I’ve always held a deep fascination for the natural world, rooted in my upbringing in a rural village as the child of farmer parents. This fascination led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in Biology at Middle East Technical University, Turkey, with the intention of having a career dedicated to the conservation and preservation of nature. My academic journey continued at the same institution, where I successfully completed my MSc in Biology.
During my master’s program, I focused my research on phytoplankton communities, using functional traits to understand community assembly processes. Simultaneously, I actively participated in two significant projects: an EU-funded Aquacosm+ and a government-funded CLIM-SALTLAKES. Within these projects, I undertook diverse responsibilities, including project coordination, logistical management, hands-on contributions to mesocosm system installations, experiment design and execution, and handling of bureaucratic procedures.
While I found great satisfaction in working with freshwater systems, my passion has gravitated towards urban ecology, a fascination that has deepened since my undergraduate years. I’m excited to continue my academic journey with my PhD studies, where I can enthusiastically delve into this field.