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Lekelia Jenkins

Lekelia Jenkins
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603

Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, where she grew up fishing and crabbing recreationally on the Chesapeake Bay. During the summers she prowled the grounds of the Baltimore Zoo as a junior zookeeper, learning about endangered species and conservation. A Meyerhoff Scholar and UNCF/Merck Fellow, she graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, Kiki received her PhD from Duke University by pioneering a new field of study into the invention and adoption of marine conservation technology. Since then, she has worked as an environmental consultant for the Natural Resource Defense Council, while also actively participating in the burgeoning field of Studies in Expertise and Experience. Forging a new path of opportunity, she gained the support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to host its first ever AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows. As a Fellow, she served in the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Office of International Affairs, where she helped implement new regulations to address bycatch and illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing by foreign nations. Kiki came to the University of Washington as a postdoctoral scholar supported by the Ford Foundation Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship and the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, which is awarded to rising conservation scientists who have the potential to change the face of conservation through entrepreneurial approaches. She later became an assistant professor at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington and during this time was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Ocean Sciences. She is now an associate professor at Arizona State University in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society.

Kiki’s research interests center on the rigorous, empirical study of the process of conservation in order to distill conservation theory and codify best practices, specifically exploring marine conservation, bycatch, conservation technology, tidal energy, invention, technology transfer, and diffusion of innovations. Her research includes field sites along the southeast and west coasts of the United States, along Gulf of Mexico, in Ecuador, and in Costa Rica. Kiki is currently expanding her research into role of science dance in social change. Her hobbies include watching and participating in all forms of dance, mentoring, reading, traveling, eating good food while enjoying a nice view, writing poetry, costuming, imagining the possibilities, loving her friends and family, and loving her life.


PhD, Marine Conservation Technology, Duke University, 2006

Journal Articles


Dreyer, S. J., H. J. Polis and L. D. Jenkins. 2017. Changing tides: Acceptability, support, and perceptions of tidal energy in the United States. Energy Research & Social Science 29(Jul):72-83. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.04.013. (link )

Jenkins, L. D., K. R. Thompson, L. Bourillon and S. H. Peckham. 2017. The scope of fisheries learning exchanges for conservation. Marine Policy 77(Mar):196-204. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.05.025. (link )

Polis, H. J., S. J. Dreyer and L. D. Jenkins. 2017. Public willingness to pay and policy preferences for tidal energy research and development: A study of households in Washington state. Ecological Economics 136(Jun):213-225. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.01.024. (link )

Senko, J., L. D. Jenkins and S. H. Peckham. 2017. At loggerheads over international bycatch: Initial effects of a unilaterally imposed bycatch reduction policy. Marine Policy 76(Feb):200-209. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.11.017. (link )

Thompson, K. R., W. D. Heyman, S. H. Peckham and L. D. Jenkins. 2017. Key characteristics of successful fisheries learning exchanges. Marine Policy 77(Mar):205-213. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.03.019. (link )

Thompson, K. R., A. Hudson Weaver, L. D. Jenkins, N. Zenny, N. J. Pilcher, S. H. Peckham and W. D. Heyman. 2017. Guidelines for organizing a fisheries learning exchange. Marine Policy 77(Mar):214-218. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.06.008. (link )


Crowther, G. J., K. Davis, L. D. Jenkins and J. L. Breckler. 2015. Integration of math jingles into physiology courses. Journal of Mathematics Education 8(2):56-73. (link )

Deighan, L. K. and L. D. Jenkins. 2015. Fishing for recognition: Understanding the use of NGO guidelines in fishery improvement projects. Marine Policy 51(Jan):476-485. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2014.10.009. (link )

Jenkins, L. D. 2015. From conflict to collaboration: The role of expertise in fisheries management. Ocean & Coastal Management 103(Jan):123-133. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.10.006. (link )

Kowalski, A. A. and L. D. Jenkins. 2015. The role of bridging organizations in environmental management: examining social networks in working groups. Ecology and Society 20(2):Art. 16. DOI: 10.5751/ES-07541-200216. (link )


Jenkins, L. D. and K. Garrison. 2013. Fishing gear substitution to reduce bycatch and habitat impacts: An example of social–ecological research to inform policy. Marine Policy 38(Mar):293-303. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2012.06.005. (link )

Pietri, D. M., G. G. Gurney, N. Benitez-Vina, A. Kuklok, S. M. Maxwell, L. Whiting, M. A. Vina and L. D. Jenkins. 2013. Practical recommendations to help students bridge the research-implementation gap and promote conservation. Conservation Biology 27(5):958-967. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12089. (link )


Benaka, L. R., L. F. Cimo and L. D. Jenkins. 2012. Bycatch provisions in the reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act. Marine Fisheries Review 74(2):1-12. (link )

Jenkins, L. D. 2012. Reducing sea turtle bycatch in trawl nets: A history of NMFS Turtle Excluder Device (TEF) research. Marine Fisheries Review 74(2):26-44. (link )

Jenkins, L. D., S. M. Maxwell and E. Fisher. 2012. Increasing conservation impact and policy relevance of research through embedded experiences. Conservation Biology 26(4):740-742. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01878.x. (link )


Jenkins, L. D. 2010. Profile and influence of the successful fisher-inventor of marine conservation technology. Conservation & Society 8(1):44-54. DOI: 10.4103/0972-4923.62677. (link )

Jenkins, L. D. 2010. The evolution of a trading zone: A case study of the turtle excluder device. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 41(1):75-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2009.12.008. (link )


Jenkins, L. D. 2007. Bycatch: Interactional expertise, dolphins and the U.S. tuna fishery. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 38(4):698-712. DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2007.09.005. (link )

Book Chapters


Gorman, M. T., L. D. Jenkins and R. K. Plowright. 2012. Human interactions and sustainability. Pp. 88-111 In: Cabezas, H. and U. Diwekar eds., Sustainability: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives. Bentham Books. DOI: 10.2174/97816080510381120101. ISBN: 978-1-60805-429-9.


Jenkins, L. D. 2010. The evolution of a trading zone. In: Gorman, M. T. ed., Trading Zones and Interactional Expertise. MIT Press. ISBN: 9780262014724.

Conference Papers


Polis, H. J., S. J. Dreyer and L. D. Jenkins. 2016. Public willingness to pay and policy preferences for tidal energy research and development: A study of households in Washington state. Proceedings of the 4th Marine Energy Technology Symposium. 4th Marine Energy Technology Symposum, April 25-27, 2016. (link )


Jenkins, L. D., P. Christie, W. J. Nichols, N. Gaibor, M. Mizrahi and M. A. Vina. 2012. Improving international adoption of circle hooks and TEDs: Lessons from Ecuador. Pp. 100 In: Jones, T. T. and B. P. Wallace eds., Proceedings of the Thirty-First Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. Thirty-First Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, April 10-16, 2011. San Diego, CA. (link )