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Jay Clark will present “Bears of the Smokies” at the Science Forum on Friday.

His talk will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Café, Rooms C-D. The 40-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion.

The Science Forum is free and open to the public. Attendees may bring their own lunch or purchase it at the café.

Clark’s presentation will summarize the research conducted by UT, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and the National Park Service about the Great Smoky Mountains’ black bear population. It will also explain how this information is critical to biologists charged with protecting and managing the population of bears in the park and surrounding mountains.

Clark is a wildlife biologist, adjunct professor at Maryville College, and a singer-songwriter. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in wildlife and fisheries science from UT and a doctorate in wildlife ecology from Oklahoma State University. Most of Clark’s research experience has focused on issues related to black bears, primarily in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, southeast Oklahoma, and populations across the Southeast.

The Science Forum began in 1933 and is one of UT’s oldest organizations. It was designed to provide the general public, students, and other researchers a chance to learn about the latest scientific research.


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