Dr. Clay Comstock is a faculty member in the Department of Life Sciences at Salish Kootenai College (SKC), a tribal college in western Montana. He is responsible for advising undergraduates in the environmental health sciences track and teaches core departmental courses in chemistry such as introductory, general, organic, and biological. He also teaches environmental chemistry and environmental toxicology courses, that infuse indigenous perspectives, to seniors in the environmental health sciences track.
Committed to providing undergraduates a competitive research experience, he has mentored undergraduates at every level of his education and training. He currently heads an R25 from the NIH-NIEHS to advance the resource and research opportunities for indigenous students in the environmental health sciences. He is also funded by the NSF to evaluate methyl-mercury levels in the local watershed and has an ongoing collaboration with Montana Tech to understand wildfire smoke exposure and control on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
Complementing his environmental-based teaching and research endeavors, he has previously served as a full-time, professional editor for well-respected journals devoted to the molecular mechanisms and epidemiology of cancer. Dr. Comstock’s previous editorial experience combined with his current service on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for SKC provides additional mentoring capacity in the areas of publishing ethics and research integrity.
Departmental page: https://lifesci.skc.edu/dr-comstock/