Tracking ecological interactions across anthropogenic and productivity gradients to illuminate the complex dynamics of wildlife populations.
Clayton takes a population and behavioural ecology approach and ask questions such as:
How do we maximize conservation gains for wildlife populations?
How do habitat, nutrition, and mortality risks limit population density?
How do vital rates interact to produce observed population density?
What can be done to mitigate human-caused impacts on wildlife?
Clayton uses non-invasive DNA sampling to glean ecological insights that can scale from alleles to ecosystems. He track individuals with GPS collars to understand fine-scale connectivity and demography at a population-level.