Meet Kate Berry....
ANIMAL ECOLOGIST | CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHER | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER
Kate Berry is an ecologist, adventurer and conservation photographer. At the young age of 23, her dedication to her research in animal ecology and commitment to conservation has led her on numerous, extraordinary trips, from exploring the fiords of New Zealand to swimming with Sea Lions in the Galapagos Islands. Having finished her undergraduate degree in 2018, Berry has developed a strong interest in evolution, ecophysiology and spatial ecology.
She is determined to promote conservation by capturing the beauty and wonder of the natural world through her camera lens and scientific research. Further, she hopes her commitment to research will inspire the next generation of explorers and encourage others to step outside and adventure.
In 2017, Berry was selected to represent the University of the Sunshine Coast and attend the second Annual Galapagos Conservation and Research Symposium. Whilst there, she conducted a preliminary research project on Marine Iguana biomechanics at the UNC Galapagos Science Centre. During these preliminary studies, she recognized the plight of the Marine Iguanas and the importance of understanding all aspects of their ecology. Following in the footsteps of her idols, she hopes to raise awareness and ensure the unique species is conserved through her photographic work and research.
In 2018, she received an “Early Career Grant” from National Geographic for her ‘Honours’ project, that enabled her to establish a multi-institutional study investigating the evolution and ecological considerations of Galapagos Marine Iguana locomotion and morphology. Her next expedition will entail exploring the expansive Everglades in Florida, in search of Green Iguanas and Spiny-tailed Iguanas.
When she is not out in the field, Berry works at Australia Zoo as a Photographer, where every day she gets to help inspire passion towards the natural world, turn fears into fascination and contribute to the zoo's conservation missions.