Researcher Profile

Jean-Guy Godin

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.

Mailing address:
Department of Biology, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, E4L 1G7
Fax: (506) 364-2505
E-mail:
jgodin@mta.ca
Website:
www.mta.ca/faculty/science/bio/jeanguygodin.html

Recent Publications:

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.

Comments:
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.