Berkley was born in Colorado and grew up in Texas and Oregon and initially thought he would pursue a career in business up until a year after graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in microbiology. Along the way he founded a granola bar company and worked as a product manager for what is now the METER Group, where he was able to attend his first graduate course in environmental biophysics. It was there that he realized his passion for understanding the world through a scientific lens and headed for graduate school at Washington State University studying Molecular Plant Sciences with Dr. Asaph Cousins. Following a postdoc with Don Ort at the University of Illinois he received an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship hosted by Andreas Weber at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany. He is now thrilled to start his first independent position at MSU within the Plant Research Laboratory. When he is not thinking about fluxes of energy or carbon, he enjoys hiking, bike-riding or experiencing new cultures with his family.