Kristofer Helgen

Professor Kristofer Helgen


School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Kristofer M. Helgen is Professor of Biological Sciences and Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Conservation Science at the University of Adelaide. His research focuses especially on fieldwork and research in museum collections to document the richness of life, explore global change, and contribute to important problems in biomedicine.

Professor Helgen received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Adelaide. From 2008-2017 he served as Curator of Mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He has worked professionally in more than 50 countries, and has documented and named dozens of previously overlooked species of living mammals, including the Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon of southern China and Myanmar, the Greater Monkey-Faced Bat of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, and the Olinguito of the Andes Mountains. He has organized and led major research expeditions all over the world. He is a dedicated public communicator in support of biodiversity discovery and conservation, and appears regularly on television and radio programs.

Helgen holds professorial or other honorary academic appointments at George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia), the Natural History Museum (London), the American Museum of Natural History (New York), the Bishop Museum (Honolulu), the Australian Museum (Sydney), the South Australian Museum (Adelaide), and the National Geographic Society (Washington, D.C.), where he was inducted as a National Geographic Explorer in 2009. In 2016 Helgen was awarded the James McWha Award for Excellence from the University of Adelaide and the Westbrook Free Lectureship at the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia. In 2017 he was appointed as a Full Professor at the University of Adelaide.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Professor University of Adelaide
    2017 Deputy Director University of Adelaide
    2017 Honorary Research Associate South Australian Museum
    2017 Affiliate Professor George Mason University
    2014 Research Associate Australian Museum
    2011 Affiliate Professor George Mason University
    2008 - 2017 Curator of Mammals Smithsonian Institution
    2007 Research Associate Bishop Museum
    2006 Research Associate American Museum of Natural History
    2006 - 2008 Postdoctoral Fellow Smithsonian Institution
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2001 - 2007 University of Adelaide Australia Ph.D., Zoology
    1997 - 2001 Harvard University United States A.B., Biology
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 McLean, B. S., Bell, K. C., Allen, J. M., Helgen, K. M., & Cook, J. A. (2019). Impacts of Inference Method and Data set Filtering on Phylogenomic Resolution in a Rapid Radiation of Ground Squirrels (Xerinae: Marmotini). Systematic biology, 68(2), 298-316.
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    2019 Mason, V. C., Helgen, K. M., & Murphy, W. J. (2019). Comparative Phylogeography of Forest-Dependent Mammals Reveals Paleo-Forest Corridors throughout Sundaland. The Journal of Heredity, 110(2), 158-172.
    2019 Jackson, S., Fleming, P., Eldridge, M., Ingleby, S., Flannery, T., Johnson, R., . . . Helgen, K. (2019). The Dogma of Dingoes—Taxonomic status of the dingo: A reply to Smith et al.. Zootaxa, 4564(1), 198-212.
    2019 Veatch, E., Tocheri, M., Sutikna, T., McGrath, K., Wahyu Saptomo, E., Jatmiko., & Helgen, K. (2019). Temporal shifts in the distribution of murine rodent body size classes at Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia) reveal new insights into the paleoecology of Homo floresiensis and associated fauna. Journal of Human Evolution, 130, 45-60.
    2018 Fabre, P., Fitriana, Y., Semiadi, G., Pagès, M., Aplin, K., Supriatna, N., & Helgen, K. (2018). New record of Melomys burtoni (Mammalia, Rodentia, Murinae) from Halmahera (North Moluccas, Indonesia): a review of Moluccan Melomys. Mammalia, 82(3), 218-247.
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    2018 Mclean, B., Helgen, K., Goodwin, H., & Cook, J. (2018). Trait-specific processes of convergence and conservatism shape ecomorphological evolution in ground-dwelling squirrels. Evolution, 72(3), 1-17.
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    2018 Janecka, J., Janecka, M., Helgen, K., & Murphy, W. (2018). The validity of three snow leopard subspecies: Response to Senn et al.. Heredity, 120(6), 586-590.
    2018 Fabre, P., Reeve, A., Fitriana, Y., Aplin, K., & Helgen, K. (2018). A new species of Halmaheramys (Rodentia: Muridae) from Bisa and Obi Islands (North Maluku Province, Indonesia). Journal of Mammalogy, 99(1), 187-208.
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    2018 Thomson, S., Pyle, R., Ahyong, S., Alonso-Zarazaga, M., Ammirati, J., Araya, J., . . . Lencioni, V. (2018). Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation. PLoS Biology, 16(3), 12 pages.
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    2018 Brandt, J., Van Coeverden de Groot, P., Witt, K., Engelbrektsson, P., Helgen, K., Malhi, R., . . . Roca, A. (2018). Genetic structure and diversity among historic and modern populations of the Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis).. The Journal of heredity, 109(5), 553-565.
