Rosenberg Institute Public Forum Series


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The Romberg Tiburon Campus is closed to the public and events are canceled until May.


The spring 2020 Rosenberg Institute Public Forum with Dr. Kiki Jenkins scheduled for Wednesday March 11, 2020, has been cancelled to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus through social contact among people at large public gatherings.


The Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology & Environmental Science Public Forum series brings thought leaders to the Estuary and Ocean Science Center to engage community members in discussion about important scientific advances and environmental issues. Public forums are held twice a year in the Bay Conference Center. 


Lekelia "Kiki" Jenkins, Associate Professor 
School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University 

Saving Sea Turtles with Conservation Technology and Dance

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

7 P.M. Livestream HERE.


Conservation technologies are increasingly being used to address marine issues, such as bycatch (i.e. the incidental catch of non-target organisms). How can these technologies be invented more effectively and how is adoption best galvanized? This study uses a comparative case study analysis of the efforts to reduce sea turtle bycatch in the U.S. shrimp trawl fishery and dolphin bycatch in the U.S. tuna purse seine fishery. I identify a common profile shared by fishers who invented successful bycatch reduction devices. Namely, they have extensive experience in fishing and fabrication and have the ability to mentally-model prototypes. The common hindrances in engaging fishers include: selecting fishers as partners based on convenience rather than relevant bycatch solving ability, differences in cultures of communication between partners, and failure to appropriately "court" fishers in accordance with their cultural norms.

This presentation offers recommendations for how to identify potential partners that fit the Successful Fisher/Inventor Profile and how to initiate partnerships so as to avoid the common stumbling blocks. This presentation will also present one of the outreach activities yielded by this research: an award-winning science dance about sea turtle conservation. I will discuss the participatory processes I used to co-create the dance; preliminary findings about the impact of the dance on participants; and a new experimental research project to examine the impact of science dance on learning about, empathy toward, and action to protect sea turtles.



Did you miss any of our previous Public Forums? Videos of our presentations can be found HERE.