Carleton’s Science Café— Sexual Selection and Mate Choice: How and Why Animals are Choosy When Seeking Mates

As part of Carleton University’s Science Café series, Jean-Guy Godin, professor in the Department of Biology will discuss the sexual selection, mate choice and how and why animals are choosy when seeking mates.

When: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 1049 Bank Street in Old Ottawa South

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

In this talk, Godin will talk about why in nature, most animals do not mate randomly with members of the opposite sex, but rather are choosy when seeking mates.

Because females generally pay higher costs of reproduction and have a lower reproductive potential than males over their lifetime, they tend to be coy and more selective of prospective mates than males and males compete among themselves for access to females and invest more in traits that are sexually attractive to females.

In this public talk, he will briefly summarize, using examples from the published literature and from his own research on fishes, how females choose mates and the reproductive benefits they may gain in doing so. Recent research on the use of social information in making mating decisions will be also briefly introduced.

The Science Café series is organized by the Faculty of Science at Carleton University to discuss relevant issues facing our society and how science can help solve real-world problems. Meet some of our award-winning faculty members and graduate students as they share their excitement about science with the community. For more information, visit:

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