Troy Clayton is a senior at Southern Oregon University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology, with a focus on archaeology. Troy is also earning a minor in Land Use Planning, and a certificate in Cultural Resource Management. He is anticipating graduating cum laude in June 2015.
Troy has been professionally active in his field of study for four years as an archaeological technician for the U.S. Forest Service, through an internship with the Pathways Student Employment Program, and has also spent time conducting research for the Bureau of Land Management. In addition to gaining experience in archaeology and cultural resource management, he has also been able to obtain additional training in Wildland Fire Management. This has enabled him to assist fire crews from multiple State and Federal agencies, as a Cultural Resource Adviser on several major incidents throughout Oregon and California. He has had the opportunity to develop strong leadership skills, by acting as team lead to archaeological survey crews and in working with Burned Area Emergency Response Teams.
Troy has been actively involved in multiple community outreach programs. He is a member of the Klamath County Historical Society and the Oregon Archaeological Society. He has also taught several modules as a guest instructor at the Resources and People (RAP) Youth Summer Camp, located at Lake of the Woods, Oregon. As an instructor, he was responsible for introducing forestry related topics to urban youth. Topics covered include: archaeological research methods, cultural resource management, and the ethnobotany of the Great Basin.
In addition to his professional interests, Troy has spent countless hours researching the Native American rock art and oral traditions of the Northern Great Basin. He also has a strong academic interest in studying the ethnobotany and contact era ethnographic research associated with this region. His goal is to earn a PhD in Anthropology/Archaeology and continue working in the fields of academia and cultural resource management.
McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mark Tveskov, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology