Leonard Berry, earned his Doctorate from the University of Bristol, England, with studies focusing on East and South Asia tropical environment. Twelve years residence in Eastern Africa at various university positions drew him towards an interest in natural resource management, rural development applied problems and regional planning problems.
At Clark University, Massachusetts, in 1970 he served as Professor of Geography, Graduate School of Geography Director and Provost before leaving Clark for Florida Atlantic University in 1987. In 1994 he was appointed Director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES) a state-wide center of the Florida State University System which focuses on critical environmental management, as well as education and outreach issues in Florida and in tropical, subtropical ecosystems worldwide. He has been centrally involved with global issues of land degradation and is an advisor to the Global Environmental Facility on this topic. He has studied issues of climate change in Africa and the U.S. for the past twenty years, organized a workshop on climate change in Florida in January 2006 and a state-wide conference on climate change in Florida, May 2007, in Tampa, Florida.
Dr. Berry has authored/edited 21 books, over 250 professional papers and reports and has been a consultant for UNEP, UNDP, World Bank, UNESCO, Global Mechanism and others.