Dave Goulson is an entomologist who has made an outstanding contribution to both our understanding of bumblebee ecology and to their conservation. He has been at the very forefront of the scientific, political, educational and practical efforts to conserve bumblebees, both in the UK and worldwide. Dave was the Founder, and still is the Director, of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, through which he has engaged members of the public in ‘citizen science’ projects, which involve recording bumblebee distributions and population changes. He has spear-headed practical conservation measures such as active habitat management and has lobbied for changes to UK Government and EU policies, so as to support bumblebee, and other pollinator, populations.
Dave has undertaken first-rate scientific research into the population genetics and demography of bumblebees and other insects, and has used bumblebees as indicator species to evaluate the impact of alien introductions. Most recently, he has demonstrated significant adverse impacts of trace levels of neonicotinoid pesticides on bumblebee populations, using lab and field-scale experiments to demonstrate the effect of these pesticides on changes in colony growth rates and queen production rates.