Research Interests: Biogeochemical Cycles, Anoxia, Nanogeoscience, Deep-sea Ecology, Extreme Environments, Blue Economy


  • Post-Doc. 2013-2015, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
  • Post-Doc. 2010-2013, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Laboratory of Benthic Ecogeochemistry, Banyuls-sur-mer, France
  • Ph.D. 2010, Oceanography University of Delaware, College of Marine and Earth Sciences, USA
  • B.Sc. 2005, Chemical Engineering, METU, TÜRKİYE

Career Highlights

  • 33 international publications: 29 as journal papers (10 as first author) and 4 book chapters
  • Participated in 10 international ocean expeditions and 5 submersible dives to ocean floor
  • PI of several TUBITAK projects and local coordinator and co-coordinator for several EU projects 
  • Coordinator of European Research Council (ERC) Horizon Europe DeepTrace project
  • BAGEP 2019 Science Academy - Distinguished Young Scientist Award, Turkish Academy of Sciences – TUBA-GEBIP 2018
  • Distinguished Young Scientist Award, 2017 ODTÜ Young Investigator Award, and 2015 TUBITAK Reintegration Grant

Selected Publications

  1. Findlay, A.J., Estes, E.R., Gartman, A., Yücel, M., Kamyshny, A., Jr., Luther, G.W., 2019. Iron and sulfide nanoparticle formation and transport in nascent hydrothermal vent plumes. Nature Communications 10(1), 1597. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09580-5
  2. Yücel M, Beaton AD, Dengler M, Mowlem MC, Sohl F, Sommer S (2015) Nitrate and Nitrite Variability at the Seafloor of an Oxygen Minimum Zone Revealed by a Novel Microfluidic In-Situ Chemical Sensor. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0132785. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132785
  3. Yücel M (2013). Down the thermodynamic ladder: A comparative study of marine redox gradients across diverse sedimentary environments. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 131, 83-92.
  4. Yücel M, Sievert SM, Vetriani C, Foustoukos DI, Giovannelli D, Le Bris N (2013). Eco-geochemical dynamics of a shallow-water hydrothermal vent system at Milos Island, Aegean Sea (Eastern Mediterranean). Chemical Geology 256, 11-20.
  5. Yücel M, Gartman A, Chan CS, Luther GW (2011). Hydrothermal vents as a kinetically stable source of iron-sulphide-bearing nanoparticles to the ocean, Nature Geoscience 4, 367-371
  6. Yücel M, Konovalov SK, Moore TS, Janzen C, Luther GW (2010). Sulfur speciation in the upper Black Sea sediments. Chemical Geology 269, 364-375.