Ayse Mergenci (2013)
Alumni Diploma Students
I obtained a BSc in Biology in 2004 from Hacettepe University, studied as an exchange student at Jagiellonian University, Poland in 2008-2009, obtained an MSc in Zoology in 2009 from Ankara University, and started a PhD at Bogazici University in 2012. I have volunteered for a number of projects (from sea turtles, to birds and endemic plants) during my study and after-study life. My first experience with large carnivores was during a LIFE extra project on Apennine Mountains of Italy where I assisted in snow tracking wolves and collecting genetic samples. I’ve volunteered for large carnivore projects in Turkey with the KuzeyDoga Society and in Croatia with the University of Zagreb where I collected scat samples, did sign surveys, assisted camera-trapping, collaring wolves and bears, making surveys about human-wildlife conflict.
I hope that attending this diploma course will help me to contribute wildlife conservation in Turkey with a focus on large carnivores.