Selected Publications


Adamo Lab

Invertebrate Behavioural Physiology


McMillan LE, Miller DW and Adamo SA. (2018) Eating when ill is risky: Immune defense imparis food detoxification in the caterpillar Manduca sexta.  Journal of Experimental Biology.  221: jeb17336.

Adamo SA. (2018)  Sentience, the final frontier.... Animal Sentience. 16: 4

Miyashita A and Adamo SA (in press)  Stayin' alive:  Endocrinological stress responses in insects.  In: Invertebrate Endocrinology.  Apple Academic Press.  


Adamo SA, Easy R, Kovalko I, MacDonald J, McKeen A, Swanburg T, Turnbull KF, and Reeve C. (2017) Predator stress-induced immunosuppression: trade-off, immune redistribution or immune reconfiguration? Journal of Experimental Biology. 220: 868-875. doi: 10.1242/jeb.153320

Adamo SA and McKee R (2017) Differential effects of predator cues versus activation of fight-or-flight behaviour on reproduction in the cricket Gryllus texensis.  Animal Behaviour.  134: 1-8.

Adamo SA. (2017) The stress response and immune system share, borrow, and reconfigure their physiological network elements: evidence from the insects.  Hormones and Behavior. 88: 25-30. doi:10.1016/j.yhbeh.2016.10.003

Adamo SA (2017) Stress responses sculpt the insect immune system, allowing for better defense in an ever- changing world.  Developmental and Comparative Immunology. 66: 24-32.


Adamo SA, Kovalko I, Turnbull K, Easy RH, Miles CI. (2016) The parasitic wasp Cotesia congregata uses multiple mechanisms to control host (Manduca sexta) behaviour.  Journal of Experimental Biology. 219: 3750-3758. doi: 10.1242/jeb.145300

Sullivan K, Fairn E, and Adamo SA (2016) Sickness behaviour in the cricket Gryllus texensis: Comparison with animals across phyla.  Behavioural Processes. 128: 134-143.  doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2016.05.004.

Adamo SA. (2016) Do insects feel pain? A question at the intersection of animal behaviour, philosophy and robotics.  Animal Behaviour. 118: 75-79.

Adamo SA, Davies G, Easy R, Kovalko I, Turnbull K (2016) Reconfiguration of the immune system network during food shortages in the caterpillar Manduca sexta. Journal of Experimental Biology. 219:706-718.  doi:10.1242/jeb.132936

Adamo SA (2016) Review of “This Is Your Brain on Parasites” by K. McAuliffe (2016), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Science. 363 (6295): 128. doi: 10.1126/science.aaf9539.

Adamo SA (2016) Consciousness Explained – or Consciousness Redefined?  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS), 113 (27):

Adamo SA (2016) Subjective experience in insects:  Definitions and other difficulties.  Animal Sentience. 2016.127.

Adamo SA (2016) Hypercompetition for academic positions promotes attrition of women in biology: Evidence from Canada. Animal Behavior Society Newsletter. 61 (1): Essay and Discussion Section. (


Adamo SA, Gomez-Juliano A, LeDue E, Little SN, Sullivan K. (2015) Effects of immune challenge on aggressive behaviour:  how to fight two battles at once.  Animal Behaviour. 105:153-161. Feature article (July issue).


Stahlschmidt ZR, Acker M, Kovalko I and Adamo SA (2015) The double-edged sword of immune defense and damage control: do food availability and immune challenge alter the balance?  Functional Ecology. 29 (11): 1445-1452. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12454



Sneddon LU, Elwood RW, Adamo SA, and Leach MC (2014) Defining and assessing animal pain.  Animal Behaviour. 97: 201-212.

Adamo SA. (2014) Parasitic aphrodisiacs:  Manipulation of the hosts’ behavioral defenses by sexually transmitted parasites.  Integrative and Comparative Biology. 54: 159-165.

Stahlschmidt ZR and Adamo SA (2014) Food-limited mothers favor offspring quality over offspring number: a principal components approach.  Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12287

Adamo SA, Kovalko I, Easy RH and Stotz D.  (2014) A viral aphrodisiac in the cricket Gryllus texensisJournal of Experimental Biology. 217: 1970-1976.

Adamo SA.  (2014) Stress hormone effects on immune function: adaptation or pathology? Integrative and Comparative Biology. doi: 10.1093/icb/icu005.

Stahlschmidt Z, O'Leary M and Adamo SA (2014) Food limitation leads to risky decision-making and to trade-offs with oviposition.  Behavioral Ecology. 25(1): 1-5.


Adamo SA, Kovalko I, Mosher B  (2013) The behavioural effects of predator-induced stress responses in the cricket (Gryllus texensis):  the upside of the stress response. Journal of Experimental Biology. 216: 4608-4614.

Stahlschmidt ZR and Adamo SA (2013) Warm and cozy: Temperature and predation risk interactively affect oviposition-site selection.  Animal Behaviour. 86: 553-558.

Stahlschmidt ZR and Adamo SA  (2013) Context dependency and generality of fever in insects.  Naturwissenschaften. 100: 691-696.

Stahlschmidt ZR, Rollinson N, Acker M and Adamo SA. (2013). Are all eggs created equal? Food availability and the fitness tradeoff between reproduction and immunity. Functional Ecology. 27 (3): 800-806. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12071

Adamo SA (2013) Parasites: Evolution’s neurobiologists. Journal of Experimental Biology.  216: 3-10.

Adamo SA (2013) Attrition of women in the biological sciences:  Workload, motherhood and other explanations revisited.  Biosciences. 63: 43-48.


Adamo SA, Baker JL, Lovett MEL, Wilson G (2012) Climate change and temperate zone insects:  the tyranny of thermodynamics meets the world of limited resources.  Environmental Entomology. 41: 1644-1652.

Adamo SA (2012) The effects of the stress response on immune function in invertebrates: An evolutionary perspective on an ancient connection. Hormones and Behavior. 62: 324-330

Huang J, Wu SF, Li XH, Adamo SA, Ye GY (2012) The insect stress neurohormone octopamine can both enhance and suppress cellular immune responses via a concentration-sensitive alpha-adrenergic-like receptor.   Brain, Behavior and Immunity. 26:942-950.

Adamo SA (2012) The strings of the puppet master: How parasites change host behaviour.  In:  Host Manipulation by Parasites.  Ed. by D. Hughes and F. Thomas.  Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 36-51.

Adamo SA (2012) Comparative Psychoneuroimmunology/Ecoimmunology:  Lessons from simpler model systems. In: The Oxford Handbook of Psychoneuroimmunology.   Ed. by S. Segerstrom.  Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 277-290.

Adamo SA (2012) The importance of physiology for ecoimmunology: Lessons from the insects. In: Ecoimmunology.   Ed. By G.E. Demas and R.J. Nelson.  Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 413-439.