B.A. in Anthropology, University of Rhode Island
M.S. in Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Rhode Island
Ph.D. in Soil Science from Oregon State University
Ashley has been working with the Ruark research group as a postdoctoral research assistant managing projects investigating the effects of cover crops on nitrogen response curves for cover crops. She has also recently began working with Dr. Matt Ruark and Dr. Erin Silva on a project regarding soil health in Wisconsin. Her previous research has included the impact of using residual waste materials as soil amendments on greenhouse gas emissions (M.S.) and the impacts of anaerobically digested dairy manure on soil C and N cycling, with a particular focus on nitrification (Ph.D.). She is also interested in the importance of local and traditional ecological knowledge in creating sustainable systems, soil microbiology, and environmental remediation. Most of her free time is spent with her two dogs, practicing yoga, and trying to keep her house plants from dying.