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    2018 Gerstner, B., Kass, J., Kays, R., Helgen, K., & Anderson, R. (2018). Revised distributional estimates for the recently discovered olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina), with comments on natural and taxonomic history. Journal of Mammalogy, 99(2), 321-332.
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    2018 Eldridge, M., Potter, S., Helgen, K., Sinaga, M., Aplin, K., Flannery, T., & Johnson, R. (2018). Phylogenetic analysis of the tree-kangaroos (Dendrolagus) reveals multiple divergent lineages within New Guinea. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 127, 589-599.
    2018 Johnson, R., O Meally, D., Chen, Z., Etherington, G., Ho, S., Nash, W., . . . Belov, K. (2018). Adaptation and conservation insights from the koala genome. Nature Genetics, 50(8), 1102-1111.
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    2018 Teeling, E. C., Vernes, S. C., Dávalos, L. M., Ray, D. A., Gilbert, M. T. P., & Myers, E. (2018). Bat biology, genomes, and the Bat1K Project: to generate chromosome-level genomes for all living bat species. Annual Review of Animal Biosciences, 6(1), 23-46.
    2017 Gutierrez, E., Helgen, K., McDonough, M., Bauer, F., Hawkins, M., Escobedo-Morales, L., . . . Maldonado, J. (2017). A gene-tree test of the traditional taxonomy of American deer: the importance of voucher specimens, geographic data, and dense sampling. ZooKeys, 697(697), 87-131.
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    2017 Jackson, S., Groves, C., Fleming, P., Aplin, K., Eldridge, M., Gonzalez, A., & Helgen, K. (2017). The Wayward Dog: Is the Australian native dog or Dingo a distinct species?. Zootaxa, 4317(2), 201-224.
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    2017 Moratelli, R., Wilson, D. E., Ovaes, R. L., Helgen, K. M., & Gutierrez, E. E. (2017). Caribbean Myotis (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae), with description of a new species from Trinidad and Tobago. Journal of Mammalogy, 98(4), 994-1008.
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    2017 Campana, M., Kurata, N., Foster, J., Helgen, L., Reeder, D., Fleischer, R., & Helgen, K. (2017). White-nose syndrome fungus in a 1918 bat specimen from France. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 23(9), 1611-1612.
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    2017 He, K., Shinohara, A., Helgen, K., Springer, M., Jiang, X., & Campbell, K. (2017). Talpid mole phylogeny unites shrew moles and illuminates overlooked cryptic species diversity. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 34(1), 78-87.
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    2017 Janecka, J., Janecka, J., Yu-Guang, Z., Di-Qiang, L., Munkhtsog, B., Bayaraa, M., . . . Jackson, R. (2017). Range-Wide Snow Leopard Phylogeography Supports Three Subspecies. The Journal of heredity, 108(6), 597-607.
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    2017 Young, H., McCauley, D., Dirzo, R., Nunn, C., Campana, M., Agwanda, B., . . . Helgen, K. (2017). Interacting effects of land use and climate on rodent-borne pathogens in central Kenya. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 372(1722), 20160116-1-20160116-11.
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    2017 Fan, P., He, K., Chen, X., Ortiz, A., Zhang, B., Zhao, C., . . . Jiang, X. (2017). Description of a new species of Hoolock gibbon (Primates: Hylobatidae) based on integrative taxonomy. American Journal of Primatology, 79(5), e22631-1-e22631-15.
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    2016 Campana, M., Parker, L., Hawkins, M., Young, H., Helgen, K., Szykman Gunther, M., . . . Fleischer, R. (2016). Genome sequence, population history, and pelage genetics of the endangered African wild dog (Lycaon pictus). BMC Genomics, 17(1), 1013-1-1013-10.
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    2016 Guerra, A., Eckerlin, R., Dowling, A., Durden, L., Robbins, R., Dittmar, K., . . . Young, H. (2016). Host-parasite associations in small mammal communities in semiarid savanna ecosystems of East Africa. Journal of Medical Entomology, 53(4), 851-860.
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    2016 Neaves, L., Frankham, G., Dennison, S., FitzGibbon, S., Flannagan, C., Gillett, A., . . . Johnson, R. (2016). Phylogeography of the Koala, (Phascolarctos cinereus), and harmonising data to inform conservation. PLoS ONE, 11(9), 1-22.
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    2016 Alfano, N., Michaux, J., Morand, S., Aplin, K., Tsangaras, K., Löber, U., . . . Greenwood, A. (2016). Endogenous gibbon ape leukemia virus identified in a rodent (Melomys burtoni subsp.) from Wallacea (Indonesia). Journal of Virology, 90(18), 8169-8180.
