Carin Bondar

Wild sex biologist
Carin Bondar is an expert on the sexual life of animals — and loves to tell their wild sex stories.

Why you should listen

Group sex, prostitution, masturbation -— every sexy thing we humans do, says Carin Bondar, animals do too, and a whole lot more we, thank goodness, can't (see topic: chastity belts). Bondar, a biologist, hosts the truly astonishing Wild Sex video series on , where over two seasons she's been using science and uberwatchable storytelling to tell surprising tales of animal mating. As she says: "We hit topics hard, and not just for the quirk factor, but because there is a lot of cool science behind so many strange mating rituals."

For contrast, her first book, The Nature of Human Nature, examines the unique behaviors of the human species in the context of Darwin's Survival of the Fittest. Bondar is also the host and producer of SciAm Cinema, a monthly series of the best stories from the Scientific American blog network, and the co-host (with Phil Plait) of TwiST, a weekly series about science and tech on the Science Alert YouTube channel, as well as a TV host for Discovery International and National Geographic Wild.

What others say

“I am more than impressed with the accuracy, indecency, intelligence and humor with which Carin and her team have tackled these, uh, stickytopics. They make no apologies for the straightforward style — this is a show that gets down and dirty with nature’s deviants.” — Christie Wilcox, Scientific American

Carin Bondar’s TED talk

Carin Bondar on the TED Blog

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Wild sex: Carin Bondar at TEDGlobal 2013

June 12, 2013

When humans think about sex, we tend to categorise into male and female forms, says biologist and animal sex expert Carin Bondar. But for millions of years, it used to be a fusion of bodies, a “trickle of DNA shared between two or more beings,” she says. It wasn’t until about 500 million years ago […]

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Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Listening to Nature: The speakers in Session 5 at TEDGlobal 2013

June 12, 2013

This session asks us to pay closer attention to what nature has to tell us — both about itself and about the world around us. We’ll investigate a variety of sources — from the soundscapes of ecosystems to the neurons of cockroaches to the extraordinary sex lives of animals. Here are the speakers who appeared […]

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