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.

Dave GoulsonDave Goulson



Professor David Goulson


School of Life Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QG
(01273) 678843


Professor of #Biology, specializing in the #ecology and #conservation of #bumblebees. Author of the bestselling A Sting in the Tale and A Buzz in the Meadow.

@different_sarah @BumblebeeTrust @Bumble_Watching common carder - yes. Lovely pics

@different_sarah @BumblebeeTrust @Bumble_Watching For the record, it is a garden bbee - v long tongue, fringe of yellow on back of thorax

RT @GenEngNetwork: Maryland Pollinator Protection Act Becomes Law-First US State to Restriction #Neonics @DaveGoulson @GMWatch…

@nicolaspernot @RSPBScience Don't think it was recorded. U R welcome to the ppt - send me a direct message

RT @TWBC_Museum: Many folk may scream 'Weeds!' but I quite like this pavement-side flora. About 32 species along little Albion Rd

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