Jesse Cochran, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

Dr. Cochran is interested in large marine species, particularly predators, as indicators of overall ecosystem health. He uses a variety of methods including visual surveys, photo-identification, acoustic/satellite tracking, and more to estimate the abundance and understand the movements of sharks, rays, turtles, and other ocean giants.

Selected Publications

  • Multi-method assessment of whale shark (Rhincodon typus) residency, distribution, and dispersal behavior at an aggregation site in the Red Sea
    J.E.M Cochran, C.D. Braun, E.F. Cagua, M.F. Campbell Jr., R.S. Hardenstine, A. Kattan, et al.
    PLoS One (2019)
  • Global spatial risk assessment of sharks under the footprint of fisheries.
    N. Queiroz, N.E. Humphries, A. Couto , M. Vedor M, I. da Costa , A.M.M. Sequeira, ... J.E.M. Cochran et al. Nature (2019).
  • Population structure of a whale shark Rhincodon typus aggregation in the Red Sea
    J.E.M. Cochran, R.S. Hardenstine, C.D. Braun, M.G. Genton, G.B. Skomal, S.R. Thorrold, et al.
    Journal of Fish Biology (2016)


  • Ph.D., Marine Science, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2014
  • M.Sc., Marine Science, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2011
  • B.Sc., Biology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA, 2009

Professional Profile

2020 - Present: Marine Megafauna Specialist, RSRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Marine ecology Movement ecology Population ecology Megafauna