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    2016 Hawkins, M., Hofman, C., Callicrate, T., Mcdonough, M., Tsuchiya, M., Gutiérrez, E., . . . Maldonado, J. (2016). In-solution hybridization for mammalian mitogenome enrichment: pros, cons and challenges associated with multiplexing degraded DNA. Molecular Ecology Resources, 16(5), 1173-1188.
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    2016 Campana, M., Hawkins, M., Henson, L., Stewardson, K., Young, H., Card, L., . . . Fleischer, R. (2016). Simultaneous identification of host, ectoparasite and pathogen DNA via in-solution capture. Molecular ecology resources, 16(5), 1224-1239.
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    2016 Ceríaco, L., Gutiérrez, E., Dubois, A., Abdala, C., Alqarni, A., Adler, K., . . . Cuccodoro, G. (2016). Photography-based taxonomy is inadequate, unnecessary, and potentially harmful for biological sciences. Zootaxa, 4196(3), 435-445.
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    2016 Cui, P., Löber, U., Alquezar-Planas, D., Ishida, Y., Courtiol, A., Timms, P., . . . Greenwood, A. (2016). Comprehensive profiling of retroviral integration sites using target enrichment methods from historical koala samples without an assembled reference genome. PeerJ, 2016(3), e1847-1-e1847-29.
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    2016 Hawkins, M., Leonard, J., Helgen, K., McDonough, M., Rockwood, L., & Maldonado, J. (2016). Evolutionary history of endemic Sulawesi squirrels constructed from UCEs and mitogenomes sequenced from museum specimens. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16(1), 80-1-80-16.
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    2016 Hawkins, M., Helgen, K., Maldonado, J., Rockwood, L., Tsuchiya, M., & Leonard, J. (2016). Phylogeny, biogeography and systematic revision of plain long-nosed squirrels (genus Dremomys, Nannosciurinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 94(Pt B), 752-764.
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    2016 Young, H., Dirzo, R., Helgen, K., Mccauley, D., Nunn, C., Snyder, P., . . . Ezenwa, V. (2016). Large wildlife removal drives immune defence increases in rodents. Functional Ecology, 30(5), 799-807.
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    2016 Mason, V., Li, G., Minx, P., Schmitz, J., Churakov, G., Doronina, L., . . . Murphy, W. (2016). Genomic analysis reveals hidden biodiversity within colugos, the sister group to primates.. Science advances, 2(8), e1600633.
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    2015 Koepfli, K., Pollinger, J., Godinho, R., Robinson, J., Lea, A., Hendricks, S., . . . Wayne, R. (2015). Genome-wide evidence reveals that African and Eurasian golden jackals are distinct species. Current Biology, 25(16), 2158-2165.
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    2015 Gutiérrez, E., Maldonado, J., Radosavljevic, A., Molinari, J., Patterson, B., Martínez-C, J., . . . Helgen, K. (2015). The taxonomic status of Mazama bricenii and the significance of the Táchira Depression for mammalian endemism in the Cordillera de Mérida, Venezuela. PLoS ONE, 10(6), e0129113-1-e0129113-24.
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    2015 Young, H., Dirzo, R., McCauley, D., Agwanda, B., Cattaneo, L., Dittmar, K., . . . Helgen, K. (2015). Drivers of intensity and prevalence of flea parasitism on small mammals in East African savanna ecosystems. Journal of Parasitology, 101(3), 327-335.
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    2015 McCauley, D., Salkeld, D., Young, H., Makundi, R., Dirzo, R., Eckerlin, R., . . . Helgen, K. (2015). Effects of land use on plague (Yersinia pestis) activity in rodents in Tanzania. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 92(4), 776-783.
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    2015 Ishida, Y., McCallister, C., Nikolaidis, N., Tsangaras, K., Helgen, K., Greenwood, A., & Roca, A. (2015). Sequence variation of koala retrovirus transmembrane protein p15E among koalas from different geographic regions. Virology, 475, 28-36.
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    2015 Young, H., Mccauley, D., Dirzo, R., Goheen, J., Agwanda, B., Brook, C., . . . Helgen, K. (2015). Context-dependent effects of large-wildlife declines on small-mammal communities in central Kenya. Ecological Applications, 25(2), 348-360.
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    2014 Voss, R., Helgen, K., & Jansa, S. (2014). Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence: A comment on Cozzuol et al. (2013). Journal of Mammalogy, 95(4), 893-898.
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    2014 Rocha, L., Aleixo, A., Allen, G., Almeda, F., Baldwin, C., Barclay, M., . . . Sheldon, F. (2014). Specimen collection: An essential tool. Science, 344(6186), 814-815.
