After a childhood chasing butterflies and collecting bird’s eggs, I studied Biology at Oxford University, and then did a PhD on butterfly ecology at Oxford Brookes University. Shortly afterwards I got a lectureship at University of Southampton, where I stayed for 11 years. It was there that I began to specialize in bumblebee ecology and conservation. In 2006 I became Professor of Biology and Stirling University. In 2006 I also founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, a charity devoted to reversing bumblebee declines. In 2013 I moved to Sussex University.
I have published over 200 scientific articles on the ecology of bees and other insects, and am author of Bumblebees: Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation (2010, Oxford University Press) and A Sting in the Tale (2013, Jonathan Cape), a popular science book about bumblebees. A Buzz in the Meadow (Jonathon Cape) is due to be published in September 2014.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2010 I was BBSRC “Social Innovator of the Year” and in 2013 I won the Marsh Award for Conservation Biology from the Zoological Society of London.
Author website: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/lifesci/goulsonlab/
Books in order of publication:
Bumblebees: Behaviour, Ecology, and Conservation – 2003
A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees – 2013
A Buzz in the Meadow: The Natural History of a French Farm – 2014
Bee Quest – 2017
The Garden Jungle: or Gardening to Save the Planet – 2019
Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse – 2021
Gardening for Bumblebees: A Practical Guide to Creating a Paradise for Pollinators – 2021