IamA discoverer of the world's newest named mammal, olinguito -- AMA! (Today at noon EDT)
I'll be taking questions here from 12 – 2 today. Ask Me Anything!
I'm Kris Helgen, research scientist and head of mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the largest museum collection of mammals in the world. We just announced a new species of mammal/carnivore, olinguito! Read more here: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/For-the-First-Time-in-35-Years-A-New-Carnivorous-Mammal-Species-is-Discovered-in-the-Western-Hemisphere--219762981.html#New-Mammal-Olinguito-1.png
About my background, I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide in Australia, studying the evolution of mammals on the island of New Guinea. My work focuses especially on biological expeditions to the tropics and historical research in museum collections to document mammalian biodiversity and to study environmental change. I've worked as a zoologist in 50 countries and discovered 100 species of living mammals. I'm originally from Minnesota and now live in Virginia with my wife Lauren Helgen, also a zoologist.
OK, thanks everyone for great questions! Have to get back to work here at the Smithsonian! Signing off: Olinguito!