Spotted hyena females have a pseudopenis, or penile-clitoris. This makes it nearly impossible to differentiate between the sexes. It’s even possible for females to achieve erections. Their external labia are fused together and form a pseudoscrotum. As you can imagine, the act of copulation is not simple. The female must first retract her penile-clitoris into her own body. Think about turning a sock inside out. The male can only insert his penis once the female
Dr. Carin Bondar TEDxChilliwack

June 12, 2019

My TEDxChilliwack Talk

I am so pleased I was finally able to speak at TEDxChilliwack this year!   This was the 4th annual TEDxChilliwack event, held on April 13th in Chilliwack, BC. My travel schedule often gets in the way of doing local events, and so this was a really special treat.  Our event took place just before the main TED event in Vancouver, BC, and I enjoyed the buzz and excitement that it brought to our Chilliwack
The Dean of Science at the University of the Fraser Valley has appointed me as a science communication liaison – how exciting! The University of the Fraser Valley is a degree-granting institution with over 15K students. I will be working with all departments in the Faculty of Science and doing some incredibly interesting projects.   Many of you have been asking for another music video…and we’ve got one coming your way! If you haven’t seen
Dr Carin Bondar at EnviroTech

May 29, 2019

My EnviroTech Talk

I love speaking at conferences like EnviroTech where I’m an outsider – that is, my field isn’t directly related to the conference at hand.  I think it’s actually VERY beneficial for everyone to be the ‘naïve expert’ in the room at one point or another. What I mean by this is that I don’t mind being the person who asks what may be considered ‘Beginner level’ questions about a certain topic – how else are
This June 8 I will be emceeing at the Intengine Sustainability Leadership Congress at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. The movement towards responsible environmental practices in the private sector is gaining a lot of momentum. We will be hosting experts from Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Aritzia, B.C. Hydro, SPUD, the government of Canada and many others for excellent discussions around sustainable approaches to business and life. From Intengine’s website: The leaders of today and the
After years of considering making an online course, I finally did it with Wild Sex 101!  I actually enjoyed the process of making the course far more than I thought I would.  One of the things that I loved most about it was getting to curate my own content, and simply talk about it in my own words with my favorite examples.   Shutterstock I made the course with the general public in mind. You
Mothers Day is a great day to celebrate your mom, people who held a mothering role in your life, or your own motherhood. Mothering in the animal kingdom can be dramatically different compared to the way human moms care for their children. While we do have some things in common, there are other aspects of motherhood that we do very differently. This Mothers Day, imagine what life would have been like if your mom was