Lecture: Strategies of Human Mating

A lecture by David M. Buss, with comments by comedian and sociologist Harald Eia and criminologist Vibeke Ottesen.

The Science library will be streaming a live webcast

David M. Buss

David M. Buss is Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas.

Buss has extensive cross-cultural research collaborations and lectures widely within the United States and internationally.  His primary research interests include the psychology of sex differences, human sexuality, mating strategies, conflict between the sexes, why people kill, warfare, terrorism, stalking, and the psychology of prestige, status, and reputation.


  • Introduction by professor Nils Chr. Stenseth, head of the CEES, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis
  • Main lecture by David Buss: "Strategies of Human Mating"
  • Comments by Vibeke Ottesen, researcher at CEES, and Harald Eia

A light meal will be served before the event.

The event is part of the Science Debate project, which is a cooperative venture between the Science Library and the Fritt Ord foundation.


  • David M. Buss received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. 
  • He served in professorial positions at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Texas, where he is currently Professor of Psychology.
  • David Buss received the American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology; the APA G. Stanley Hall Award; and the APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Award.  The University of Texas awarded Buss the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award. 
  • He served as President of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES). 
  • He is currently Head of the Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology Area of the Psychology Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

Buss’s books include:

The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating (Basic Books; translated into 11 languages); Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind (Allyn & Bacon); and The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy is as Necessary as Love and Sex (Free Press; translated into 13 languages); The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind is Designed to Kill (Penquin; translated into 12 languages); The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology (Wiley), for which he served as editor; Why Women Have Sex (Holt; translated into 16 languages; co-authored with Cindy Meston); The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences (Oxford University Press); and Personality Psychology: Domains of Knowledge about Human Nature.

Buss has more than 250 scientific publications, and is one of the most highly cited psychologists in the world.

Published Apr. 29, 2013 3:06 PM - Last modified July 9, 2014 9:52 AM