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.
Dr. Stacia Dreyer is an environmental social scientist broadly interested in the human dimensions of environmental issues. As an Assistant Research Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, she works on projects related to the food-energy-water nexus, renewable energy, sustainable consumption, and other environmental and sustainability issues. She also serves on the Social Science Advisory Committee for the Puget Sound Partnership, a state agency in Washington which leads the effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. She received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology and Behavioral Economics with the Sustainability Solutions Initiative at the University of Maine in 2014. After receiving her Ph.D., she completed three years of postdoctoral training in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington. Dr. Dreyer first became involved in the field of conservation and environmental psychology while completing her M.Ed. in Environmental Education at Western Washington University. She completed her B.A. in Psychology at Truman State University. As a first-generation undergraduate student, she was a proud participant in the McNair Scholars Program while at Truman.
Ph.D. Environmental Psychology and Behavioral Economics, University of Maine 2014
M.Ed. Environmental Education, Western Washington University 2009