Research & Conservation
I have been working in wildlife conservation since the 1990s. Prior to joining University of Oxford in 2011, I was a research fellow at CIHEAM, France and MAICh, Greece, worked for WWF Turkey and Birdlife Turkey, undertook research with United States Geological Survey Minnesota Wolf Project, World Wildlife Fund (US, Netherlands, Turkey, and Georgia offices), United Nations Development Programme, Council of Europe and World Animal Protection.
From 1996-2011, I assisted the national wildlife authority in Turkey to establish a countrywide mammal monitoring system, modernise wildlife management and conservation legislation, improve the conservation status of grey wolves, striped hyena and leopards, initiate national efforts to manage human bear conflict and undertake countrywide habitat restoration efforts for wildlife. I have also contributed to cross-boundary nature protection efforts in the Caucasus, worked to strengthen the IUCN network in Central Asia as co-chair of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group South Asia Brown Bear Expert Team and played a key role in the establishment of the IUCN BSG Human-Bear Conflict Expert Team.
I have trained students and wildlife managers in techniques for surveying rare species in remote environments and for managing human-wildlife conflicts, and also worked to produce educational materials and TV documentaries.