Science and conservation for the world’s 2800 small mammal species

Kristofer M. Helgen is Research Scientist and Curator of Mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide in Australia, studying the evolution of mammals in New Guinea. His work focuses especially on biological expeditions in the tropics and historical research in museum collections to document mammalian biodiversity and to study environmental change. He has worked as a zoologist in 50 countries and described many new species of living mammals, including the Blue-Eyed Spotted Cuscus, the Greater Monkey-Faced Bat, and the Olinguito. He appears regularly on television and radio programs and his discoveries are regularly profiled in the international press.