Bees, Pesticides and Politics – Prof Dave Goulson seminar

The Department of Geography in collaboration with the Brighton and Sussex Universities Food Network (BSUFN) and the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP) are organising a weekly seminar series on “Food, Climate and Society”. This series will explore the multiple challenges that the global food system is facing: feeding more people healthy food while limiting environmental and social impacts.

This week Professor Dave Goulson (University of Sussex) will be giving the seminar, talking on ‘Bees, Pesticides, and Politics’. The seminar will be on Thursday the 25th of February 2016 and will be held in Arts C Global Studies Resource Centre (Sussex campus) from 12:30 to 14:00.

After a childhood chasing butterflies and collecting bird’s eggs, Dave Goulson studied Biology at Oxford University, and then did a PhD on butterfly ecology at Oxford Brookes University. Shortly afterwards he got a lectureship at University of Southampton, where he stayed for 11 years. It was there that he began to specialize in bumblebee ecology and conservation. In 2006 he became Professor of Biology at Stirling University. In 2006 he also founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, a charity devoted to reversing bumblebee declines. In 2013 he moved to Sussex University.

Dave has published over 200 scientific articles on the ecology of bees and other insects, and is author of Bumblebees; their behaviour, ecology and conservation (2010, Oxford University Press) and A Sting in the Tale (2013, Jonathan Cape), a popular science book about bumblebees.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2010 he was BBSRC “Social Innovator of the Year” and in 2013 won the Marsh Award for Conservation Biology from the Zoological Society of London.

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