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, is on its way.... 

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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

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

RT @Extinction_OPS: Puerto Rico's only native #toad bounces back from edge of extinction bit.ly/1DRSRIz @mongabay pic.twitter.com/AkZRTWmQ8D

RT @EntsocAmerica: New Wood-eating Cockroach Species Found in China: entomologytoday.org/2014/12/19/new… pic.twitter.com/yEwexMtmDk

@Derek_Potter @_zoe_holden_ @J__me Actually the evidence suggests an evolutionary advantage from barbed sting - workers are expendable

@_zoe_holden_ Honeybees are, of course, suicidal psychopaths. Bumblebees are much more civilized :)

RT @_zoe_holden_: I love bees but I don't get them. A 2nd time through @DaveGoulson a sting in the tale over xmas might get me there! pic.twitter.com/sbzrUVL6eE

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