Jesse Senko


Jesse Senko is an Assistant Research Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University. His research links science (natural and social) with practice (management and policy) to understand and solve dynamic social-ecological conservation challenges of the 21st century. He is particularly interested in creative, transdisciplinary approaches to improve the health and wellbeing of coastal fisheries and the billions of people who depend on them. Senko partners with scientists, fishers, engineers, NGOs, and government to develop, test, and implement 1) fisheries and wildlife conservation innovation that reduces bycatch of protected species (especially sea turtles and sharks) without compromising fishing profitability or efficiency; 2) community and market-based solutions to address pressing global fisheries and wildlife conservation problems. An avid recreational fisher who grew up in New England, Senko majored in fisheries and wildlife sciences at the University of Connecticut, received his master's in wildlife ecology and conservation from the University of Florida, and earned his Ph.D. in biology from Arizona State University. 


  • PhD, Biology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • MSc, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • BSc, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Research Interests

Applied conservation; conservation technology & innovation; ecological & social sustainability of fisheries; sustainable seafood; human dimensions of conservation; wildlife/marine megafauna ecology; community & market-based conservation; environmental policy & politics; animal behavior & sensory ecology; participatory learning; social marketing; environmental communication


2017 Arizona State University Graduate College Knowledge Mobilization Impact Award; 1st place, postdoctoral category