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; The Garden Jungle. Youtube:

RT @DunhurstODW: This is why it’s a good idea to have a nice pile of rotting wood in your garden . . . .…

Fascinating to see nature in action in this time-series from the Knepp rewilding project.…

RT @coileyparjley: Doesn't look appealing does it ? but this is a peat core taken from a 6m deep peat bog in Carmarthenshire. Imagine……

@M__Rossi @scot_nature_boy @DevonWildlife @WildlifeTrusts @PAN_UK @Buzz_dont_tweet I've never met anyone who has se……

@QuibusLicet @Jeroen_vdSluijs I understand your frustration, but don't blame scientists for journal paywalls, we all find them annoying!

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