Staff profile

Dr Clayton Butterly

Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering
School of Life Sciences
Department of Agricultural Sciences
AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience

AgriBio, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) (Murdoch University) PhD (University of Adelaide)

Membership of professional associations

Australian Society of Soil Science; International Union of Soil Sciences

Area of study

Agricultural Sciences

Brief profile

After graduating with a BSc Hons at Murdoch University, Clayton worked as a Technical Officer at CSIRO Plant Industry investigating nitrogen cycling and water movement in Western Australian farming systems. In 2000, he joined the Department of Agriculture and Food in Western Australia researching high water-use farming systems and in 2003 was appointed Research Officer at The University of Adelaide on a similar project. Clayton's interest in soil ecology and nutrient cycling led him to undertake a PhD (Drying/rewetting cycles and the turnover of phosphorus, carbon and the microbial biomass) with the Soil Science group at The University of Adelaide, WAITE Research Institute which he completed in 2008. He was awarded the 2006 K P Barley Prize from the Faculty of Sciences and also recieved the C G Stephens Award from the Australian Society of Soil Science for best PhD in 2008.

Clayton joined La Trobe University in 2008 as a Postdoctoral Fellow investigating the role of organic matter in soil pH change in agro-ecosystems. In 2011 he commenced a new project 'Below-ground processes: filling the missing gap in predicting the response of grain production systems to elevated carbon dioxide in southern Australia.'

Research interests

Soil science

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Recent publications

Journal papers.

Wang, L., Butterly, C R., Wang, Y., Herath, H M S K., Xi, Y G. and Xiao, X J. (2014). Effect of crop residue biochar on soil acidity amelioration in strongly acidic tea garden soils. Soil Use and Management. 30:119-128.

Rukshana, F., Butterly, C R., Xu, J M., Baldock, J A. and Tang, C. (2014). Organic anion-to-acid ratio influences pH change of soils differing in initial pH. Journal of Soils and Sediments. 14: 407-414.

Rukshana, F., Butterly, C R., Xu, J M., Baldock, J A. and Tang, C. (2013). Soil organic carbon contributes to alkalinity priming induced by added organic substrates. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 65: 217-226.

Wang, Y., Liu, X., Butterly, C., Tang, C. and Xu, J. (2013). pH change, carbon and nitrogen mineralization in paddy soils as affected by Chinese milk vetch addition and soil water regime. Journal of Soils and Sediments. 13(4): 654-663.

Jin, J., Tang, C., Armstrong, R., Butterly, C. and Sale, P. (2013).  Elevated CO2 temporally enhances phosphorus immobilization in the rhizosphere of wheat and chickpea. Plant and Soil. 368(1-2): 315-328.

Butterly, C R., Baldock, J A. and Tang, C. (2013). The contribution of crop residues to changes in soil pH under field conditions. Plant and Soil. 366(1-2): 185-198.

Rukshana, F., Butterly, C R., Baldock, J A., Xu, J M. and Tang, C. (2012). Model organic compounds differ in priming effects on alkalinity release in soils through carbon and nitrogen mineralisation. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 51: 35-43.

Wang, L., Butterly, C R., Yang, X L., Wang, Y., Herath H M S K. and Jiang, X. (2012). Use of crop residues and alkaline slag to ameliorate soil acidity in an Ultisol. Soil Use and Management. 28: 148-156.

Butterly, C R., Bhatta Kaudal, B., Baldock, J A. and Tang, C. (2011).  Contribution of soluble and insoluble fractions of agricultural residues to short-term pH changes. European Journal of Soil Science. 62: 718-727.

Butterly, C R., McNeill, A M., Baldock, J A. and Marschner, P. (2011). Changes in water content of two agricultural soils does not alter labile P and C pools. Plant and Soil. 348: 185-201.

Butterly, C R., McNeill, A M., Baldock, J A. and Marschner, P. (2011). Rapid changes in carbon and phosphorus following rewetting a dry soil. Biology and Fertility of Soils. 47 (1): 41-50.

Rukshana, F., Butterly, C R., Baldock, J A. and Tang, C. (2011). Model organic compounds differ in their effects on pH changes in two soils differing in initial pH. Biology and Fertility of Soils. 47 (1): 51-62.

