DR Clayton Butterly

DR Clayton Butterly


  • Nutrient Management
  • Soil Fertility



  • Clayton is a Lecturer in Soil Science in the School of Agriculture and Food, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. His research interests include soil organic matter and nutrient cycling, soil acidity, soil-plant interactions and climate change in Agricultural systems. He is particularly interested in expanding research activity and developing new linkages in the areas of nutrient re-use and recycling, agricultural waste management, soil contamination/remediation and sustainability. From 2019, he will coordinate a new subject ‘Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management’ (AGRI30047). Clayton has a BSc (Hons) from Murdoch University and a PhD in Soil Science from The University of Adelaide. He was awarded the K P Barley Prize (Faculty of Science) and the C G Stephens Award (Soil Science Australia) for his PhD thesis. Prior to joining The University of Melbourne, Clayton held post-doc positions at La Trobe University and worked on a number of research projects in cropping systems across Australia. He is the current Treasurer of the Victorian Branch of Soil Science Australia and holds Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS) accreditation.   


Member of

  • Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) American Society of Agronomy (ASA). Member 2018 -
  • Soil Science Australia. Treasurer, Victorian Branch 2013 -
  • Australian Society of Agronomy. Member 2012 -
  • Soil Science Australia. Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS) 2012 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, Adelaide University 2008
  • BSc (Hons), Murdoch University 2003


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Looking to connect with Graduate and Undergraduate research students with research interests in;
    • Soil organic matter and nutrient cycling
    • Soil acidity and amelioration of subsoil constraints
    • Soil-plant interactions
    • Climate change
    • Nutrient re-use and recycling
    • Agricultural waste management
    • Soil contamination and remediation
    • Sustainability
    Graduate Research (PhD, MPhil) and Honours projects available.