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Ashley works as a communications officer for the Stockholm Resilience Centre. She writes and edits various types of texts; provides video, photo, website, and social media support; as well as assists with project coordination and events when needed. She primiarly works with GRAID communications.
In 2015, Ashley completed SRC’s Masters of Science programme, and now holds a MSc in Sustainability from Stockholm University. Her thesis work, supervised by Tim Daw (SRC) and Heather Koldewey (Zoological Society of London), explored if community natural resource management systems are able to recover after a shock. She used a case of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that impacted seven fishing villages with community-based marine protected areas in Bohol, Philippines.
During and after her studies, she held multiple part-time positions at the SRC, such as a research assistant (ex. Arctic Resilience Report), teaching assistant (ex. planetary boundaries massive open online course), writer, editor, and other supporting roles.
Ashley holds Bachelor of Arts with a Honors Sepcialization in Psychology, a minor in Biology, and Certificate in Writing from the University of Western Ontario (2012). Her thesis (2011) and subsequent research assistant work (2012), supervised by Jessica Grahn, studied differences in human rhythmic abilities. She also completed two Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology courses studying: the invasive lionfish species’ impact on a reef system in Eleuthera, Bahamas (2011); and intertidal zone species in St. Andrews, Canada (2012).
From 2012-2013, Ashley worked as an assistant English teacher at Nanyo High School in Kizugawa-shi, Kyoto with the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) programme.
Ashley hopes to continue to explore how small-scale fisheries and those dependent on their resources are going to deal with big changes, such as climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing, sea level rise, and/or natural disasters, and particularly how these challenges should be governed and managed.
She also is interested in writing, photography, and film, particularly when it comes to effectively and creatively communicating science, and is continuing to hone her skills in these areas.