Ashley Stimpson is a freelance writer based in Maryland. She often writes about wildlife, science, and the outdoors. She has been covering stories about conservation (and the occasional aggressive river otter) for Field & Stream since August of 2021.
- Covers conservation and cool wildlife stories
ExperienceA freelancer for more than 15 years, Stimpson has written for The Guardian, National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, Longreads, WIRED, Atlas Obscura, Johns Hopkins Magazine, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Chesapeake Bay Journal, and Blue Ridge Outdoors. Most often, Stimpson writes about animals and extinction, though for a while she found herself regularly writing about scuba diving in weird places, penning stories about diving for oysters in the Chesapeake Bay and exploring a sunken mountain town in West Virginia.
EducationStimpson received a bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in professional/technical writing from Northern Kentucky University. She has served on trail-maintenance crews for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, grown oysters for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and is a Maryland Master Naturalist in training.
AwardsStimpson has been honored with numerous of Excellence-in-Craft awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.
Favorite Outdoor HobbiesA serious birder, paddler, hiker, (and novice fly angler), Stimpson’s favorite places to go outside include the cypress swamps of the Carolinas, the Flint Hills of Kansas, and the Allegheny Highlands of West Virginia. Her favorite national parks are the Everglades, Carlsbad Caverns, and Great Basin.
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