Professional Experience

Feb 2014 - Present Senior Lecturer Exogene Geology Research Group, Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland.

Jan 2013 – Jan 2014

Senior Assistant, Exogene Geology Research Group, Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland
Feb 2011 – Dec 2012 Senior Assistant, Quaternary  Research Group, Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland.
Dec 2007 – Jan 2011 Assistant, Quaternary Research Group, Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland
Mar 2006 – Nov 2007 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Quaternary Research Group, Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland
Dec 2001 – Feb 2006 Ph.D. Candidate, Quaternary Research Group, Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland.
Jan 2001 – Nov 2001 Research Assistant, Division of Engineering Geology & Rock Mechanics, Department of Geological Engineering, Faculty of Mine, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Dec 1999 – Dec 2000 Project Engineer, Division of Engineering Geology & Rock Mechanics, Department of Geological Engineering, Faculty of Mine, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Dec 1998 – Nov 1999 Project Officer (Military Service), Water Supply Section, Construction and State Department, Ministry of National Defence, Ankara, Turkey.
Aug 1995 – Jul 1998 Research Assistant, Department of Geological Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Education

May 2012 Habilitation, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland, Institute of Geological Sciences
February 2006 Ph.D., University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland, Institute of Geological Sciences
March 1998 M. Sc., Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, The Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences
July 1995 B.Sc., Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, Department of Geological Engineering
May 1990 High School Diploma, Tevfik Fikret Lisesi, Ankara, Turkey

Research Interest

My main research focus is on the interaction between climate and geosphere during the Earth’s long history based on the study of geological archives. Within this interaction, sediments are produced as a response to driving forces such as climate, tectonics and mass wasting. Reconstructing the chronostratigraphy of these sedimentary archives allows for a better understanding of how this interaction worked in the past and may work in the future, and thus increases understanding of the causes and rates of landscape evolution (timing, magnitude and frequency). As a sedimentologist and stratigrapher, I am interested in contributing to solving this puzzle by producing quantitative data based on detailed fieldwork in different geologic settings and timescales, quantitative methods applied in the laboratory, time calibration using dating techniques such as cosmogenic nuclide chronologies, and modeling. To accomplish this, I have been successfully setting-up and participating in state-of-the-art research projects in different parts of the world (e.g., Alps, Scandinavia, and Eastern Mediterranean), including external fund raising.

Research group Glacial Geology

Grants

  • MVUB-Grant 2010: Geoarchaeology of the Hittite Capital of Hattusha: Origin of the building stones. Mittelbauvereinigung MVUB der Universität Bern, March 30th 2010.
  • PhD-Grant: Quaternary glaciations in eastern Black Sea mountains and its implications on paleoclimate. The Council of Higher Education of the Republic of Turkey, 2002-2006.
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  • Member of the presidium of the Geosciences, Platform of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (2016-    )
  • Vice-President of the Swiss Association for Quaternary Research (CH-QUAT) (2014-    )
  • Secretary of the Swiss Association for Quaternary Research (CH-QUAT) (2011-2014)
  • Member of the Swiss Association for Quaternary Research (CH-QUAT)
  • Member of the Deutsche Quartärvereinigung e.V. (DEUQUA)