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Ph.D. 2013, Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity, Aarhus University, Denmark

M.Sc. 2008, Limnology, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

B.Sc. 2005, Biology, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Research Area

Community Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Avian Ecology, Biodiversity

Career Highlights

Co-authored 14 manuscripts, six scientific reports and 41 presentations

Conducted several fieldworks on arctic lakes, experimental limnology (mesocosms), ecosystem monitoring and avifauna in Turkey, Denmark, Greenland, Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea.

Accomplished scuba diver, birdwatcher and nature photographer.

Selected Publications

Cross-taxon congruence in lake plankton largely independent of environmental gradients. Özkan K, Jeppsesen E, Davidson TA, Søndergaard M, Lauridsen TL, Bjerring RB, Johansson LS, Svenning JC. Ecology. 95, 2778-2788. 2014

Environmental species sorting dominates forest-bird community assembly across scales. Özkan K, Svenning JC, Jeppsesen E. Journal of Animal Ecology. 82, 266-274. 2013

The response of periphyton and submerged macrophytes to nitrogen and phosphorus loadings in warm lakes: a mesocosm experiment. Özkan K, Jeppesen E, Johansson LS, Beklioglu M. Freshwater Biology, 55, 463-475. 2010

Long-term trends and temporal synchrony in lake plankton richness, diversity  and biomass driven by re-oligotrophication and climate across 17 Danish Lakes. Özkan K, Jeppsesen E, Bjerring RB, Johansson LS, Davidson TA, Søndergaard M, Lauridsen TL,  Svenning JC. Water. 8, 427. 2016

Contrasting roles of water chemistry, lake morphology, land-use, climate and spatial processes in driving phytoplankton richness in the Danish landscape. Özkan K, Jeppesen E, Søndergaard M, Lauridsen TL, Liboriussen L, Svenning JC. Hydrobiologia. 710, 173-187. 2013