North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and NC State University
Dr. Roland Kays is a wildlife biologist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and NC State University, as well as a research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Natural History Museum. Roland is interested in how, where, and why animals move, and his research typically involves bringing the latest technology into the wild parts of the world to discover new things. His work has allowed him to explore tropical rainforests, African savannas, and suburban woodlots. His primary expertise is with mammals, and he has studied lions, coyotes, sloths, agoutis, ocelots, and kinkajous. He was co-discoverer of the olinguito, a new species of mammal from Ecuador. However, he feels that any species can lead to good research if the scientific question is interesting, and he has also worked on toucans, egrets, orchid bees, and even the movement of plant seeds. His field work often involves running around in the woods chasing after animals - to stay in shape between project he plays ultimate frisbee, rides off-road unicycles, and tries to keep up with his two sons. He is the author of the new book: Candid Creatures: How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature.