SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM by Çağan Şekercioğlu

Time: 14:30
Location: Kule 2


Speaker          : Prof. Çağan Şekercioğlu, University of Utah

Title                : Macroecology and Conservation Biogeography of the World’s Birds
Date                : September 19, 2019, Thursday

Time               : 14:30
Cookie&Tea  : 14:15, Tower 2nd Floor
Place               : Tower 2nd Floor


Birds are the best known major group of organism and provide critical ecological functions and ecosystem services. World's ~11,000 bird species present excellent opportunities for global meta-analyses inmacroecology and conservation biogeography. Global analyses of the world first avian ecology database enabled us to answer important questions in avian macroecology and have revealed important patterns, trends and issues concerning avian ecology, conservation biology and biogeography.  We identified many extinction-prone and understudied avian taxa that should be targeted by intensive research and conservation efforts. Global change, in particular climate change, habitat loss and introduced species are increasingly threatening new avian taxa that have been considered common and safe from extinction until recently. Bird declinesBel will have further ecological consequences due to the consequent declines in bird ecosystem services such as seed dispersal, pollination, and predation. Similar macroecological assessments of the consequences of global change for world's non-avian taxa are urgently needed to guide the conservation of world's threatened biodiversity.



Short Bio: 

Professor Çağan Şekercioğlu directs the Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology Lab at the University of Utah. He studies the conservation ecology of keystone vertebrates and their ecological functions in the Anthropocene, the current era dominated by human-driven global change. His research has three interlinked foci: studying long-term ecological change in animal populations living in ecosystems threatened by habitat loss, climate change and other impacts; understanding how avian ecological attributes affect the likelihood and consequences of bird extinctions; and integrating community-based conservation, education, and capacity-building. After graduating from Robert College of Istanbul, he studied Biology and Anthropology at Harvard University and received his Ph.D. in ecology and evolution from Stanford University Department of Biology. Şekercioğlu served as a senior scientist at Stanford University until 2010 when he joined the University of Utah biology faculty. For his community-based conservation work in getting eastern Turkey’s first Ramsar wetland declared, helping create Turkey’s first wildlife corridor and first bird-nesting island, he became the only double recipient (2008 and 2013) of UK’s top grassroots conservation prize, the Whitley Gold Award given by Princess Anne. He was chosen a National Geographic Explorer in 2011 and a National Geographic Risk Taker in 2013. In 2014, he received the University of Utah inaugural citizen science award. He was chosen an Ashoka Environment Fellow and Sabanci Foundation Changemaker in 2015. During his ornithological research, he has seen nearly 8000 bird species in the wild on all the continents. His research has been featured in 29 documentaries, including Turkey’s first BBC, National Geographic and Al Jazeera wildlife documentaries, and his professional photography is represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Şekercioğlu’s three books and over 120 scientific publications have received over 9400 citations, and since 2010, he has been one the most cited 1% of the environmental scientists of the past decade.