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    2014 Scheel, D., Slater, G., Kolokotronis, S., Potter, C., Rotstein, D., Tsangaras, K., . . . Helgen, K. (2014). Biogeography and taxonomy of extinct and endangered monk seals illuminated by ancient DNA and skull morphology. ZooKeys, 409(409), 1-33.
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    2014 Young, H., Dirzo, R., Helgen, K., McCauley, D., Billeter, S., Kosoy, M., . . . Dittmar, K. (2014). Declines in large wildlife increase landscape-level prevalence of rodent-borne disease in Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(19), 7036-7041.
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    2014 Tsangaras, K., Siracusa, M., Nikolaidis, N., Ishida, Y., Cui, P., Vielgrader, H., . . . Greenwood, A. (2014). Hybridization capture reveals evolution and conservation across the entire koala retrovirus genome. PLoS ONE, 9(4), e95633-1-e95633-14.
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    2014 Almeida, F., Giannini, N., Simmons, N., & Helgen, K. (2014). Each flying fox on its own branch: A phylogenetic tree for Pteropus and related genera (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 77(1), 83-95.
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    2013 Buden, D., Helgen, K., & Wiles, G. (2013). Taxonomy, distribution, and natural history of flying foxes (chiroptera, pteropodidae) in the mortlock islands and chuuk state, caroline islands. ZooKeys, 345(345), 97-135.
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    2013 Fabre, P., Pagès, M., Musser, G., Fitriana, Y., Fjeldså, J., Jennings, A., . . . Helgen, K. (2013). A new genus of rodent from wallacea (Rodentia: Muridae: Murinae: Rattini), and its implication for biogeography and Indo-Pacific Rattini systematics. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 169(2), 408-447.
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    2013 Helgen, K., Pinto, C., Kays, R., Helgen, L., Tsuchiya, M., Quinn, A., . . . Maldonado, J. (2013). Taxonomic revision of the olingos (Bassaricyon), with description of a new species, the Olinguito. ZooKeys, 324(324), 1-83.
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    2013 Pinto, C., Helgen, K., Fleischer, R., & Perkins, S. (2013). Hepatozoon parasites (Apicomplexa: Adeleorina) in bats. Journal of Parasitology, 99(4), 722-724.
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    2013 Young, H., Mccauley, D., Helgen, K., Goheen, J., Otárola-Castillo, E., Palmer, T., . . . Dirzo, R. (2013). Effects of mammalian herbivore declines on plant communities: Observations and experiments in an African savanna. Journal of Ecology, 101(4), 1030-1041.
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    2013 Ávila-Arcos, M., Ho, S., Ishida, Y., Nikolaidis, N., Tsangaras, K., Hönig, K., . . . Greenwood, A. (2013). One hundred twenty years of koala retrovirus evolution determined from museum skins. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 30(2), 299-304.
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    2013 Ávila-Arcos, M., Ho, S., Ishida, Y., Nikolaidis, N., Tsangaras, K., Hönig, K., . . . Greenwood, A. (2013). Erratum: One hundred twenty years of Koala retrovirus evolution determined from museum skins (Molecular Biology and Evolution (2013) 30:2 (299-304) DOI: 10.1093/molbev/mss223). Molecular Biology and Evolution, 30(5), 1237.
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    2013 Reeder, D., Helgen, K., Vodzak, M., Lunde, D., & Ejotre, I. (2013). A new genus for a rare African vespertilionid bat: insights from South Sudan. ZooKeys, 285(285), 89-115.
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    2013 Gutiérrez, E., & Helgen, K. (2013). Mammalogy: Outdated taxonomy blocks conservation. Nature, 495(7441), 314.
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    2013 Goheen, J., Palmer, T., Charles, G., Helgen, K., Kinyua, S., Maclean, J., . . . Pringle, R. (2013). Piecewise disassembly of a large-herbivore community across a rainfall gradient: the UHURU experiment. PLoS ONE, 8(2), e55192-1-e55192-16.
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    2013 Vilstrup, J., Seguin-Orlando, A., Stiller, M., Ginolhac, A., Raghavan, M., Nielsen, S., . . . Orlando, L. (2013). Mitochondrial phylogenomics of modern and ancient equids. PLoS One, 8(2), 1-12.
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    2013 Smith, V., Georgiev, T., Stoev, P., Biserkov, J., Miller, J., Livermore, L., . . . Penev, L. (2013). Beyond dead trees: Integrating the scientific process in the Biodiversity Data Journal. Biodiversity Data Journal, 1(1), e995.
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    2013 Gutierrez, E. E., & Helgen, K. M. (2013). Outdated taxonomy blocks conservation. NATURE, 495(7441), 314.
