Coverdell Fellows Program
Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow 2017
Ashlee Painter is a Peace Corp Coverdell Fellowship Recipient and a Graduate Assistant at the University of South Florida's Patel College of Global Sustainability. Painter holds a B.S. in Biology from Clemson University, M.A.S. in Marine Biology from James Cook University and is currently pursuing her second Master's degree in Coastal Sustainability at PCGS.
Painter's passion for both land and sea has led her to numerous corners of the world including Australia, West Africa, and Hawaii. As an undergraduate she studied abroad in New South Wales, Australia. It was during this time that Ashlee decided to continue her education. She earned a Masters of Applied Science in Marine Biology at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia. After being accepted into the Peace Corp in 2003, Painter spent the next two years in Cameroon, West Africa. In Cameroon, she used sustainability practices such as agroforestry to help local farmers stabilize their soil by growing trees, ensuring the land can be reused over time. In Hawaii, Painter worked on a farm where she applied her farming teachings to further research with Pioneer Hi-Bred.
Painter donates her time to the Florida Aquarium where she is a husbandry intern and helps the staff care for the animals. She also volunteers at the FWC's Suncoast Youth Conservation Center helping to expand youth outdoor recreation and conservation education programming. Continuing her education at USF's Patel College of Global Sustainability, Painter hopes to combine her two degrees of Marine Biology and Coastal Sustainability to help small communities implement sustainable practices.