Job Title: Professor of Biology, and Dean of Science
Employer: Mount Allison University
Place of Birth: Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada
Public School attended: Assumption Academy, Bathurst, NB
High School attended: LeBlanc High School, Bathurst, NB
Further Education: St. Francis Xavier University (B.Sc.), University of British Columbia (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, USA, Trinidad
Brief synopsis of current research:
Currently, my research programme aims at elucidating the kinds of trade-off animals must often make between foraging, predator avoidance, social associations and mating, and the fitness consequences of such trade-offs. I am particularly interested in how natural selection (e.g. prdation risk) and sexual selection (e.g. mate choice, intersexual competition) interact to shape animal behavioural decisions. I use a variety of different fishes (e.g. guppy, sticklebacks, killifish) as model systems as appropriate. The investigative approach is primarily experimental, both in the laboatory and field.
Department of Biology, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, E4L 1G7
Fax: (506) 364-2505
Kelly, C.D., J.-G.J. Godin and J.M. Wright. 1999. Geographical variation in multiple paternity within natural populations of the guppy (Poecilia reticulata). Proc. R. Soc. Lond B., 266: 2403-2408.
Dugatkin, L.A. and J.-G.J. Godin. 1998. How females choose their mates. Scientific American, 278(4): 56-61.
Krause, J. and J.-G.J. Godin. 1996. Influence of prey foraging posture on flight behavior and predation risk: predators take advantage of unwary prey. Behav. Ecol., 7: 264-271.
Godin, J.-G.J. and L.A. Dugatkin. 1996. Female mating preference for bold males in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata). Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 93: 10262-10267.
Godin, J.-G.J. and S.A. Davis. 1995. Who dares, benefits: predator approach behaviour in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata) deters predator pursuit.Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B, 259: 193-200.
I chose an academic career in aquatic sciences within academia primarily because I was introduce to the study of fish behaviour and to behavioural research by one of my favourite university professors whilst I was in my second year of undergraduate studies in Biology. I subsequently worked as a summer research assistant for him, completed an Honours B.Sc. thesis in fish behaviour, followed by a summer of research at a fisheries research station before enrolling in a PhD programme in Zoology elsewhere. I use fishes as experimental model systems because they are the most taxonomically and behavioural diverse groups of vertebrates, offering a great range of interesting biological phenomena to investigate. I chose a career in academia because I enjoy teaching, the freedom to carry out basic research, interacting with students, and collaborating with colleagues and students.