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    2013 Bornholdt, R., Helgen, K., Koepfli, K., Oliveira, L., Lucherini, M., & Eizirik, E. (2013). Taxonomic revision of the genus Galictis (Carnivora: Mustelidae): Species delimitation, morphological diagnosis, and refined mapping of geographical distribution. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 167(3), 449-472.
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    2012 Miller, W., Hayes, V. M., Ratan, A., Petersen, D. C., Wittekindt, N. E., Miller, J., . . . Schuster, S. C. (2012). Genetic diversity and population structure of the endangered marsupial Sarcophilus harrisii (Tasmanian devil) (vol 108, pg 12348, 2011). PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 109(44), 18625.
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    2012 Wilting, A., Sollmann, R., Meijaard, E., Helgen, K., & Fickel, J. (2012). Mentawai's endemic, relictual fauna: Is it evidence for Pleistocene extinctions on Sumatra?. Journal of Biogeography, 39(9), 1608-1620.
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    2012 Helgen, K., Miguez, R., Kohen, J., & Helgen, L. (2012). Twentieth century occurrence of the Long-Beaked Echidna Zaglossus bruijnii in the Kimberley region of Australia. ZooKeys, 255(255), 103-132.
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    2012 Miller, W., Hayes, V., Ratan, A., Petersen, D., Wittekindt, N., Miller, J., . . . Schuster, S. (2012). Erratum: Genetic diversity and population structure of the endangered marsupial Sarcophilus harrisii (Tasmanian devil) (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2011) 108, 30 (12348-12353) DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1102838108). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(45), 18625.
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    2012 Tsangaras, K., Ávila-Arcos, M., Ishida, Y., Helgen, K., Roca, A., & Greenwood, A. (2012). Historically low mitochondrial DNA diversity in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). BMC Genetics, 13(1), 92-1-92-11.
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    2011 Miller, W., Hayes, V., Ratan, A., Petersen, D., Wittekindt, N., Miller, J., . . . Schuster, S. (2011). Genetic diversity and population structure of the endangered marsupial Sarcophilus harrisii (Tasmanian devil). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(30), 12348-12353.
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    2011 Helgen, K. (2011). The mammal family tree. Science, 334(6055), 458-459.
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    2011 Asher, R., & Helgen, K. (2011). High level Mammalian taxonomy: A response to Hedges (2011). Zootaxa, (3092), 63-64.
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    2011 McDade, L., Maddison, D., Guralnick, R., Piwowar, H., Jameson, M., Helgen, K., . . . Vis, M. (2011). Biology needs a modern assessment system for professional productivity. BioScience, 61(8), 619-625.
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    2011 Mason, V., Li, G., Helgen, K., & Murphy, W. (2011). Efficient cross-species capture hybridization and next-generation sequencing of mitochondrial genomes from noninvasively sampled museum specimens. Genome Research, 21(10), 1695-1704.
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    2010 Helgen, K., Helgen, L., & Wilson, D. (2010). Pacific flying foxes (Mammalia: Chiroptera): Two new species of pteropus from Samoa, probably extinct. American Museum Novitates, 3646(3646), 1-37.
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    2010 Aplin, K., & Helgen, K. (2010). Quaternary murid rodents of Timor part I: New material of coryphomys buehleri Schaub, 1937, and description of a decond species of the genus. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 341(341), 1-80.
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    2010 Goodman, S., & Helgen, K. (2010). Species limits and distribution of the malagasy carnivoran genus eupleres (Family Eupleridae). Mammalia, 74(2), 177-185.
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    2010 Asher, R., & Helgen, K. (2010). Nomenclature and placental mammal phylogeny. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 10(1), 9 pages.
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    2010 Brooks, T., & Helgen, K. (2010). A standard for species. Nature, 467(7315), 540-541.
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    2010 Brooks, T. M., & Helgen, K. M. (2010). BIODIVERSITY A standard for species. NATURE, 467(7315), 540-541.
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    2010 Helgen, K. M. (2010). A Megadiverse Fauna Revealed. Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 17(2), 145-147.
    2009 Helgen, K. M., & Helgen, L. E. (2009). Chapter 8. Biodiversity and Biogeography of the Moss-mice of New Guinea: A Taxonomic Revision of Pseudohydromys (Muridae: Murinae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 331, 230-313.
    2009 Helgen, K., Cole, F., Helgen, L., & Wilson, D. (2009). Generic revision in the holarctic ground squirrel genus spermophilus. Journal of Mammalogy, 90(2), 270-305.
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    2009 Helgen, K., Helgen, L., & Wilson, D. (2009). Pacific flying foxes (Mammalia: Chiroptera): Two new species of Pteropus from Samoa, probably extinct. American Museum Novitates, (3646), 1-40.
