Hello! This is a temporary website for Clayton Aldern—he’s still waiting for a spare weekend to code up a real one. If you were looking for him, you’ve ended up in the right spot. This is as good as it gets for now.
I’m a journalist, a neuroscientist, and one of those nebulous catch-alls known as a consultant. I spend a lot of time thinking about—and, when I’m lucky, writing about or advising on—things like climate change, environmental justice, homelessness, science policy, digital media, machine learning, open data, and brain-computer interfaces. I also do a good bit of scientific computing (MATLAB / Python / R) and data visualization (previous languages / Tableau / Illustrator / GIS stuff).
I have a master’s in (mostly computational) neuroscience and a master’s in public policy from Oxford, where I studied as a Rhodes Scholar. I’m originally from Minnesota, and I did my undergraduate training in neuroscience at Brown. Right now, I lead the data and evaluation team for the homelessness programs at Pierce County (Washington). Before that, I was freelancing in Seattle, where I spent a good part of my day cultivating the elegantly disheveled/unwashed Pacific Northwest writerly vibe:
Some journalistic bits and bobs are under Selected Projects, and some social and professional links are at the lower left (or awkwardly left-justified above this text if you’re on a phone).
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