I am fascinated by the idea of watching birds and conserving nature at the same time. I am an avid world birder with a particular interest in Ecuador. As a leading birding figure in my country, I have formed and managed bird organizations, published bird books, and promoted bird data collection. I am specialized in gathering, managing, and publishing data generated by the citizen-science project eBird. I am very keen on geographic information systems (GIS) and data management tools to create bird distribution maps and alike. As a conservationist, I am involved in species and site conservation projects by major conservation organizations.

I run my own company (KAB Ecology) that conducts ecological surveys and writes impact assessment reports for major development projects in Turkey and abroad. I have good communication skills and enjoy forming and managing teams and connecting people and nature. 

Interests

  • Ecological Surveys
  • Bird Conservation
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Citizen Science Data

Education

  • MSc, Ecology – University of East Anglia
  • BSc, Biology – Middle East Technical University

Professional

  • KAB Ecology (2019-)
  • Independent Ecological Consultant (2009-2018)
  • Licensed Tourist Guide (2008-2015)
  • BirdLife International, Quito (2002-2005)

Projects