Dr Ashton Berry

Dr Ashton Berry

Senior Lecturer in Coastal Climate Change Adaptation and Ecological Resilience

Dr Ashton Berry joined UniSey in 2014.  He completed his PhD earlier in the year at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, on the subject of sandy beach ecosystem resilience and adaptation to sea level rise.

Prior to his doctoral programme, Ashton successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from the University of Queensland; a Graduate Diploma in Climate Change Adaptation from the University of the Sunshine Coast; and a Master’s degree from that same university, in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (awarded with the Dean’s commendation for academic excellence).

Ashton has combined valuable practical experience in environmental education and management with impressive career progress as an academic.  The former includes posts as a Field Research Assistant with the University of Queensland, Environmental Officer on Fraser Island, Extension Officer for Greening Australia and Strategic Facilitator with the Australian Government. 

Before joining UniSey, Ashton gained academic experience as a course coordinator, lecturer and researcher at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  As a member of UniSey’s Environmental Science team, he brings with him expertise in the ecosystem-based adaptation of coastal and marine ecosystems to climate change, such as mangroves, sandy beaches and coral reefs.  He also enjoys a growing reputation as a clear and authoritative lecturer.

Ashton has contributed to a number of papers that have been published in refereed journals, as well as articles that he has written for newspapers and magazines.  He has undertaken consultancy projects for bodies including the Indian Ocean Commission and is fast making a name for himself in the important area of climate change adaptation.