Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins is a senior sustainability scientist and associate professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. She was previously an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Marine Fisheries Service, where she helped implement new regulations to address bycatch and illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing by foreign nations.
Jenkins is an expert in marine conservation, focusing on how people affect and are affected by the ocean. She specializes in fisheries (U.S. and international) and the use of technology for conservation, especially to prevent unintended catch (bycatch) of sea turtles and other species. She also can speak about marine habitat protection, tidal energy, and the role of users and stakeholders in technical decision-making. 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.
In 2006, Jenkins received a Ph.D. in Marine Conservation from Duke University. She recently published “Fish, finances, and feasibility: Concerns about tidal energy development in the United States” (2019.
Areas of Expertise: Marine Conservation, Marine Biology, Environmental Conservation, Sustainability, Fisheries and Fishing Gear, Tidal Energy, Marine Renewable Energy, Marine Habitat Protection, Science Art, Science Dance
Location: Tempe, AZ (school year) Seattle, WA (summer)
Phone: (252) 723-2772
Speaking at the National Climatic Data Center: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Meyerhoff 20th Oral Presentation
Added January 2013.
Last verified January 2021.