Functional Ecology Lab


Functional Ecology Lab is in Division of Ecology, Department of Biology at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey and is supervised by Çağatay Tavşanoğlu (formerly, Fire Ecology and Seed Research Lab).

The lab’s main research field is functional ecology, with a major emphasis on fire ecology and plant ecology. We are trying to understand the ecological and evolutionary dynamics in ecosystems using functional trait-based approaches. We are specifically interested in the dynamics of Mediterranean-type ecosystems and Anatolian steppe grasslands.

Plant response (populations, communities, and functional traits) to climatic and fire regime changes is among our current interests. We perform research on the post-disturbance recovery of species, communities, and ecosystems, and the ecology of seed germination and dormancy during these processes. We also study the role of animals in the seed dispersal of plants.