Ashley possesses knowledge and expertise using GIS software for modelling air pollutant distribution, and the potential land use parameters that may influence air pollutant concentrations. Ashley’s recent work aims to determine the broad scale associations between air pollutants and urban forestry. This work will enable the ability to associate a given density of green space to its air pollutant amelioration potential. Thus, predictions on the air quality improvements that would occur for a given increase in urban green space density or extent, along with credentialing urban greening projects that have already occurred can be made.
Ashley has demonstrated success in a professional environment through dedication, determination, and a continued willingness to learning wherever possible. This has resulted in multiple professional and academic outputs and various awards including:
- The Dean’s Merit Awardee for Academic Excellence for the Faculty of Science, UTS: University of Technology Sydney (2016 and 2018)
- Scholarship Awardee for the Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend to undertake the Doctor of Philosophy: Science, UTS: University of Technology Sydney (2018)
Douglas ANJ, Torpy FR, Irga PJ (2018) Sydney’s urban forestry diversity mosaic and its impact on air pollution. International Urban Forestry Congress 2018.
Douglas ANJ, Irga PJ, Torpy FR (2018) A competitive model for determining air pollution in urban areas: The establishment of the spatial relationship between urban forestry and air pollution mitigation. International Urban Forestry Congress 2018.
Douglas ANJ, Pettit T, Braun, JT, Irga PJ, Torpy FR (2018) Do policy instruments influence the uptake and implementation of green infrastructure? International Urban Forestry Congress 2018.
- ACEDD Scholar Award in recognition of outstanding academic performance in the Bachelor of Environmental Forensics (Honours, 2017)
- Scholarship Awardee to Saga University, Saga Prefecture, Japan to study Japanese history, language and culture (2016)
- Parliamentary mention by Mr Jamie Parker (Balmain) acknowledging and congratulating the members of Leichhardt Youth Council for their dedication to youth issues and events (2013)
- International Women’s Day Honour Roll Awardee for Leichhardt Council (2010)
- Sydney Inner West Regional Volunteer of the Year Award for The NSW Centre for Volunteering (2007)
- Commonwealth Bank Green Ambassador Award for Conservation Volunteers Australia (2006)
Ashley possesses knowledge across a broad range of subjects and topics that has enabled her to successfully teach in:
- Experimental Design and Sampling
- Environmental Remediation
- The Biosphere
- GIS and Remote Sensing
- Environmental Protection and Management
Douglas, ANJ, Irga, PJ & Torpy, FR 2019, 'Determining broad scale associations between air pollutants and urban forestry: A novel multifaceted methodological approach', ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, vol. 247, pp. 474-481.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Irga, P, Pettit, T, Irga, R, Paull, N, Douglas, A & Torpy, F 2019, 'Does plant species selection in functional active green walls influence VOC phytoremediation efficiency?', Environmental Science and Pollution Research.
Douglas, A, Torpy, F, Surawski, N & Irga, P 2018, 'Mapping Urban Aerosolized Fungi: Predicting Spatial and Temporal Indoor Concentrations', HUMAN ECOLOGY REVIEW, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 81-103.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Irga, PJ, Braun, JT, Douglas, ANJ, Pettit, T, Fujiwara, S, Burchett, MD & Torpy, FR 2017, 'The distribution of green walls and green roofs throughout Australia: Do policy instruments influence the frequency of projects?', Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, vol. 24, pp. 164-174.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© 2017 Elsevier GmbH Green roofs and green walls are gaining popularity as a means of mitigating a range of environmental impacts associated with urbanisation. Although this technology has been widely implemented in some parts of the world, uptake within Australia has been slow. This might be attributed to a range of factors, including a lack of awareness; a scarcity of urban green infrastructure policies; a lack of examples to give urban designers confidence in the technology; and perhaps also a limited number of professionals capable of installing green infrastructure systems. This paper researches the distribution of green wall and green roof projects in urban Australia, and the possible influence of local government policies and guidelines that have been designed to promote the increase of green infrastructure in Australia's cities. Differences were observed among project distributions and frequency, both within and between cities. In addition, councils that offered policy instruments and guidance tended to have more green wall and green roof projects than those which have no such policies in place. Compared to successful examples seen internationally, further policy implementation in Australia could increase the frequency of green infrastructure projects, indicating that governmental influence may play a substantial role in encouraging green infrastructure installation.