Originally from Toledo, Oh, Ashley is current working on her Masters in the geology program at Indiana State University. She graduated in the spring of 2008 from Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio as a double major in Environmental Science and Geology with a minor in Biology.
Ashley participated in the summer of 2007 in a Keck Geology Consortium Internship in St. Croix, U.S.V.I. Her research there focused on the taphonomy of mollusks derived from soft sediment cores. Her paper titled, “Taphonomy of Mollusc Species Found in Lagoonal Cores of Smuggler’s Cove, U.S.V.I.” can be found in the Keck Consortium publication. Ashley’s marine endeavors have also included marine ecology and environmental geology studies in the Bahamas using her SCUBA certification to study hurricane impacts, participate in a Diadema ecology project, and GPS navigation technologies.
Ashley has also worked with an Ohio environmental company, Hull & Associates Inc., to make field observations and animal identifications of three wetland mitigation sites where the results were part of a report submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ohio EPA.