Aspiring dolphin trainer in her earlier years, Ashley decided that marine science and biology would be more practical before enrolling at the University of Miami. During this time, she studied abroad in the Galapagos. This invaluable experience, along with a post-bachelors dolphin research internship at DPMMR followed by a guest engagement internship at The Florida Aquarium, made her understand the importance of conservation education on a deeper level. During her time in graduate school back at UM, Ashley knew that she wanted to dedicate her career to educating people on the importance of our oceans. Subsequently, her thesis was a pilot study on the short-term effects of summer camp on marine knowledge. After working as an Everglades tour guide for school groups, she stepped into the AZA world by accepting a program coordinator/conservation educator position at the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Pennsylvania. But, as Moana once said, “see the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me.” Thus began this Florida native’s next adventure at Mote as a Community Engagement Education Specialist. Ashley hopes to inspire ocean stewardship among people of all ages and backgrounds, but especially Latino youth.
Bachelors in Marine Science and Biology (University of Miami, 2015)
Masters in Marine Conservation (University of Miami, 2017)