Kaziranga National Park in the state of Assam, India. This park holds two-thirds of the world's one-horned rhinoceroses.
Meeting with a few Sikhs in Bomdilla, India.
Paying it forward as a Wetland Steward in one of our nation’s most diverse neighborhoods, Rainier Beach in Seattle. The Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW) is a program of the
Seattle Tilth and Seattle’s largest urban farm.
Ashley Raquel Townes (ART), is described as "a person who never meets a stranger". She has traveled to 50+ countries on 6 continents, working, learning and researching the dynamics of culturally-specific contexts, local environmental issues, and traditional knowledge systems. Over the 12 years of travel and professional development experiences, her passion for international affairs led her to become an ethnographer, environmental practitioner, and videographer. ART has learned to take a multidimensional approach to get to the root cause of global problems. She works to solve these complex problems by holding open-dialogue sessions with affected populations, dissecting and analyzing authentic data, and investigating the on-the-ground issues. She creates in-field culturally centric informational materials, research projects, infographics, real-world curriculums and short-documentaries for diverse communities. Ashley enjoys wearing many hats and cross-sector collaborating with diverse partners to improve and enhance existing programs and projects
that focus on sustainable development. Her areas of work experience and knowledge span across a variety of disciplines in both the social and natural science realm such as:
Natural resource management
Ashley is a Tufts University graduate with a dual B.A. in International studies and Japanese and obtained her M.A. in both Sustainable Development and International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute. She has worked as a Linguistic Data Analyst at the Linguistic Data Consortium that is hosted by both the University of Pennsylvania and United States Department of Defense, a Recycle Specialist at Cascadia Consulting Group, a Survey Fisheries Biologist at NOAA Fisheries and Environmental Technician at King County-Water and Land Resources Department.
She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington's School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences.