Occupation: Researcher and lecturer in Adnan Menderes University, Department of Biology in Turkey
Specialty: Reproductive ecology and conservation of marine turtles, systematics, population biology and conservation of other chelonians, especially land tortoises, in Turkey.
Best part about my job: Spending most of my time in different parts of Turkey, meeting with different people of different cultures, sharing all my experiences with my family, friends, students and assistants, and having my family on the beach and teaching my little daughter about nature.
Biggest challenges I face: How to better integrate the needs of my family and my job and thinking of how to include my family on some of my long excursions.
The most unusual or exciting thing that’s happened to me while working in the field: In 1994, I found a body of someone who committed suicide on the beach.
Why I like being a member of the MTSG: I am a new member. It makes me feel stronger in my work on conservation issues of my country.
Turtle researcher / conservationist I most admire: Dimitris Margaritoulis, Karen Eckert
When I’m not working on turtles I like to: Playing football, taking pictures of nature, reading and working on biostatistics, traveling around Turkey to see other reptiles.
Ten years from now, I hope I will be doing: The same things while still looking for and exploring new things and places.
Relevant links to find out more about me and my work: http://biyoloji.adu.edu.tr/zooloji