Lekelia "Kiki" Jenkins

Scientific Review Committee Member

Dr. Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins is an Associate Professor in the College of Global Futures at Arizona State University. 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. Kiki’s research includes field sites along the southeastern and western coasts of the United States, along the Gulf of Mexico, in Ecuador, and in Costa Rica. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, Kiki received her PhD from Duke University, pioneering a new field of study in the invention and adoption of marine conservation technology. After earning her PhD, Kiki 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. As a Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Kiki 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. Prior to her move to ASU, Kiki was at the University of Washington (UW) as a postdoctoral scholar and then an assistant professor at UW’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Kiki served on SESYNC’s Scientific Review Committee. 

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2013 - 2016
Areas of Expertise
marine sustainability
social science
science art
Research Interests
human dimensions
sustainable fisheries
environmental technologies
science engagement
marine renewable energy
Methods of Expertise
qualitative analysis
case studies
grounded theory
content analysis