    2009 Helgen, K. M., & Helgen, L. E. (2009). Biodiversity and Biogeography of the Moss-Mice of New Guinea: A Taxonomic Revision of Pseudohydromys (Muridae: Murinae). BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, (331), 230-313.
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    2009 Haussler, D., O'Brien, S., Ryder, O., Keith Barker, F., Clamp, M., Crawford, A., . . . Turner, S. (2009). Genome 10K: A proposal to obtain whole-genome sequence for 10000 vertebrate species. Journal of Heredity, 100(6), 659-674.
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    2009 Miller, W., Drautz, D., Janecka, J., Lesk, A., Ratan, A., Tomsho, L., . . . Schuster, S. (2009). The mitochondrial genome sequence of the Tasmanian tiger [Thylacinus cynocephalus]. Genome Research, 19(2), 213-220.
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    2008 Janečka, J., Helgen, K., Lim, N., Baba, M., Izawa, M., Boeadi., & Murphy, W. (2008). Evidence for multiple species of Sunda colugo. Current Biology, 18(21), R1001-R1002.
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    2008 Meiri, S., Meijaard, E., Wich, S., Groves, C., & Helgen, K. (2008). Mammals of Borneo - Small size on a large island. Journal of Biogeography, 35(6), 1087-1094.
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    2008 Giannini, N., Almeida, F., Simmons, N., & Helgen, K. (2008). The systematic position of Pteropus leucopterus and its bearing on the monophyly and relationships of Pteropus (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae). Acta Chiropterologica, 10(1), 11-20.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS14
    2008 Amori, G., Gippoliti, S., & Helgen, K. (2008). Diversity, distribution, and conservation of endemic island rodents. Quaternary International, 182(1), 6-15.
    DOI Scopus26 WoS22
    2008 Wei, L., Han, N., Zhang, L., Helgen, K., Parsons, S., Zhou, S., & Zhang, S. (2008). Wing morphology, echolocation calls, diet and emergence time of black-bearded tomb bats (Taphozous melanopogon, Emballonuridae) from southwest China. Acta Chiropterologica, 10(1), 51-59.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5
    2008 Schipper, J., Chanson, J., Chiozza, F., Cox, N., Hoffmann, M., Katariya, V., . . . Rathbun, G. (2008). The status of the world's land and marine mammals: diversity, threat, and knowledge. Science, 322(5899), 225-230.
    DOI Scopus767 WoS709 Europe PMC310
    2008 Helgen, K., Maldonado, J., Wilson, D., & Buckner, S. (2008). Molecular confirmation of the origin and invasive status of West Indian raccoons. Journal of Mammalogy, 89(2), 282-291.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS16
    2008 Helgen, K., Lim, N., & Helgen, L. (2008). The hog-badger is not an edentate: Systematics and evolution of the genus Arctonyx (Mammalia: Mustelidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 154(2), 353-385.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS11
    2008 New Guinea as a Tropical Lens (2008). Conservation Biology, 22(6), 1667-1668.
    2008 Helgen, K. M., Leary, T., Doria, G., & Amori, G. (2008). Catalogue of Melanesian rodents in the Museum of Genova (Mammalia: Rodentia). Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale “G. Doria”, 99, 653-686.
    2007 Helgen, K. M. (2007). The mammal fauna of the Kaijende Highlands, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea. Conservation International Rapid Assessment Program Bulletin of Biological Assessment, 45, 52-68.
    2007 Reeder, D., Helgen, K., & Wilson, D. (2007). Global trends and biases in new mammal species discoveries. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Texas Tech University, (269), 1-36.
    2007 Li, G., Liang, B., Wang, Y., Zhao, H., Helgen, K., Lin, L., . . . Zhang, S. (2007). Echolocation calls, diet, and phylogenetic relationships of Stoliczka's trident bat, Aselliscus stoliczkanus (Hipposideridae). Journal of Mammalogy, 88(3), 736-744.
    DOI Scopus23 WoS20
    2007 Helgen, K., Kock, D., Gomez, R., Ingle, N., & Sinaga, M. (2007). Taxonomy and natural history of the Southeast Asian fruit-bat genus Dyacopterus. Journal of Mammalogy, 88(2), 302-318.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS9
    2007 Janečka, J., Miller, W., Pringle, T., Wiens, F., Zitzmann, A., Helgen, K., . . . Murphy, W. (2007). Molecular and genomic data identify the closest living relative of primates. Science, 318(5851), 792-794.
