School of
Integrative Biology
Adam G Dolezal

349B Morrill Hall
Office: 217-300-6762

Mail: 320 Morrill Hall, 505 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801
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Curriculum Vita

Adam G Dolezal
Assistant Professor


PhD, 2012, Arizona State University
B.S., 2006, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Teaching Interests

Physiology (IB 202)
Genes and Behavior (IB 432)
Honey bee biology

How do environmental stressors interact to affect bee health?

Dolezal is a broadly trained insect physiologist with interest in how environmental stressors interact to affect bee health. Pollinators, particularly honey bees and wild bees, are a critical element of healthy ecosystems and key players in agriculture. Dolezal’s research interests revolve around studying how ecological stressors, like nutrition, landscape composition/ecology, viral pathogens, and sublethal pesticide exposure interact to affect these pollinators. Working mostly in Midwestern agroecosystems dominated by row crop agriculture, his lab uses of a variety of approaches, including landscape ecology, ethology, physiology, and genomics to study these interactions and better understand how field-relevant stressors contribute to bee declines.


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Representative Publications

Rutter, L., Carrillo-Tripp, J., Bonning, B.C., Cook, D., Toth, A.L., Dolezal, A.G.. 2019. Transcriptomic responses to diet quality and viral infection in Apis mellifera. BMC Genomics 20(1): 412.; 10.1186/s12864-019-5767-1

Dolezal, A. G., Carrillo-Tripp, J., Judd, T. M., Miller, W. A., Bonning, B. C., Toth, A. L. 2019 Interacting stressors matter: Diet quality and virus infection in honey bee health. Royal Society Open Science. 6: 181803;

Dolezal, A. G. and Toth, A. L.. 2018. Feedbacks between nutrition and disease in honey bee health. Curr Opin in Insect Science 26: 114-119.

Walton, A., Dolezal, A.G., Bakken, M., Toth, A. 2018. Hungry for the queen: honey bee nutritional environment affects worker pheromone response in a life-stage dependent manner. Functional Ecology 32(12): 2699-2706.

Dolezal, A. G., Hendrix, S. D., Scavo, N. A., Carrillo-Tripp, J., Harris, M. A., Wheelock, M. J., O’Neal, M. E., Toth, A. L. Honey bee viruses in wild bees: Viral prevalence, loads, and experimental inoculation. 2016. Plos One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166190

Dolezal, A. G., Carrillo-Tripp, J., Miller, W. A., Bonning, B.C., Toth, A.L. Intensively cultivated landscape and Varroa mite infestation are associated with reduced honey bee nutritional state. 2016 Plos One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0153531

Carrillo-Tripp, J., Dolezal, A. G., Goblirsch, M. J., Miller, W. A., Toth, A.L., Bonning, B.C., 2016. In vivo and in vitro infection dynamics of honey bee viruses. Scientific Reports. 6:22265, DOI: 10.1038/srep22265

Dolezal, A. G., Carrillo-Tripp, J., Miller, W. A., Bonning, B.C., Toth, A.L. 2016. Honey bees preferentially reject pollen contaminated with field-relevant levels of an insecticide., J. of Economic Entomology. 109(1):41-48.

Dolezal, A.G., Toth, A.L., 2014. Honey bee sociogenomics: a genome-scale perspective on bee social behavior and health. Apidologie 45, 375-395

Complete Publications List