School of Life Sciences

Goulson Lab

Bombus pascuorum Leaf cutter bee, Megachile willurgbiella male Nick Owens Book cover - A sting in the Tale, Dave Goulson

Welcome to the Goulson Lab

Bumblebee Ecology and Conservation

I study the ecology, behaviour and conservation of bumblebees. I'm also interested in pollinators and pollination more generally, and particularly in the sustainable management of pollinators in agro-ecosystems. My group uses a broad range of approaches, from genetic studies (of inbreeding, population structure, and as a means of estimating nest density) to behavioural assays to large-scale field trials. In recent years we have become heavily involved in studies of the impacts of pesticides on bumblebees. We are also involved in various “Citizen Science” projects as a mechanism to involve large numbers of people in conservation and in science more generally, and also as a means for gathering large data sets. In 2003 I bought a farm in France on which to carry out large-scale habitat manipulation experiments.

My popular science book about bumblebees, A Sting in the Tale, has proved to be a great way to build popular interest in bees and their conservation. The sequel, A Buzz in the Meadow, was released in 2014 to lovely reviews - it describes my attempts to create a wildlife sanctuary in a corner of France.

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Contact

 

Professor David Goulson

 

School of Life Sciences
University of Sussex
Falmer
Brighton BN1 9QG

D.Goulson@sussex.ac.uk
(01273) 678843

Twitter

Professor of #Biology, specializing in #bumblebees. Author of: A Sting in the Tale; A Buzz in the Meadow; Bee Quest. Youtube: https://t.co/fEGSoXoj0f

RT @Dasypoda77: Nectar-robbing on broad beans by Bombus lucorum/terrestris and ''proper'' pollination by B. hortorum/ruderatus… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

RT @StevenFalk1: @Blooms_For_Bees @BumblebeeTrust @The_RHS @CoventryCAWR @RichardComont @HLFWestMids @CovUniResearch @B_Strawbridgetwitter.com/i/web/status/8…

@Wcoles89 @DrIanBedford I'd agree that in the grand scheme road casualties prob a minor factor

@Wcoles89 @DrIanBedford Recent study from Canada suggests billion of insects killed by cars, but likely to be one o… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

The no. of front gardens totally paved over has tripled from 1.5 mil to 4.59 mil btwn 2005 & 2015 according to RHS. bit.ly/2sDW77N

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