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Nurbahar Usta Baykal | Ph.D. student

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My research topic wanders around the forest dynamics and vegetation structure of a both biodiversity hotspot & mythologically famous mountain of Turkey, Mt. Ida (Kazdağları) with questions specific to Kazdağı Fir (Abies nordmanniana subsp. equi-trojani). I try to understand the reasons of its severely fragmented habitat & whether it is possible to connect fragments with forest corridors (Funded by The Rufford Foundation). Its tangled taxonomic position, seed strategy, competition relations with other species such as Anatolian Black Pine (Pinus nigra subsp. pallasiana), the effect of climate change on its distribution, its glacial refugia are a few of the questions which forms the structural background of my studies

Besides my PhD, I dare to ask questions which falls into the topics of environmental sociology, ecocritism and conservation management. Also, fan of book clubs & house plants.




2019 – … Hacettepe University, Biology (PhD.)

2016 – 2019 Middle East Technical University, Biological Sciences (MSc) – Thesis

2010 – 2016 Yıldız Technical University, Bioengineering (BSc)


2019 – 2020 Capacity Building to Connect Severely Fragmented Populations of Kazdagi Fir


2019 – …  Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Society, Board Member

2018 – 2019 Nature for Youth and City with Nature Conservation Centre

2018 – 2019 Youth-led Advocacy for Wildlife Conservation with Doğa Derneği (DD)

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