Christy Clay, Ph.D.
B.A. Colorado College
Ph.D. University of Utah
Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
Associate Professor, 2012- present; Assistant Professor, Fall 2007 - 2012
BIOL 106 Principles of Biology II and Lab
BIOL 110 Environmental Biology
BIOL 203 Introduction to Ecology
BIOL 210 Environmental Biology and Lab
BIOL 404 Ecology and Lab
BIOL 420 Senior Seminar
BIOL 300/ENVI 300 Disease Ecology and Conservation
BIOL 300/ENVI 300 History and Science of Sustainable Agriculture
ENVI 101 Intro to Environmental Studies
ENVI 405 Senior Seminar
EDUC 342/MAT 632 Elementary Science Methods
Other Teaching Experience:
Instructor, Field Ecology, Southern Utah University, Summer 2008
Instructor, Advanced Field Mammalogy, University of Utah, Summer 2005
Instructor, Environmental Institute for Teachers, Utah Society for Environmental Education
/US Environmental Protection Agency, Summer 1998, Summer 1999
Biophysical challenges of urban agriculture, 2014 to present – estimating the impact of environmental pollutants on urban agroecosystems by measuring plant growth/productivity, insect pests and soil microbial diversity; in collaboration with Dr. Sam Wortman at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Dr. Betsy Kleba, Westminster College.
Urban stream health: macroinvertebrates and periphyton as indicators, 2012-2014: assessment of the impact of urbanization and nutrient inputs on riparian ecosystems that originate in the Wasatch mountains and travel through the Salt Lake metropolitan area; in collaboration with Drs. Gabriel Bowen and Jim Ehleringer at University of Utah and Dr. Steven Emerman at Utah Valley University.
Endoparasites and environmental contaminants in shorebirds of the Great Salt Lake 2008- 2011: a survey of demographic variables that influence endoparasites and heavy metal contamination of birds at GSL; in collaboration with Dr. John Cavitt, Weber State University, and Dr. Judy Rogers, Westminster College.
E.coli and water quality monitoring of Emigration and Parley's Creeks, Salt Lake County, Utah, 2009 - 2012: a collaborative project with Utah Department of Water Quality to determine seasonal patterns and sources of E.coli along each of the creeks.
Ecological monitoring of spruce-bark beetle infestation in Brian Head/Cedar Breaks, Dixie National Forest, 1998-2011: a long-term survey of the spruce bark beetle infestation in Dixie National Forest, including surveys of small mammals, insects, indicator-species birds, and evaluations of habitat quality.
Ecological factors affecting transmission and prevalence of Sin Nombre hantavirus in Peromyscus maniculatus (University of Utah, Dr. Denise Dearing, fall 2002-2007): Investigating the effect of species diversity, habitat disturbance and vegetation structure on hantavirus prevalence in deer mice
Mechanisms for dietary specialization in mammalian herbivores (University of Utah, Dr. Denise Dearing, fall 2001-spring 2002): Used a pharmacokinetic approach to examine decreased toxin absorption as a mechanism for dietary specialization in woodrats
Energetic tradeoffs of detoxification in generalist and specialist woodrats (University of Utah, Dr. Denise Dearing, fall 2000-fall 2001): Examined the quantitative and qualitative differences in detoxification of plant secondary compounds between several species of woodrats
Monitoring Bats of Brian Head/Cedar Breaks, Dixie National Forest (Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources, Keith Day, summer 2000, 2001); Surveyed diversity and abundance of bat species in areas of spruce-bark beetle infestation and habitat disturbance
Survey of Southern Utah bat populations before and after mine closures (Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources, Keith Day, summer 2000): Monitored population and behavioral changes in several species of bats before and after the installation of gates across abandoned mines
Vegetation Assessment of Brian Head/Cedar Breaks, Dixie National Forest (Southern Utah University, Dr. Kate Grandison, summer 1999); Evaluated vegetation diversity and composition along forest transects with spruce-bark beetle infestation
Ecological Monitoring of Spruce-Bark Beetle Infestation in Brian Head/Cedar Breaks, Dixie National Forest (Southern Utah University, Dr. Kate Grandison, 1998-2001); Surveyed small mammals, insect populations, indicator-species birds, evaluated habitat quality