Butterly, C R., Marschner, P., McNeill, A M. and Baldock, J A. (2010). Rewetting CO2 pulses in Australian agricultural soils and the influence of soil properties. Biology and Fertility of Soils. 46 (7): 739-753.

Butterly, C R., Bünemann, E K., McNeill, A M., Baldock, J A. and Marschner, P. (2009). Carbon pulses but not phosphorus pulses are related to decreases in microbial biomass during repeated drying and rewetting of soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 41: 1406-1416.

 

Conference papers.

Butterly, C R., Armstrong, R D., Chen, D., and Tang, C. (2013). Elevated CO2 and rhizosphere carbon priming affect the decomposition of crop residues. IUSS Global Soil Carbon Conference, Madison, USA.

Butterly, C R., Armstrong, R D., Chen, D., Mathers N J. and Tang, C. (2012). 13CO2 pulse-labelling of wheat and field pea: effect of elevated CO2 and N level. Soils2012, Hobart, Australia.

Butterly, C R., Armstrong, R D., Chen, D., Mathers N J. and Tang, C. (2012).  Effect of elevated CO2 and N level on growth of wheat and field pea. In: Yunusa, I., Blair, GJ. (eds) Capturing Opportunities and Overcoming Obsticles in Australian Agronomy. Australian Society of Agronomy, Armidale, p 54.

Butterly, C R., Baldock, J A. and Tang, C. (2012).  Alkalinity generation by agricultural residues under field conditions. In: Xu, J M., Wu, J., He, Y. (eds) Functions of natural organic matter in changing environment. Springer/Zhejiang University Press, Hangzhou, China, p 263.

Butterly, C R., Baldock, J A. and Tang, C. (2010). Chemical mechanisms of soil pH change by agricultural residues. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Brisbane, Australia.

Butterly, C R., Baldock, J A., Xu, J M. and Tang, C. (2009).  Is the alkalinity within agricultural residues soluble? In: Xu, J M., Huang, P M. (eds) Molecular Environmental Soil Science at the Interfaces in the Earths Critical Zone: Springer/Zhejiang University Press, Hangzhou, China, p 316.

Wang, Y F., Zhou, L., Wu, J J., Butterly, C R., Tang, C. and Xu, J M. (2009). Soil microbial biomass and pH as affected by the addition of plant residues. In: Xu, J M., Huang, P M. (eds) Molecular Environmental Soil Science at the Interfaces in the Earths Critical Zone: Springer/Zhejiang University Press, Hangzhou, China, p 322.

Rukshana, F., Butterly, C R., Xu, J M., Baldock, J A. and Tang, C. (2009). Carbon compounds differ in their effects on soil pH and microbial respiration. In: Xu, J M., Huang, P M. (eds) Molecular Environmental Soil Science at the Interfaces in the Earths Critical Zone: Springer/Zhejiang University Press, Hangzhou, China, p 333.

Butterly, C R., Bunemann, E K., Marschner, P., McNeill, A M. and Baldock, J A. (2009). Repeated drying and rewetting of soils with different microbial biomass: effect on phosphorus and Carbon dynamics. BIOGEOMON 2009, Helsinki, Finland.

Butterly, C R., Baldock, J A. and Tang, C. (2008). Effect of initial soil pH and organic matter type on soil pH change. Soils 2008, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Butterly, C R., Bunemann, E K., Marschner, P., McNeill, A M. and Baldock, J A. (2006). Repeated drying and rewetting of soil increases carbon mineralisation and phosphorus availability. ASSSI - ASPAC National Soils Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

Butterly, C R., Bunemann, E K., Marschner, P., McNeill, A M. and Baldock, J A. (2006). Phosphorus dynamics during drying and rewetting. 3rd International Symposium - Phosphorus dynamics in the soil-plant continuum. Uberlandia, Brazil.

Butterly, C R., Bunemann, E K., Marschner, P., McNeill, A M. and Baldock, J A. (2006). Phosphorus dynamics during drying and rewetting. 18th World Congress of Soil Science. Philadelphia, USA.

Research projects

DAFF Filling the Research Gap (FtRG: Round 2) - Managing biological, physical and chemical constraints to soil carbon storage

ARC Linkage (LP 100200757) - Below-ground processes: filling the missing gap in predicting the response of grain production systems to elevated carbon dioxide in southern Australia