Join award winning researcher and conservation ecologist Dr. Cagan H. Sekercioglu for his lecture "Turkey's Globally Important Biodiversity in Crisis." Dr. Sekercioglu has combined rigorous ornithology, conservation ecology and tropical biology research worldwide with community based conservation projects in his native Turkey. Sekercioglu succeeded in getting eastern Turkey's first Ramsar wetland declared, created Turkey's first bird-nesting island and led the creation of Turkey's first wildlife corridor.
Dr. Cagan Sekercioglu achievements in ecological research and community based conservation have been commended by Turkey's president Abdullah Gul, various ministers of state, the Whitley Foundation and princess Anne in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology's Board of Governors, Fellow International of the Explorers Club, and Elective Member of the American Ornithologists Union. His research and conservation efforts have been covered by the BBC, CNN, National Geographic, Nature, Newsweek, New York Times, Science and The New Yorker. Sekercioglu’s three books and over 60 scientific publications have received more than 2100 citations since 2002 (he is among the most cited 1% of the world's scientists of the past decade). His awards include: National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2011), Turkey’s Scientist of the Year (2010), and Whitley Prize in Conservation Biology, Gold Award (2008).