Ashley holds a PhD in Conservation, Planning and Environmental Management from the University of Queensland, Australia. His expertise is in conservation and recovery of large-ranging endangered species in rural and developing countries.
Ashley currently works with the WWF Tigers Alive Initiative where he works to build the foundation for a future where tigers and people coexist across the 13 tiger range countries. His work includes the development of landscape tiger action plans; strategies to protect unprotected tigers and their habitats and managing and minimising human-tiger conflict. Ashley also designs stakeholder engagement and management plans to secure tiger corridors and connected space as well as supporting economic tools that reduce human pressure on tiger habitats.
Previous to working with tigers, Ashley managed a landscape tree kangaroo conservation program and an NGO in Papua New Guinea. The tree kangaroo program was awarded the Equator Prize in 2014 and is considered the shining light for conservation across the Pacific.
Before working with tree kangaroos, Ashley worked with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He led a conservation program across Ha Long Bay, Vietnam to reduce pressure on the critically endangered primate – the Cat Ba langur, as well as elevate law enforcement by rangers to prevent poaching.