Clayton holds a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Edinburgh. For his honours-level thesis, Clayton studied ecosystem resilience to large-scale disturbance events. His project focused on using remote sensing technology to determine the impacts of Cyclone Idai and earlier cyclone events on the miombo woodland of Mozambique.
Clayton has undertaken numerous ecological assessments within the Sydney region and has conducted detailed vegetation surveys for the purpose of producing REFs, Vegetation Management Plans and Ecological Assessments for several residential subdivisions, and infrastructure developments in the greater Sydney region. Clayton has also assisted with several independent environmental audits for a variety of developments.
Clayton has previously worked for the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as a Conservation Assessment Officer. In this position, his duties included: taking lead on the development of a multi-national Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds; developing Listing Assessments, Conservation Advice, and Recovery Plans for bushfire-affected species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act); and, carrying out public and expert consultation on draft Conservation Advice and Listing Assessments. He was also involved in the post-fire recovery working group for the Gang-Gang Cockatoo, and the conservation action steering committee for migratory shorebirds.