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Ashley’s work at the SRC is spilt between two roles: GRAID project assistant, and SRC communications officer.
As a project assistant for the GRAID programme, Ashley works closely with the GRAID director, Belinda Reyers, to help coordinate activities across the entire programme and between GRAID partners and hubs. In 2017, Ashley will also help to co-produce a new massive open online course (MOOC) on resilience and development in the Anthropocene.
Ashley also works as a communications officer for the Stockholm Resilience Centre. She primarily writes, edits, and formats various texts; provides video, photo, and social media support; and assists with events when needed.
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 MOOC), writer, editor, and other supporting roles.
Ashley holds Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) 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. She also is interested in writing, photography, and film, particularly when it comes to effectively and creatively communicating science, and plans to continue to hone her skills in these areas.