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U Biologist: Biodiversity in Turkey, at Risk Yet Largely Ignored

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Çağan Şekercioğlu, assistant professor of biology at the University of Utah and named National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2011, is lead author on a new paper about the vast biological treasures in Turkey — and the wide-ranging pressures facing them.

About the paper, the New York Times wrote: “…while Turkey’s rich biodiversity is unique and globally important, it remains poorly researched and faces growing threats, especially from development.”  Click here to read the rest of the December 22 article.  The paper was published in the December 2011 issue of the journal  Biological Conservation.

Additionally, in the recent issue of Science, Şekercioğlu and colleagues continue to raise awareness of the issues facing Turkey, noting that “the international scientific community remains largely unaware of both Turkey’s unique biodiversity and its impending peril.” 

A closeup of Şekercioğlu and his work in Turkey can be found in the October 24, 2011 issue of the New Yorker “Natural Histories” by Elif Batuman.



  • medula

    It is certainly true that Turkey has a broad spectrum of biodiversity. It makes me sad when I hear the news about extinction.