    DOI Scopus195 WoS174 Europe PMC128
    2007 Groves, C., & Helgen, K. (2007). Craniodental characters in the taxonomy of Propithecus. International Journal of Primatology, 28(6), 1363-1383.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS6
    2006 Helgen, K., Wells, R., Kear, B., Gerdtz, W., & Flannery, T. (2006). Ecological and evolutionary significance of sizes of giant extinct kangaroos. Australian Journal of Zoology, 54(4), 293-303.
    DOI Scopus30 WoS25
    2006 Thong, V., Bumrungsri, S., Harrison, D., Pearch, M., Helgen, K., & Bates, P. (2006). New records of Microchiroptera (Rhinolophidae and Kerivoulinae) from Vietnam and Thailand. Acta Chiropterologica, 8(1), 83-93.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS10
    2006 Wilson, D. E., Helgen, K. M., Yun, C. S., & Giman, B. (2006). Results of small mammal surveys at two sites in planted forest zones, Bintulu, Sarawak. Malayan Nature Journal, 59, 165-187.
    2005 Timm, R. (2005). What Constitutes a Proper Description?. Science, 309(5744), 2163c-2166c.
    2005 Helgen, K. (2005). Systematics of the Pacific monkey-faced bats (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae), with a new species of Pteralopex and a new Fijian genus. Systematics and Biodiversity, 3(4), 433-453.
    DOI Scopus24 WoS26
    2005 Helgen, K. (2005). The amphibious murines of New Guinea (Rodentia, Muridae): The generic status of Baiyankamys and description of a new species of Hydromys. Zootaxa, 913(913), 1-20.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS16
    2005 Helgen, K. (2005). A new species of murid rodent (genus Mayermys) from south-eastern New Guinea. Mammalian Biology, 70(1), 61-67.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS16
    2005 Helgen, K., Groves, C., Bossuyt, F., Meegaskumbura, M., Beenaerts, N., Gower, D., . . . Milinkovitch, M. (2005). Biodiversity in Sri Lanka and the Western Ghats [1] (multiple letters). Science, 308(5719), 199.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS7
    2004 Helgen, K. (2004). Meyer paper: Don't hang the Soc. Wash. out to dry [2]. Nature, 432(7020), 949.
    2004 Roca, A., Bar-Gal, G., Eizirik, E., Helgen, K., Maria, R., Springer, M., . . . Murphy, W. (2004). Mesozoic origin for West Indian insectivores. Nature, 429(6992), 649-651.
    DOI Scopus98 WoS89 Europe PMC44
    2004 Dratch, P., Coonan, T., Graber, D., Helgen, K., Roemer, G., Woodroffe, R., & Courchamp, F. (2004). Predators and prey in the Channel Islands [2] (multiple letters). Science, 305(5685), 777-778.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS2
    2004 Helgen, K., & Flannery, T. (2004). Notes on the phalangerid marsupial genus Spilocuscus, with description of a new species from Papua. Journal of Mammalogy, 85(5), 825-833.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS8
    2004 Helgen, K., & Flannery, T. (2004). A new species of bandicoot, Microperoryctes aplini, from western New Guinea. Journal of Zoology, 264(2), 117-124.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS11
    2004 Helgen, K. M. (2004). On the identity of flying-foxes, genus Pteropus (Mammalia: Chiroptera), from islands in the Torres Strait, Australia. Zootaxa, 780, 1-14.
    2004 Dratch, P., Coonan, T., & Graber, D. (2004). Predators and prey in the Channel Islands.. Science, 305(5685), 777-778.
    DOI Scopus7 Europe PMC1
    2003 Helgen, K. M. (2003). The feather-tailed glider (Acrobates pygmaeus) in New Guinea?. Treubia, 33, 107-111.
    2003 Helgen, K. M., Mathew, J., & Monta, C. A. (2003). The Harvard collection of South Asian mammals. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, 100, 100-103.
    2003 Helgen, K., & Wilson, D. (2003). Taxonomic status and conservation relevance of the raccoons (Procyon spp.) of the West Indies. Journal of Zoology, 259(1), 69-76.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS16
    2003 Helgen, K. (2003). Major mammalian clades: A review under consideration of molecular and palaeontological evidence. Mammalian Biology, 68(1), 1-15.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS12
    2003 Helgen, K., & Flannery, T. (2003). Taxonomy and historical distribution of the wallaby genus Lagostrophus. Australian Journal of Zoology, 51(3), 199-212.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6
    2003 Helgen, K. (2003). A review of the rodent fauna of Seram, Moluccas, with the description of a new subspecies of mosaic-tailed rat, Melomys rufescens paveli. Journal of Zoology, 261(2), 165-172.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS14
    2002 Helgen, K. M., & Wilson, D. E. (2002). The history of the raccoons of the West Indies. Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, 48, 1-11.
