Ashley is employed by the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science and joined the department in 2022 as an Honorary Research Fellow in a position that fosters collaboration between the RSPB and EHU. Ashley’s research focuses on many aspects of upland ecology and she is currently running a long term upland experiment at RSPB Haweswater in the Lake District.
Ashley completed her PhD in ecology here in the Department of Biology, investigating the impact of grazing management on biodiversity in upland calcareous grasslands. Following this she held a postdoctoral position where she produced a management document to be used by conservation practitioners and organised the inaugural Grassland Conservation Conference. Ashley also spent time at the Georg August University in Göttingen, Germany, working with the Agroecology department on a research project examining biodiversity in lowland calcareous grasslands. Following this Ashley held a Lectureship in conservation biology at Liverpool Hope University, before joining the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science in 2021.
Ashley is the convenor of the Royal Entomological Society’s Insect Ecology Special Interest Group and is a linguistic editor for Palearctic Grasslands.