Ronald R. Swaisgood
Dr. Swaisgood is a scientist with the San Diego Zoo and the associate director of the zoo's Center for Reproductive Studies (CRES). He has worked with a number of species including giant pandas, rhinoceros, and, of course, polar bears. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific papers and has received numerous grants and awards. The major focus of Dr. Swaisgood's current research is on scent communication, which plays a major role in solitary species like polar bears in terms of finding and competing for a mate and other aspects of social and reproductive behavior. He is also studying maternal behavior in several bear species.