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Jean-Guy Godin

Professor Emeriti Distinguished Research Professor

Degrees:B.Sc. (St. Francis Xavier), Ph.D. (UBC)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8948
Office:Office: 4440A CTTC Building
Lab: 4440C CTTC Building
Website:Visit my lab website


I maintain broad interests in Behavioural Ecology. The long-term, general objective of my research programme is to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of both the sources and maintenance of variation in behaviour within and between populations by focusing on the behaviour of individuals, and the fitness consequences of their behavioural actions, under different ecological and social conditions. This research programme combines both the experimental and comparative approaches, field and laboratory work, and the use of mathematical modeling, microsatellite genotyping methodology, and computer-based video technologies to address functional and mechanistic questions about the evolution of behaviour. We use a variety of different species (primarily fishes, but not exclusively) as model study systems as appropriate.

Three general and broad areas of inquiry are currently being pursued in collaboration with students, postdoctoral fellows and colleagues: (i) sexual selection and mate choice, (ii) the behavioural ecology of group living, and (iii) the behavioural ecology of predator-prey interactions.

Students interested in pursuing research opportunities in my research laboratory should contact me directly in the first instance.

Please see my lab web page for more details.

Selected Publications

Auld, H.L., S.B. Jeswiet and J.-G.J. Godin. 2015. Do male Trinidadian guppies adjust their alternative mating tactics in the presence of a rival male audience? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69: 1191-1199.

Lee-Jenkins, S.S.Y., M.L. Smith, B.D. Wisenden, A. Wong and J.-G.J. Godin. 2015. Genetic evidence for mixed broods and extra-pair matings in a socially monogamous biparental cichlid fish. Behaviour, 152: 1507-1526.

Mazué, G.P.F., F.-X. Dechaume-Moncharmont and J.-G.J. Godin. 2015. Boldness-exploration behavioral syndrome: inter-family variability and repeatability of personality traits in the young of the convict cichlid (Amatitlania siquia). Behavioral Ecology, 26: 900-908.

Godin, J.-G.J. and H.L. Auld. 2013. Covariation and repeatability of male mating effort and mating preference in a promiscuous fish.  Ecology and Evolution, 3: 2020-2029.

Jeswiet, S.B., S.S.Y. Lee-Jenkins and J.-G.J. Godin. 2012. Concurrent effects of sperm competition and female quality on male mate choice in the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata).  Behavioral Ecology, 23: 195-200.