Ashley graduated with a Master’s degree in environmental management at the Duke University Marine Lab. She is professionally interested in working alongside developing countries to increase the capacity of communities to respond and adapt to climate change.
Ashley spent the summer of 2014 as a Coastal Advocacy and Policy intern at the North Carolina Coastal Federation where she worked on a series of projects including drafting a public use plan for 6,000 acres of prior converted wetlands and drafting a report on coastal restoration as a strategy for rural economic development. At The Federation, she also worked with staff and community members on salt marsh restoration and oyster sill projects. Ashley’s Master’s project is a client based project for the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development in Belize titled “A preliminary assessment of the blue carbon potential of Belizean mangroves.” She is completing this project with fellow labmates Sylvia Chang and Emma Kelley.