Ashby Leavell
Ph.D. Student
Environmental Studies


  • M.S., University of Delaware
  • B.A., University of Virginia


Ashby Leavell hails from Charlottesville, Virginia. After receiving her BA in French and Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia, Ashby worked in botanic gardens as a horticulturalist, educator, and researcher at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Kew Gardens in London, and Tresco Abbey Gardens in Cornwall, UK. She then completed a Master’s fellowship in Botanic Garden Management with Longwood Gardens and the University of Delaware.

Next, for several years Ashby honed fundraising skills in Major Gifts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, while developing a recycling management plan for the Museum and advocating for new Philadelphia parks. After working in Parks and Recreation with the City of Golden, Ashby is now pursuing her PhD in Environmental Studies at CU Boulder.

Ashby’s prior research involved the adaptive reuse of post-industrial spaces into urban parkland. She is now pursuing dissertation research on loneliness, social connectedness, and prescribing time in nature.