Lekelia "Kiki" Jenkins

Tempe, AZ, USA
  • Associate Professor, Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society
  • Global Futures Scientist, Arizona State University Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
Sub Division(s)
  • marine sustainability, marine social science
Awards & Accolades(s)
  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • Earth Leadership Program Fellow (formerly Leopold Leadership Program), Future Earth
  • Sloan Research Fellow in Ocean Sciences, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, Society for Conservation Biology
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Ford Foundation
  • Science & Technology Policy Fellow, AAAS
  • Graduate Fellow, National Science Foundation
About Me

Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins is a marine sustainability scientist and Associate Professor at Arizona State University. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, fishing and crabbing recreationally on the Chesapeake Bay and volunteering as a junior zookeeper. She received her PhD from Duke University by pioneering a new field of study into the invention and adoption of marine conservation technology. Her research centers on the human dimensions of marine sustainability solutions, including fisheries conservation technologies and marine renewable energy. Her work has led to regulatory changes that allow more sustainable fishing practices, has advised international fisheries diplomacy, and has informed renewable energy policy. Dr. Jenkins also studies the science dance as a means of science engagement, science communication, and social change. Among her many honors and awards, she received an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Ocean Sciences and is a member of to the National Academies of Sciences Ocean Studies Board.