Korhan will be giving a talk on the expeditions to extereme enviroments for ecological research on this saturday. You can attend the event with he link below:

Zoom linki: https://istanbul-edu-tr.zoom.us/j/93788873062?pwd=TEhsc3daN2xiMWdLZDhsaUZ4NnVtUT09

Meeting ID: 937 8887 3062

Passcode: 846156


We joined the summer school which was conducted by Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Society (EkoEvoDer). Korhan Özkan gave a lecture about major concepts in ecology which were related to community ecology, species environment relationships, species-species interactions.  The seminars are going on till the evening of April 28. We are happy to be a part of this great organization. You can watch the lectures on EkoEvoDer YouTube Channel.

Aegean Seminars for Computational Ecology and Evolution will take place online on April 24 – 28. Korhan Özkan will be attending as a speaker in the seminars and discussing both on the theory of the community ecology and giving examples on how to use statistics to a-understand assembly of ecological communities. You can reach the detailed information on the seminar’s web page.

Click here and register to the summer school web page

19. April 2021 · Write a comment · Categories: Saline Lakes · Tags:

Our project titled “Understanding the complex interaction of salinization and eutrophication on Green House Gas emissions of Anatolian inland waters” has been funded by METU. We will be compiling a basin-wide bottom up inventory of GHG flux from Anatolian saline lakes, and investigating complex relationship between biogenic GHG release, eutrophication and salinization, which involves positive- and negative- feedback loops and non-linear interactions. We are happy to collaborate with Meryem Beklioğlu @METU, Thomas Davidson and Joachim Audet @ Aarhus University (Denmark), and Pelin Ertürk Arı, Akif Arı and Nusret Karakaya @Abant Izzet Baysal University.

We carried out our first field study to test our GHG sampling strategy in April 16, in Akgöl, Göksu Estuary.

Tekin presented our recent work on Konya Closed Basin, which has been facing dramatic water loss, in the Shallow Lakes Conference, 2021. Our study describes the decadal changes in size and salinity of lakes, and also dramatic decline of waterbirds and fish abundance and species richnes in lakes in the Konya Closed Basin, Turkey, which are mainly associated with climate change and increasing water abstraction for agriculture. The study is a joint effort of our Saline Lakes project team along with many other contributors and describes the critical changes the basin has undergone on the recent years.

Fou our presentation:

02. March 2021 · 1 comment · Categories: Outreach

Our group has collaborated with a large group of researchers to better understand cynobacteria communities across Europe. Our paper analyzing cynobacterial toxins and their environmental drivers selected by Toxins among the best papers in 2020. We are happy to be a part of such large scale effort. You can read our paper here.

We undertook a substantial effort to establish the first advanced mesocosm facility of Turkey to conduct experimental ecology research on aquatic ecosystems. We will be conducting experiments on the effect of salinisation and eutrophication in face of climate change on the lake and wetlands of Anatolia in 2021 and 2021. These facilities are being constructed as a part of the Saline Lakes Project and will be functioning at both METU Ankara and Erdemli Campuses in collaboration with Erik Jeppesen, Meryem Beklioğlu and Zuhal Akyürek. We are looking forward to conducting state of the art experiments where we will be elucidating ecological dynamics many years to come.

The tanks to be used in the system have reached the mesocosm areas. In addition, the construction works of the Mesocosm experiment area in Erdemli campus started.

SGD Project Kick-off Meeting was held online on February 24, 2021. It was great to get toger-ther with all the members of the project team (researchers from Middle East Technical University, Hacettepe University, Akdeniz University and Louisiana State University) to discuss an exicting three years ahead. The meeting started with the overview, then the initial modeling studies and results for the residence times and water budgets were presented. Pilot studies and necessary logistics were discussed. The methodology to be applied for sea/groundwater sampling and radioisotope measurements was reviewed.

It was fantastic to see the project get off to such a strong start, and we have no doubt that the team will continue to succeed for the next three years!

For more information, check out the project website!

We presented our research on high latitude and altitude ecosystems in the online workshop “The Climate Change and Our Seas” which was conducted by Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TÜDAV) and Institute of Marine Sciences of Middle East Technical University (IMS METU). High latitude and altitude ecosystems are sentinels of climate change and facing dramatic ecosystems shifts. We highlighted the need for further research on Turkish high altitude ecosystems. We are grateful to TÜDAV to organize such a great event to bring different fields together.

You can watch the workshop on the TÜDAV’s YouTube channel:

Korhan Özkan got selected for Turkish Academy of Science (TÜBA) 2021 Young Scientist Awards (GEBİP). We are also pleased that our collaborator Erik Jeppesen was also got TÜBA International Academy Award. More information on the awards are here. Big congratulations to Korhan and Erik for their outstanding achievements. We are grateful to TÜBA and their support to our research.