Goulson Lab


Some current projects:

1) An integrated model for predicting bumblebee population success and pollination services in agro-ecosystems. This joint project with Dr Juliet Osborne at Exeter University is using genetic and ecological studies to parameterise spatially-explicit models which will predict the growth and success of bumblebee nests in agro-environments. Funded by BBSRC, PDRA Ellen Rotheray.

2) Quantifying exposure of bumblebees to neonicotinoids and mixtures of agrochemicals. Here we are quantifying the levels of neonicotiods in crops and wildflowers, quantifying exposure of bumblebee nests in both arable and urban landscapes, and examining the effects of exposure on colony performance. Funded by Defra, PDRA Cristina Botias.

3) A systems approach to understanding the impacts of sublethal doses of neonicotinoids on bumblebee and honeybees. This project is joint with Exeter University and Rothamsted research. We are using a range of novel tecniques, including harmonic radar, to examine the sublethal impacts of neonicotinoids on bumblebee foraging and colony performance. These studies will be used to modify the models being developed in project (1), above, to include pesticide exposure. Funded by BBSRC, PDRA TBA

4) Quantifying the benefits of agri-environment schemes for bumblebees. NERC CASE studentship with Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust; student Tom Wood. Tom is trying to evaluate exactly how many extra bumblebee nests can be supported per hectare of additional pollen and nectra mix, or wildflower strip, included on a farm.

5) Does pollination limit crop production in urban areas. PhD student; Linda Birkin. Few studies have assessed pollination services for fruit and veg crops grown in gardens and allotments, and Linda aims to discover whether there are currently sufficient pollinators in such areas. If not, she will investigate how best to boost their numbers.

6) Using citizen science to monitor bumblebee populations.  PhD student; Leanne casey. Leanne is trying to harness the power of citizen science to provide much needed data on population trajectories of bumblebees, and is also trying to assess how best to train volunteers.




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