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

@HarkerAndrew cars are rather more useful to more people than osr.

@celiahart @jauchincloss @BBCBreakfast @AlysFowler I think just a good yr for them - no arable near my garden but lots of pollen beetles...?

@HarkerAndrew @GenEngNetwork the many papers desribe umpteen ways neonics damage the env, they aren't all agronomic trials obviously

RT @JosephKay76: "How much of pesticide use is based on evidence, and how much on marketing hype/ sales pressure?" - @DaveGoulson

@HarkerAndrew @Mike__Abram @GMWatch @GenEngNetwork @libraryseedbank Only more than a thousand or so peer reviewed papers- not enough!?

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