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Tarsius bancanus
Lauren Helgen
    Lauren E. Helgen
    Research Collaborator

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B.S. Hons. (Evolutionary Biology): University of Adelaide, 2002
B.Biotech.: University of Adelaide, 2001

Research Interests

My work draws on museum specimens and genetic data to resolve systematic relationships and taxonomy in a variety of mammals. I am also active in field surveys and have worked in Australia, Kenya, Malaysia, and Vanuatu. In addition to mammals, I have worked in the past on the systematics and ecology of marine invertebrates and moths.

Some mammals I am currently studying include olingos (Bassaricyon), echidnas (Zaglossus), honey possums (Tarsipes), and Kenyan small mammals, particularly the rodents Mus and Zelotomys.

Recent Publications

Young, Hillary S., Dirzo, Rodolfo, McCauley, Douglas J., Agwanda, Bernard, Cattaneo, Lia, Dittmar, Katharina, Eckerlin, Ralph P., Fleischer, Robert C., Helgen, Lauren E., Hintz, Ashley, Montenieri, John, Zhao, Serena and Helgen, Kristofer M. 2015. Drivers of intensity and prevalence of flea parasitism on small mammals in East African savanna ecosystems. Journal of Parasitology, 101(3): 327-335. doi:10.1645/14-684.1

Helgen, Kristofer M., Pinto, C. Miguel, Kays, Roland, Helgen, Lauren, Tsuchiya, Mirian, Quinn, Aleta J., Wilson, Don E. and Maldonado, Jesús E. 2013. Taxonomic revision of the olingos (Bassaricyon), with description of a new species, the Olinguito. ZooKeys, 324: 1-83. doi:10.3897/zookeys.324.5827

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