Roland Kays

Head, Biodiversity Research Lab

11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


  • PhD in Zoology, University of Tennessee, 1999
  • BS in Biology, Cornell University, 1993


  • Research Professor, Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Program, NC State University
  • Research Associate, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Research Interests

Roland Kays is a zoologist with a broad interest in ecology and conservation, especially of mammals. He seeks out questions that are scientifically interesting but also have real-world relevance through educational or conservation value. He is an expert in using new technologies to study free-ranging animals, especially to track their movement with telemetry, GPS, and remote camera traps. He combines this high-tech work with traditional methods, collecting data through new field work and studies of museum collections.

For more on Roland's research please visit

Wild Animals Podcast

Crazy stories about animals, told by the people who study them.


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