    2002 Helgen, K., & McFadden, T. (2002). Recently extinct mammals in the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Breviora, (510), 1-13.
    2002 Helgen, K., & Flannery, T. (2002). Distribution of the endangered pacific sheathtail bat Emballonura semicaudata. Australian Mammalogy, 24(2), 209-212.
    2002 Helgen, K., & Wilson, D. (2002). The bats of Flores, Indonesia, with remarks on Asian Tadarida. Breviora, (511), 1-12.
    2002 Helgen, K. (2002). Notes on a collection of mammals from the Moluccas, with new geographic records. Mammalian Biology, 67(1), 51-54.
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    2002 Helgen, K. (2002). Guillaume Grandidier's mammal collections from Madagascar. Mammalian Biology, 67(6), 381-383.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    2001 Helgen, K. (2001). First record of Rattus rattus in Botswana. Mammalian Biology : Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, 66(1), 60-62.
    2001 Helgen, K., & McFadden, T. (2001). Type specimens of recent mammals in the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 157(2), 93-181.
    2001 Helgen, K., & Wilson, D. (2001). Additional material of the enigmatic golden mole Cryptochloris zyli, with notes on the genus Cryptochloris (Mammalia: Chrysochloridae). African Zoology, 36(1), 110-112.
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  • Books

    Year Citation
    2014 Heyes, S., & Helgen, K. (Eds.) (2014). Mammals of Ungava and Labrador The 1882-1884 Fieldnotes of Lucien M. Turner Together with Inuit and Innu Knowledge. Smithsonian Inst Scholarly Press.
    2014 Heyes, S., & Helgen, K. (Eds.) (2014). Mammals of Ungava and Labrador The 1882-1884 Fieldnotes of Lucien M. Turner Together with Inuit and Innu Knowledge. Smithsonian Inst Scholarly Press.
    2010 Helgen, K., Leary, T., & Aplin, K. (2010). A review of microhydromys (Rodentia: Murinae), with description of a new species from Southern New Guinea (Vol. 3676). AMER MUSEUM NATURAL HISTORY.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6
    2010 Aplin, K., Helgen, K., & Lunde, D. (2010). A review of Peroryctes broadbenti, the giant bandicoot of Papua New Guinea (Vol. 3696). AMER MUSEUM NATURAL HISTORY.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS21
    2008 Musser, G., Helgen, K., & Lunde, D. (2008). Systematic review of New Guinea Leptomys (muridae, murinae) with descriptions of two new species (Vol. 3624). AMER MUSEUM NATURAL HISTORY.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS14
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2011 Helgen, K., Opiang, M., & Thomas, W. (2011). The mammal fauna of Wanakipa, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. In L. Alonso, J. Deichmann, S. McKenna, P. Naskrecki, & S. Richards (Eds.), RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment: Rapid Biological Assessments of the Nakanai Mountains and the Upper Strickland Basin: Surveying the Biodiversity of Papua New Guinea's Sublime Karst Envirnomnents (Vol. 60, pp. 246-258). Online: Conservation International.
    2011 Helgen, K., & Opiang, M. (2011). Notes on the high elevation mammal fauna of the Kaijende Highlands, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea. In L. Alonso, J. Deichmann, S. McKenna, P. Naskrecki, & S. Richards (Eds.), RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment: Rapid Biological Assessments of the Nakanai Mountains and the Upper Strickland Basin: Surveying the Biodiversity of Papua New Guinea's Sublime Karst Environments (Vol. 60, pp. 235-245). Conservation International.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2016 Chirchir, H., Ruff, C., Helgen, K., & Potts, R. (2016). Trabecular bone mass and daily travel distance in mammals. In FASEB Journal Vol. 30 (pp. 2 pages). San Diego, CA: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
    2016 Chirchir, H., Ruff, C. B., Helgen, K. M., & Potts, R. (2016). Trabecular Bone mass and Daily Travel Distance in Mammals. In FASEB JOURNAL Vol. 30 (pp. 2 pages). San Diego, CA: FEDERATION AMER SOC EXP BIOL.
    2016 Chirchir, H., Ruff, C. B., Helgen, K. M., & Potts, R. (2016). Trabecular Bone mass and Daily Travel Distance in Mammals. In FASEB JOURNAL Vol. 30 (pp. 2 pages). San Diego, CA: FEDERATION AMER SOC EXP BIOL.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2017 Veatch, E. G., Tocheri, M. W., Sutikna, T., Jatmiko., Saptomo, E. W., & Helgen, K. M. (2017). Shifts in the distribution of rat body sizes through time at Liang Bua: New paleoecological insights into the extinction of Homo floresiensis and other endemic taxa. Poster session presented at the meeting of AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY. New Orleans, LA: WILEY.
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