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Jesse Senko

Jesse Senko

Postdoctoral Research Associate, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures

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


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures


Jesse Senko is a postdoctoral research associate, Senior Sustainability Fellow, and conservation scientist at Arizona State University. His research links natural and social science with management and policy to understand and address complex social-ecological challenges. He is particularly interested in developing creative, socially responsible conservation solutions that promote marine resource sustainability and increase resiliency in coastal communities worldwide. Senko partners with scientists, fishers, practitioners, and managers to reshape coastal and pelagic fisheries, reduce bycatch of protected species such as sea turtles and sharks, and improve fisher livelihoods. 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 PhD in biology from Arizona State University. 


  • PhD, Biology, Arizona State University, 2015
  • MSc, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, 2009
  • BSc, Natural Resources: Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Connecticut, 2006


Journal Articles


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


Badingqiuying, , A. T. Smith, J. Senko and M. U. Siladan. 2016. Plateau pika Ochotona curzoniae poisoning campaign reduces carnivore abundance in southern Qinghai, China. Mammal Study 41(1):1-8. DOI: 10.3106/041.041.0102. (link )


Peckham, S. H., J. Lucero-Romero, D. Maldonado-Diaz, A. Rodiguez-Sanchez, J. Senko, M. Wojakowski and A. Gaos. 2015. Buoyless nets reduce sea turtle by-catch in coastal net fisheries. Conservation Letters 9(2):114-121. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12176. (link )


Senko, J., A. Mancini, J. A. Seminoff and V. Koch. 2014. Bycatch and directed harvest drive high green turtle mortality at Baja California Sur, Mexico. Biological Conservation 169(Jan):24-30. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2013.10.017. (link )

Senko, J., E. R. White, S. S. Heppell and L. R. Gerber. 2014. Review: Comparing bycatch mitigation strategies for vulnerable marine megafauna. Animal Conservation 17(1):5-18. DOI: 10.1111/acv.12051. (link )


Frick, M. G., J. D. Zardus, A. Ross, J. Senko, D. Montano-Valdez, M. Bucio-Pacheco and I. Sosa-Cornejo. 2011. Novel records and observations of the barnacle Stephanolepas muricata (Cirripedia: Balanomorpha: Coronuloidea); including a case for chemical mediation in turtle and whale barnacles. Journal of Natural History 45(11-12):629-640. DOI: 10.1080/00222933.2010.534563. (link )

Mancini, A., J. Senko, R. Borquez-Reyes, J. Guzman Póo, J. A. Seminoff and V. Koch. 2011. To poach or not to poach an endangered species: Elucidating the economic and social drivers behind illegal sea turtle hunting in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Human Ecology 39(6):743-756. DOI: 10.1007/s10745-011-9425-8. (link )

Senko, J., A. J. Schneller, J. Solis, F. Ollervides and W. J. Nichols. 2011. People helping turtles, turtles helping people: Understanding resident attitudes towards sea turtle conservation and opportunities for enhanced community participation in Bahia Magdalena, Mexico. Ocean & Coastal Management 54(2):148-157. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2010.10.030. (link )


Senko, J., V. Koch, W. M. Megill, R. R. Carthy, R. P. Templeton and W. J. Nichols. 2010. Fine scale daily movements and habitat use of East Pacific green turtles at a shallow coastal lagoon in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 391(1-2):92-100. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2010.06.017. (link )

Senko, J., M. Lopez-Castro, V. Koch and W. J. Nichols. 2010. Immature east Pacific green turtles (Chelonia mydas) use multiple foraging areas off the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico: First evidence from mark-recapture data. Pacific Science 64(1):125-130. DOI: 10.2984/64.1.125. (link )


Senko, J., W. J. Nichols, J. Perran Ross and A. S. Willcox. 2009. To eat or not to eat an endangered species: Views of local residents and physicians on the safety of sea turtle consumption in northwestern Mexico. EcoHealth 6(4):584-595. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-010-0280-7. (link )