Dr. Tom Smith is an associate professor and research wildlife biologist in the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He holds a B.S. in Zoology from Brigham Young University (1982), a M.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks (1987) and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Brigham Young University (1992). His work over the past 15 years has been mainly focused on North American bear conservation and conflict management. His current studies with polar bears focus on den emergence ecology and response to human activities on the North Slope of Alaska.