Mr. Clark is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) where he was a member of Delta Tau Omega and Beta Beta Beta honor societies. He received research grants for work in paleoecology and modern ecology. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in geology and a master’s of education degree in combined sciences with teacher certification in physics, chemistry, biology, geology and mathematics. He taught geology laboratory at UTC. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army.
After retirement, he was employed with Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL) in field archeology.
The author works with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in tracking protected plants of northwest Georgia. He also volunteers as a botanical guardian for the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance, planting and monitoring the reintroduction of endangered plants to existing sites.
Jay and his wife live near Pigeon Mountain in LaFayette, Georgia.