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Tom Smith

Associate Professor
Plant & Wildlife Sciences

5050 LSB
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

Tom Smith was born in Sandusky, Ohio in December 1955. He was raised in Indiana for most of his youth and attended Purdue University for his first year of college. During that time he became a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission to Tokyo, Japan (1976-1978). Upon returning Tom completed a 4 year BS degree at Brigham Young University. Seeking a MS degree at the University of Alaska - Fairbanks, Tom studied reindeer winter foraging behavior in western Alaska (1984-1987). Returning to BYU to study under Dr. Jerran Flinders Tom completed a 5 year PhD program focused on the ecology and management of mountain sheep in northeastern Utah (1986-1992). Tom was then hired by the National Park Service in southwestern Alaska where he served from 1992-2006 as a research biologist for the NPS and USGS. In 2006 Tom and his family relocated to Provo, Utah to serve on the Wildlife and Wildlands Faculty of Brigham Young University. Tom and his wife Cynthia have been married for 36 years and have 4 children.

Research Interests

Tom's research interests include wildife-human conflicts, particularly involving all three species of North American bears and mountain sheep. More recent work includes the Indian Sloth Bear and Bobcat.

Teaching Interests

Tom's teaching interests include environmental biology, wildlife management techniques, wildlife behavior, safety in the workplace and carnivore conservation.

Licenses and Certifications

  • National Rifle Association, National Rifle Association Firearms Instructor (2012 - 2014)

Honors and Awards

  • Appreciation for Mentoring, Anchorage School District & Gifted Mentorship Program (1999 - 1999)
  • Outstanding Accomplishment Award, US Geological Survey (1998 - 1998)
  • Certificate of Appreciation, National Park Service (1994 - 1994)
  • Outstanding PhD dissertation, Sigma XI Society (1992 - 1992)
  • Outstanding student paper award, The Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society (1992 - 1992)

Memberships

  • National Rifle Association (2012 - 2014)
  • Desert Bighorn Council (2000 - 2014)
  • International Association of Bear Management and Research (1994 - 2014)
  • The Wildlife Society (1990 - 2014)
  • The Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council (1986 - 2014)

Professional Citizenship

  • Committee/Council Member, IUCN Polar Bear Conflict Working Group (2017 - 2019)
  • Other, Polar Bears International (2008 - 2019)
  • Conference-Related Role, International Association of Bear Research and Management (2011 - 2013)
  • Board Member, Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society (2011 - 2012)
  • Officer, The Wildlife Society - Utah Chapter (2010 - 2011)
  • Editor, Associate Editor, Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council (2009 - 2009)

Courses Taught

Publications

Thomas Robert Sharp Shanmugavelu Swaminathan Attur Shanmugan Arun Thomas Scott Smith Kartick Satyanarayan Geeta Seshamani Thomas Scott Scott Smith James M. Wilder Geoff York Blake Billings Thomas Scott Smith Steven C, Amstrup BJ Kirschhoffer Geoffrey York Wesley Glen Larson Thomas Scott Smith Thomas S Smith John Gookin Bryan G Hopkins Samantha Henrie Thompson Rusty W. Robinson Thomas S Smith Jericho C. Whiting Justin M Shannon Wesley Larson Thomas S Smith Wesley Larson Thomas S. Smith Geoffrey York Thomas Scott Smith Stephen M. Herrero Kanalu Sproat Nathan R. Martinez Thomas S Smith Guy Wallace Pam Riddle Amy J Gooch Steven L Petersen Gail H Collins Thomas Scott Smith Brock R McMillan Dennis Lee Eggett Jay W. Olson Karen D. Rode Dennis Lee Eggett Thomas Scott Smith R. R. Wilson George M. Durner Anthony Fischbach Todd C. Atwood David C. Douglas Julie A. Miller Thomas Scott Smith Janene Auger Hal Black Loreen Allphin Julie A. Miller Thomas Scott Smith Janene Auger Hal L. Black Loreen Allphin John Gookin Thomas Scott Smith Alison Williams Thomas Scott Smith Rusty Robinson Randy T Larsen BJ Kirschhoffer Justin M Shannon Jericho C. Whiting Brent Larsen Adams Daniel D Olson Jerran Trueman Flinders Thomas Scott Smith R. Terry Bowyer Thomas Scott Smith Thomas Scott Smith Thomas Scott Smith Jared Oyster Steven T. Partridge Ian Martin Thomas Scott Smith Stephen Herrero Cali Layton Strong Randy T Larsen Kathryn Johnson Thomas Scott Smith Rusty Robinson Steven C. Amstrup Cheryl Rosa Stephen Herrero Andrew Higgins J. E. Cardoza L. I. Hajduk Thomas Scott Smith

Presentations

Wesley W. Larson Thomas S Smith
James Wilder Thomas S. Smith Martyn Obbard
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Wesley G. Larson Thomas S. Smith
Kyle Muncey Thomas Scott Smith Jace Taylor
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John Kirschhoffer Thomas Scott Smith Wesley G. Larson Rusty W. Robinson Jay W. Olson
Bryan G Hopkins Thomas Scott Smith Samantha Henrie John Gookin
Thomas Scott Smith Martyn Obbard Kassie Siegel
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Amy J Gooch Steven L Petersen Brock R McMillan Thomas Scott Smith
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Amy J Gooch Steven L Petersen Gail Collins Thomas Scott Smith Brock R McMillan
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