I grew up fascinated by insects, and by wildlife in general, and have managed to make a living from studying them, which makes me very lucky indeed. I'm now Professor of Biology at Sussex University. I've published over 200 scientific papers on bumblebees and other insects. My main focus is on why bees are declining and on working out what best we can do to help them.
In 2006 I founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, a charity devoted to bumblebees which now has 12 staff and 7,000 members. In 2013 I won the Zoological Society of London's Marsh Prize for Conservation Biology.
I am author of "Bumblebees; their behaviour, conservation and ecology" (2010), an academic text, and A Sting in the Tale (2013), a popular science book about bumblebees and about life as a field biologist.