Mx Ashley Tuffin is a BSc Genetics student at Edge Hill University who is entering the final year of their degree. Whilst at EHU they have founded the Sustainability Society, which led to the revival of the allotment. They also represent the university as a Student Council Member of the Tree Charter, a Woodlands Trust initiative.
Currently, they are completing a summer internship under Dr Paul Ashton at Edge Hill University, studying plant genetics.
For 9 months from 2017-2018, they worked as a research affiliate at The Morton Arboretum (in collaboration with The Field Museum), Illinois, focusing on biomass collection for the phylogenetic diversity prairie restoration project (including analysis of biomass and its relationship with drone-based multispectral analysis), as well as the phylogeny and population genetics of American white oak species such as Quercus macrocarpa, using HybSeq next-generation sequencing.
In the summer of 2017, they completed an internship under the ERASMUS+ programme at The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), specifically, in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies in Umeå.