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Jesse Senko

Jesse Senko

Assistant Research Professor, 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 Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Research Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures


Jesse Senko is an assistant research professor and senior sustainability scientist at Arizona State University. His research links interdisciplinary conservation science with innovation and governance to address dynamic coastal conservation challenges of the 21st century. He is particularly interested in creative, transdisciplinary approaches that protect vulnerable marine megafauna (e.g. sea turtles, sharks, and marine mammals) as well as safeguard the health and wellbeing of coastal fisheries and the billions of people who depend on them. Senko partners with scientists, fishers, engineers, NGOs, and governments to develop, test, and implement scalable and socially responsible conservation solutions that reduce bycatch of protected species (especially sea turtles) while improving coastal livelihoods. He has active research sites in Baja California Sur, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and Hutchinson Island, Florida, USA. 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, 2015
  • MSc, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, 2009
  • BSc, Natural Resources: Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Connecticut, 2006


Journal Articles


Senko, J. F., K. M. Burgher, M. del Mar Mancha-Cisneros, B. J. Godley, I. Kinan-Kelly, T. Fox, F. Humber, V. Koch, A. T. Smith and B. P. Wallace. 2022. Global patterns of illegal marine turtle exploitation. Global Change Biology 28(22):6509-6523. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.16378. (link )


Senko, J. F., S. E. Nelms, J. L. Reavis, B. Witherington, B. J. Godley and B. P. Wallace. 2020. Understanding individual and population-level effects of plastic pollution on marine megafauna. Endangered Species Research 43:234-252. DOI: 10.3354/esr01064. (link )


Senko, J. F., W. M. Megill, L. B. Brooks, R. P. Templeton and V. Koch. 2019. Developing low-cost tags: Assessing the ecological impacts of tethered tag technology on host species. Endangered Speceies Research 39:255-268. DOI: 10.3354/esr00967. (link )


Senko, J. F., 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 )


Peckham, S. H., J. Lucero-Romero, D. Maldonado-Diaz, A. Rodiguez-Sanchez, J. F. Senko, M. Wojakowski and A. Gaos. 2016. Buoyless nets reduce sea turtle by-catch in coastal net fisheries. Conservation Letters 9(2):114-121. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12176. (link )

Qiuying, B., A. T. Smith, J. F. 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 )


Senko, J. F., 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. F., 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. F. 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. F. 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. F., 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. F., 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. F., 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. F., 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 )

Book Chapters


Senko, J. F. and M. A. Nalovic. 2021. Addressing sea turtle bycatch in developing countries: A global challenge that requires adaptive solutions for the 21st century. Pp. 151-166 In: Nahill, B. ed., Sea Turtle Research and Conservation: Lessons from Working in the Field. Elsevier Inc.. ISBN: 978-0128210291.