Marine Biology and Fisheries
Studies on biology of marine organisms, biodiversity, trophic level of organisms, interactions between species and with their surroundings, ecological factors and their effects on marine organisms are carried out. Within this framework, many studies are carried out in research areas such as bacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton, ichthyoplankton, benthic organisms, seagrass, fisheries biology and population dynamics, marine acoustics, stock assessment for fishery management, marine protected areas, marine mammals, molecular biology and genetics.
Marine Geology & Geophysics
Reseaches are carried out to determine the characteristics of the sea floor and metres below the sea floor (‘mbsf’). Morphological structure, nature, thickness and geochemical structure and distribution of the rocks and sediments forming the seafloor and ‘mbsf’ are determined by various methods and tools. At METU-IMS deep-sea research have been carried out in four interconnected programs; i) deep-sea chemosynthetic ecosystems, ii) seafloor characterization and habitat mapping, iii) marine chemical sensors iv) sediment geochemistry and geomicrobiology.
Within the scope of Oceanography various researchers carried out to determination of physical structure of our seas; sea-atmosphere interactions and their effects on the climate system; studies on the concentration, distribution and affects on water quality of substances transported via the atmosphere and sediments; interaction of chemical / biological / physical processes; the relationship between the climate and carbon cycle; genetic biodiversity, species diversity and ecosystem processes; how gas cycles interact with atmospheric and marine particles; how atmospheric nutrient inputs can affect marine production and determination of how these processes affect climate; research on ocean-ice-atmosphere interactions with the Antarctic and Arctic ecosystems.