-PhD Candidate, Deakin University Melbourne, AUS, 2016-current
-MSc Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston, USA, 2013-2016
-Internship, Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory, USA 2011-2012
-BSc Marine Biology (University and Departmental Honors), University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA, 2007-2011
-Awarded Deakin Industry PhD Scholarship, 2016-2019, to investigate “The Future of Coastal Wetlands Under Rising Sea Levels.”
-Masters Thesis, 2016, Utilizing citizen science to assess bird community composition within a changing marsh-mangrove ecotone in Texas.
-Coastal regime shifts: Rapid responses of coastal wetlands to changes in mangrove density. In Review, Guo H,….Whitt AA, et al., Ecology
Ashley’s career as a marine ecologist has focused on understanding anthropogenic impacts to coastal habitats such as oyster reefs, seagrass beds, saltmarshes and mangroves. Her research aims to provide the necessary analyses to implement efficient management strategies. Currently, her PhD research investigates how to ensure the persistence of mangroves and saltmarshes under rising sea-level scenarios in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay. Her work integrates GIS technology, multi-proxy paleoecological techniques and surveyor records to address historical distributions of marshes/mangroves, how sea level affects blue carbon storage, and how to facilitate marsh/mangrove long-term survival and resilience to climate change effects.