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Jefferson Hinke, Ph.D.

Program Lead, Seabird Research
Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division
Office: (858) 334-2825

Jefferson Hinke, Ph.D.

Program Lead, Seabird Research

Jefferson Hinke is an Ecologist for the Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division. He earned Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC – San Diego in 2012, having joined NOAA Fisheries in 2009. He studies the ecology of Pygoscelis penguins and their interactions with fisheries, changing food webs, climate, and other environmental stressors that affect the marine ecosystem in the Antarctic Peninsula region. Jefferson leads seabird research at two Antarctic field camps and participates annually in Antarctic field research. His research is used to provide scientific advice for U.S. policy on fisheries and spatial management efforts in the Southern Ocean.

Selected Publications:

Sykora-Bodie, S.T.,  Álvarez-Romero, J.G., Arata, J., Dunn, A., Hinke, J.T., et al. 2021. Forecasting the likelihood of marine protected area designation in Antarctica. Frontiers in Marine Science. 8:669135. DOI:

Hinke, J.T., Russell, T.M., Hermanson, V.R. et al. 2021. Serendipitous observations from animal-borne video loggers reveal synchronous diving and equivalent simultaneous prey capture rates in chinstrap penguins. Marine Biology. 168, 135. DOI:

Sydeman, W.J., Schoeman, D.S., Thompson, A.S.A., Hoover, B.A., García-Reyes, M., Daunt, F., Agnew, P., Anker-Nilssen, T., Barbraud, C,, Barrett, R., Becker, P.H., Bell, E., Boersma, P.D., Bouwhuis, S., Cannell, B., Crawford, R.J.M., Dann, P., Delord, K., Elliott, G., Erikstad, K.E.. Flint, E., Furness, R.W., Harris, M.P., Hatch, S., Hilwig, K., Hinke, J.T., Jahncke, J., Mills, J.A., Reiertsen, T.K., Renner, H., Sherley, R.B., Surman, C., Taylor, G., Thayer, J.A., Trathan, P.N., Velarde, E., Walker, K., Wanless, S., Warzybok, P., Watanuki, Y. 2021. Hemispheric asymmetry in ocean change and the productivity of ecosystem sentinels. Science. 372:980-983, DOI:

Korczak-Abshire, M., Hinke, J.T., Milinevsky G., Juáres M.A., Watters G.M. 2021. Coastal regions of the northern Antarctic Peninsula are key for gentoo populations. Biology Letters. 17:20200708. DOI:

Hinke, J.T., Watters, G.M.,  Reiss C.S., Santora, J.A., Santos, M.M. 2020. Acute bottlenecks to the survival of juvenile Pygoscelis penguins occur immediately after fledging. Biology Letters. 16:20200645. DOI:

Watters, G.M., Hinke, J.T., Reiss, C.S. 2020. Long-term observations from Antarctica demonstrate that mismatched scales of fisheries management and predator-prey interaction lead to erroneous conclusions about precaution. Scientific Reports. 10:2314. DOI:

Hinke, J.T., Santos, M.M., Korczak-Abshire, M., Milinevsky, G., and Watters, G.M.. 2019. Individual variation in migratory movements of chinstrap penguins leads to widespread occupancy of ice-free winter habitats over the continental shelf and deep ocean basins of the Southern Ocean. PLoS One. 14: e0226207. DOI:

Hinke, J.T., Barbosa, A., Emmerson, L., Hart, T.,, Juáres, M., Korczak-Abshire, M., Milinevsky, G., Santos, M., Trathan, K.,Watters, G., Southwell, Y,. 2018. Estimating nest-level phenology and reproductive success of colonial seabirds using time-lapse cameras. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 9:1853-1863. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.13015.

Hinke, J.T., Trivelpiece, S.G., Trivelpiece, Y.Z. 2017. Variable vital rates and the risk of population declines in Adélie penguins from the Antarctic Peninsula region. Ecosphere. 8(1):e01666.  DOI:

Hinke, J.T., Cossio, A.M., Goebel, M.E., Reiss, C.S., Trivelpiece, W.Z. Watters, G.M. 2017. Identifying risk: concurrent overlap of the Antarctic krill fishery with krill-dependent predators in the Scotia Sea. PLoS One. 12: e0170132. DOI:

Hinke, J.T., Polito, M.J., Goebel, M.E., Jarvis, S., Reiss, C.S., Thorrold, S.R., Trivelpiece, W.Z.,  Watters. G.M. 2015. Spatial and isotopic niche partitioning during ,winter in chinstrap and Adélie penguins from the South Shetland Islands. Ecosphere. 6:art125. DOI:

Hinke, J.T.,  Polito, M.J.,  Reiss, C.S.,  Trivelpiece, S.G., Trivelpiece, W.Z. 2012. Flexible reproductive timing can buffer reproductive success of Pygoscelis spp. penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula region. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 454:91-104. DOI: 10.3354/meps09633.

Trivelpiece W.Z., Hinke, J.T., Miller, A.K.,  Reiss, C.S., Trivelpiece, S.G., Watters, G.M. 2011. Variability in krill biomass links harvesting and climate warming to penguin population changes in Antarctica. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 108:7625-7628.  DOI:

Hinke, J.T., Salwicka, K., Trivelpiece, S.G., Watters, G.M., Trivelpiece, W.Z. 2007. Divergent responses of Pygoscelis penguins reveal common environmental driver. Oecologia.153:845-855. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-007-0781-4.