Dave Goulson (born 1965) FRSE FRES is a British biologist, conservationist, and Professor of Biology (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment) at the University of Sussex. Goulson specialises in the ecology and conservation of bumblebees.
Early life and education
Goulson's upbringing was in rural Shropshire. He studied Biology at the University of Oxford, and then completed a PhD in butterfly ecology at Oxford Brookes University under the supervision of Denis Owen.
Goulson has stated that when he was born in 1965, the British short-haired bumblebee was quite widespread, but he never saw one before they became extinct in the UK, and he described a causal link between World War II and the decline of the bee, due in part to habitat loss and changes in agricultural practices made necessary to increase wartime food production.
Goulson started his academic career at Southampton University as a lecturer in Biology in 1995, where he began serious study into the life of bumblebees. In 2006, he transferred to the University of Stirling, as Professor of Biological Sciences. In 2010, Goulson was awarded the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council BBSRC Social Innovator of the Year.
In 2013, Goulson moved to the University of Sussex, as Professor of Biology (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment). According to The Spectator, Goulson is a "respected bee expert". In 2015 he was listed at No. 8 in BBC Wildlife magazine's list of the top 50 "Conservation Heroes"
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
In 2006, Goulson founded the charity the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Goulson was well aware that too much scientific research was only read by fellow scientists and that there was a need to engage the wider public, "You can publish experiments in high quality journals again and again but they are only read by a few dozen scientists who work in your field. It achieves little or nothing in the real world".
- 2010. Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council's Social Innovator of the Year Award.
- 2013. Zoological Society of London's Marsh Award for Conservation Biology.
- 2014. British Ecological Society's Public Engagement Award.
In addition to over 230 academic papers, Goulson has published:
- Bumblebees: Their Behaviour and Ecology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2003. ISBN 0198526075 (2nd edition 2010)
- Gardening for Bumblebees. Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Stirling, c. 2009. OCLC 320492385
- A Sting in the Tale. Jonathan Cape, London, 2013. ISBN 0224096893 (Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2013.)
- A Buzz in the Meadow. Jonathan Cape, London, 2014. ISBN 0224101749
- Bee Quest. Jonathan Cape, London, 2017. ISBN 1911214136
- The Garden Jungle. Jonathan Cape, London, 2019. ISBN 9781787331358
- Barkham, Patrick. "A Sting in the Tale by Dave Goulson – review". The Guardian (18 May 2013). Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "A Stinging Tale". The Lady. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Prof. Dave Goulson University of Sussex, 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "Dave Goulson". convilleandwalsh.com. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "Innovation and innovators part two – David Goulson". BBSRC. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Mason, Mark. "A Sting in the Tale, by Dave Goulson – review". The Spectator (25 May 2013). Retrieved 26 June 2014.