Dr. Jesse Senko


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Research Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
  • Consultant, Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias
  • Consultant, World Wildlife Fund

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 fisheries and wildlife 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) while improving 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) conservation innovation that reduces bycatch of protected species (especially sea turtles) 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.