Kristofer
Helgen
Chief Investigator
Australia

University of Adelaide

Kris’s research focuses on fieldwork and studies in museum collections to document the richness of mammal life, explore environmental change, and contribute to important problems in biomedicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his PhD from the University of Adelaide. Kris has worked professionally in more than 50 countries, especially in the Asia-Pacific, and has documented and named dozens of previously overlooked species of living mammals. He is Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Conservation Science at the University of Adelaide and was previously Curator-in-Charge of Mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. He has authored hundreds of scientific publications. He also holds academic or honorary appointments at the American Museum of Natural History, Bishop Museum, Australian Museum, South Australian Museum, National Geographic Society, and George Mason University.

 

An essential item in Kris’s toolkit

“Science communication. Engagement by scientists with the public in many different ways is fundamental to the increase and diffusion of knowledge in our modern world. I find as many ways as possible to communicate the importance of basic and applied research, especially studies of biodiversity—the richness of life—to society at large.”

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