Ashley is originally from Sparta, New Jersey, but grew up in England. She studied for a combined Bachelors and Masters in Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Southampton in the UK, spending her fourth year on placement researching active galaxies at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston. During her degree, she also completed a student internship at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, researching sites of future star formation in our galaxy.
In 2010, Ashley began her PhD in Astrophysics at Imperial College London, where her thesis focused on the relationship between star formation and supermassive black holes in galaxies. She also worked as an Astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, delivering Planetarium shows and Astronomy masterclasses.
After completing her PhD, she joined the faculty of Harrow School in England, where she taught Physics and Astronomy for three years and also supervised a variety of student Engineering projects.
In her spare time she enjoys traveling, rock music, horror movies, trying to become fluent in Greek, and drinking impressive amounts of tea.
Ashley lives on Silver Lake Road with her husband, Sotiris, her son, Aeolos, and their rescue cats, Archimedes and Koula.