Dr. Ashley Milton is an environmental science and policy expert who conducts bi-continental collaborative research in forest ecosystems. Dr. Milton’s research interests include valuation, benefit transfer, the ecology of deforestation and the links to human health, and conservation of biodiversity. Most recently, Dr. Milton spent numerous field seasons assessing vulnerability and adaptation in the Congo Basin on forest cover, climate change, community forestry, and public health. Her research has been instrumental in revealing the impact of food insecurity as a major driver of deforestation; and has identified economic mechanisms for valuating ecosystem services for the benefit of local communities under the UNREDD program. Dr. Milton’s domestic and international experience brings applied solutions to ecological health issues accomplished through trans-disciplinary teams, innovative research, scientific excellence, and long-term monitoring solutions. She currently serves as the point of contact for UDCs roll in the 11th Street Bridge Park program of constructing urban farms throughout the city.
A good community garden is a space that nurtures hope, natural abundance, and growth, and eventually moves beyond food and into the realm of relationship-building that can help sustain healthy communities.