualized Experiments 160, e61186, doi:10.3791/61186

Awde, D.N. and Richards, M.H. (2018) Investigating queen influence on worker behaviour using comparisons of queenless and queenright workers. Insectes Sociaux 65 (3), 367-379, doi: