Ashley Brooks "worked as a volunteer with Viet Nam’s National Parks and Protected Areas Association in 2000 – 2001. He then returned to Australia to complete Post Graduate Degrees in both Development and Languages and worked for 2.5 years at a large development consultancy firm in Brisbane coordinating two multi-million dollar education and training projects in Papua New Guinea. Ashley then returned to Viet Nam in 2005 to conduct Masters level research on Cat Ba Island. Since mid 2006, Ashley’s work has been supported through the AusAID Volunteer for International Development (VIDA) program. He currently works as the Marine and Coastal Programme Officer at IUCN Viet Nam." 
Brooks writes that: "In May 2005, I returned to Viet Nam to undertake postgraduate research with the University of Queensland in an area that had been of interest to me for quite some time – the effectiveness of conservation projects on Cat Ba Island."  He is currently a PhD candidate.