Associate Professor Dr. Ashton J. Berry
Head of Research, James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ashton J. Berry joined UniSey in 2014. He completed his PhD in 2015 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 and practitioner. Former positions include posts as a Field Research Assistant with the University of Queensland, Extension Officer for Greening Australia and Strategic Facilitator Natural Resource Management for the Australian Government. Ashton also spent two years as an Eco-tour Guide on Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia.
Before joining UniSey, Ashton gained academic experience as a course coordinator, lecturer and researcher at the University of the Sunshine Coast. As Head of Research of UniSey’s James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute and Environmental Science team, his research interests include sandy beach, seagrass and mangrove ecosystem resilience and ecosystem-based adaptation to sea level rise; innovative agricultural and horticultural technologies; social perceptions and resilience to climate change; and renewable energy technologies. 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, Island Conservation Society and UNDP, and is fast making a name for himself in the important area of climate change adaptation.