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Dr Dave Lawson

Dr Dave Lawson

Dr Dave Lawson
BSc(Glos.), PhD(Bristol)


Office 2B09
Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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+44 (0) 117 39 41416
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My research relates to different aspects of floral displays and the effects these display components have on foraging pollinators. I am currently exploring the effects of floral spatial fragrance patterns on foraging Bumblebees and how these patterns affect foraging efficiency when simultaneously presented with signals from another sensory modality.



I'm very interested in communicating science to new audiences through scientific outreach, usually with a plant-pollinator flavour. Do get in touch if you have any projects in mind.



2018 - Present: Lecture at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol.

May - June 2018: Teaching Associate at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol.

2017 - 2018: Research Associate at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol.

2013 - 2017: PhD Student at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol (Supervised by Dr Sean Rands and Dr Heather Whitney).

May - July 2012: Habitat Surveyor at Operation Wallacea, Calakmul Mexico.

2011 - 2012: Ecuadorian Amazon Conservation Internship with Global Vision International, Ecuador.



Spatial fragrance patterns


Plant-pollinator interactions

Environmental noise

Floral constancy


In my current role as a Lecturer at the University of Bristol's Biological Sciences department, I deliver a number of lectures as part of the first-year undergraduate Diversity of Life unit. I also lead workshops in academic essay writing and lectures in second-year Insect Biology. I supervise a number of project students and lead tutorials for over 40 personal tutees. I'm very passionate about teaching and honing my skills as an educator, please drop me a line if you have any questions.



School of Biological Sciences

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