The Buzz Club

Our Team

The team at Sussex are passionate about studying, understanding and conserving these fascinating insects!


Together we design experiments, analyse results, and with your help we can discover new ways of helping our garden bees and other pollinators.  The Buzz Club newsletter will be guest-edited by a different member of the team each time, so you will get to know us all as everything progresses!

Join the Buzz Club here. To find out more about the Goulson Lab group at the University of Sussex, please find us here.

© The Buzz Club Professor Dave Goulson PhD

Professor Dave Goulson – Project & laboratory Director

Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology, specializing in the ecology and conservation of bumblebees. Author of the bestselling A Sting in the Tale and A Buzz in the Meadow. See Dave's YouTube channel "Dave Goulson" and also follow Dave’s blog, here, and also by email at found on twitter @DaveGoulson.

© The Buzz Club Dr. Robert Fowler PhD

Dr. Rob Fowler – Buzz Club Co-ordinator

Keeping everyone organised is a big job, even when we are starting out; Rob will be your first point of call for 'all things Buzz Club'. Telephone Rob on (0044) 01273 872 758 or email at or via the twitter account @The_Buzz_Club.

© The Buzz Club Linda Birkin

Miss Linda Birkin – Citizen Science PhD student

Co-ordinator of the Bees ‘n Beans project, Linda also works with Rob to handle inquiries, website updates and contact with volunteers for various Buzz Club projects. Between them, they should be able to answer any Buzzing questions. Email Linda at or via the twitter account @LJBees or Linda's website

© The Buzz Club Kate Basley

Miss Kate Basley – Citizen Science PhD student

Kate is looking at the effect of pesticides on non-target organisms. ... Kate’s PhD research covers many different sorts of animals – from hoverflies and butterflies, to worms and aquatic invertebrates – bringing variety to our team. Keep up with Kate on twitter at @oojabug.

© The Buzz Club Veronica Wignall Research student

Miss Veronica Wignall – Citizen Science PhD student

Veronica is researching the foraging ecology and behaviour of bees and other flower-visiting insects. Also she is the author of: Pee-powered light for refugee camps: Contact Veronica at or on twitter at

© The Buzz Club Dr Ellen Rotheray PhD

Dr Ellen Rotheray

Ellie gets very excited by bees. But she loves hoverflies more! See her YouTube channel "Ellen Rotheray". Contact Ellie at or on twitter at @EllenRotheray.

© The Buzz Club Dr. Elizabeth Nicholls PhD

Dr Beth Nicholls

Beth is researching the effect of pesticides on pollinator populations in the UK and India. Beth also controls the twitter account with Rob @The_Buzz_Club. Beth also as her own twitter account @BethBees. To email Beth:

© The Buzz Club Janine Griffiths-Lee

Miss Janine Griffiths-Lee – Citizen Science PhD student

Janine is studying the ways to boost wild bee populations in vineyards, orchards, allotments and gardens. Contact Janine by email at: or via twitter

© The Buzz Club YouTube videos

YouTube © The Buzz Club

Two of our Buzz Club experts have published their own Youtube channels which offers videos on 'how to' as well as information of projects such as bees and gardens. See Professor Dave Goulson channel, "Dave Goulson" and also Dr. Ellen Rotheray channel, "Ellen Rotheray".

© The Buzz Club bumble-bee


A bumblebee (also written bumble bee) is a member of the genus Bombus, part of Apidae, one of the bee families

© The Buzz Club Plants for Pollinators

Plants for Pollinators © The Buzz Club

See the numerous Plants for Pollinators. You might be surprised by how your garden can save the bees.

© The Buzz Club Save our Bees

Butterfly and Bee © The Buzz Club

A Monarch Butterfly & a Honey Bee

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