PhD candidate / guest
Ozan's research in CML is focused on developing new molecular markers for identification and quantification of bio-indicator diatoms and micro-algae.
Ozan got his BSc degree in molecular biology and genetics in 2013 and his MSc degree in marine biology in 2016, both from Middle East Technical University, Turkey. He had focused on evolution and ecology during undergraduate studies and his master's thesis is on assessing the utility of DNA barcoding methodologies for marine biodiversity assessment.
After his masters, he continued to work on eDNA metabarcoding primarily for estimating fish community composition and relative abundances, and contributed to other projects as fecal diet analysis of otters and invasive species detection from ballast water.
Ozan's research in CML is focused on developing new molecular markers for identification and quantification of bioindicator diatoms and microalgae. This markers will be used to estimate the changes in community composition and relative abundances through time in sediment cores, ultimately to gain an understanding on how communities respond to anthropogenic stressors, especially nutrient pollution in Dutch freshwaters.