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Ashley is a recent graduate from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, earning a Masters in Public Health (MPH) concentrating in Environmental Health & Sustainability. She’s always had a profound love for marine biology which led her to earn a B.S. in Biology and Marine Science at Virginia Wesleyan University. While studying coastal ecology and natural resource management in Zanzibar, Tanzania, she experienced firsthand how important marine conservation is for the environment and vulnerable coastal communities dependent on healthy oceans. She also conducted abundance research on cetacean species off the Tanzanian coast by measuring the time in which surfacing and diving behaviors are observed to determine ideal conditions for future conservation studies. Because of that time in Zanzibar, she decided to pursue her MPH, to advocate for the ocean and human health connection. Ashley has also worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on community outreach projects focusing on microplastic exposure to children and building climate change resiliency among our nation’s youth. Today, she is helping to inspire the next generation to tackle our biggest environmental health and ocean conservation issues through the development of youth ambassador programs.