B.S. Zoology/Marine Biology, M.S. Microbiology/Plant Pathology, Ph.D. Botany/Mycology
Dr. Clay earned both his B.S. in Zoology/Marine Biology and his M.S. in Microbiology/Plant Pathology from Auburn University, followed by his Ph.D. in Botany/Mycology from University of Georgia. He also earned the Geographic Information Sciences certification from University of North Georgia and currently holds a 'Georgia T-7 Broad-field Science, 6-12' teaching certification, clear renewable, from University of Georgia. He also holds AP Biology, AP Environmental Science and Gifted certifications.
Dr. Clay has extensive teaching experience at both the high school and college levels where he taught all manner of biological sciences, chemistry and physics. He also has extensive experience in scientific research at both the laboratory bench and in the field and has published over 20 primary research articles spanning microbes, fungi, protists, plants and animals.
Fun Facts and Hobbies
- Dr. Clay is an accomplished scientific and artistic glassblower.
- Dr. Clay once took 1st-Place at a long-distance shooting competition where 2nd and 3rd places went to the two Georgia Dept. of Corrections Sniper Team instructors.
- As a Research Professional III at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center in Athens, GA, Dr. Clay developed and characterized monoclonal antibodies directed to plant carbohydrates and used them to analyze plants (Arabidopsis thaliana) grown in zero gravity on the space shuttle for NASA.