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 #bumblebees. Author of: A Sting in the Tale; A Buzz in the Meadow; Bee Quest. Youtube:

@organicplantsuk @B_Strawbridge Looks like to black form of hortorum or ruderatus, impossible to tell which from the photo.

@HammerThruDaisy @XRBrighton Would love to come, but I'll be on the Isle of Man giving a talk about insect declines and how to halt them...

@nozzy This is buzz pollination - she is vibrating her flight muscles to shake pollen off the anthers :)

@MrsEmma @madebyjenni @BumblebeeTrust Yes, very likely to be a male vestalis, I cannot be 100% sure.

RT @JRLambPhotogra1: The scalping of this graveyard, and others nationally is: “out of respect...with visitors wanting the ability to p……

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