Clayton Lutz is the Wildlife Diversity Biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Southcentral region. His primary responsibility is to improve wildlife habitat for species of greatest conservation need by provided technical assistance to private landowners. Clayton previously worked in the Game Commission’s Deer and Elk Section as a Biologist Aide, where he captured, tagged, and tracked deer in WMU 4B.
Clayton received a Bachelor’s degree from Juniata College with a dual major in Ecology and Environmental Science. While at Juniata, he conducted research on the nesting ecology of map turtles. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Wildlife Science for Penn State University. His thesis is titled, “Dispersal Patterns in Female White-tailed Deer”.
Clayton was previously a biologist for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, where he worked on the management and research of Nongame species, such as the desert tortoise, Sonoran tiger salamander, and the Kanab ambersnail. He has also worked for a private environmental consultant, primarily performing research on Indiana bat migration and habitat use, as well as to administer presence/absence surveys in relation to wind energy development.
Growing up in Blair County, Clayton developed his passion for wildlife by exploring the ridges and valleys of central Pennsylvania. Clayton is a life long outdoorsman and enjoys turkey hunting, archery and muzzleloader hunting for deer, camping, fishing, and gardening. Clayton is a member of the PA chapter of the Wildlife Society. He lives with his wife and young daughter in Mifflin County.