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Çağatay Tavşanoğlu | PI

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My current research focuses on functional ecology with a special emphasis on fire ecology and plant ecology. I specifically interest in the ecological dynamics in Mediterranean and Anatolian steppe ecosystems.

My graduate works (2000-2008) include the post-fire vegetation dynamics of Mediterranean vegetation. After receiving a Ph.D. on ecology at Hacettepe University (Turkey) in 2008, I started to work on fire-related germination, in which I still keep on doing with my research team at the Functional Ecology Lab. Later on, I have expanded my area of interest to include plant-animal interactions, climate change ecology, and the germination ecology in a broader sense. Recently, plant functional ecology has become my major research interest as I enjoy creating or improving plant trait databases and to explore associations among traits under functional hypotheses.

I am currently working as a full professor in Division of Ecology, Department of Biology at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. For more information about my past and ongoing research projects, you can check our research page. You can access my full scientific profile from my official personal webpage.

Selected Publications

Kattge, J. et al. (2020) TRY plant trait database – enhanced coverage and open access. Global Change Biology 26: 119-188.

Kazancı, D.D., Tavşanoğlu, Ç. (2019) Heat shock-stimulated germination in Mediterranean Basin plants in relation to growth form, dormancy type, and distributional range. Folia Geobotanica 54: 85-98.

Tavşanoğlu, Ç., Pausas, J.G. (2018) A functional trait database for Mediterranean Basin plants. Scientific Data 5: 180135.

Bekar, İ., Tavşanoğlu, Ç. (2017) Modeling the drivers of natural fire activity: The bias created by cropland fires. International Journal of Wildland Fire 26: 845-851.

Tavşanoğlu, Ç., Gürkan, B. (2014) Long-term post-fire dynamics of co-occuring woody species in Pinus brutia forests: the role of regeneration mode. Plant Ecology 215: 355-365.

Çatav, Ş.S., Küçükakyüz, K., Akbaş, K., Tavşanoğlu, Ç. (2014) Smoke-enhanced seed germination in Mediterranean Lamiaceae. Seed Science Research 24: 257-264.

Moreira, B., Tavsanoglu, Ç., Pausas, J.G. (2012) Local versus regional intraspecific variability in regeneration traits. Oecologia 168: 671-677.

Şekercioğlu, Ç.H., Anderson, S., Akçay, E., Bilgin, R., Can, Ö.E., Semiz, G., Tavşanoğlu, Ç., Yokeş, M.B., Soyumert, A., İpekdal, K., Sağlam, İ.K., Yücel, M., Dalfes, H.N. (2011) Turkey’s globally important biodiversity in crisis. Biological Conservation 144: 2752-2769.

Paula S., Arianoutsou M., Kazanis D., Tavsanoglu Ç., Lloret F., Buhk C., Ojeda F., Luna B., Moreno J.M., Rodrigo A., Espelta J.M., Palacio S., Fernández-Santos B., Fernandes P.M., Pausas J.G. (2009) Fire-related traits for plant species of the Mediterranean Basin. Ecology 90: 1420. 

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