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Dr. Çağan Hakkı Şekercioğlu


Born in 1975 in Istanbul, Turkey. He studied biology and antropology at Harvard University and is currently a senior scientist at Stanford University Center for Conservation Biology, specializing in community-based conservation, ecology, ornithology, and tropical biology. His doctoral research focused on the causes and consequences of bird extinctions around the world. He has conducted ornithological fieldwork in Alaska, Angola, Colorado, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Turkey and Uganda to investigate the ecological factors behind the extinction-proneness of certain groups, such as tropical understory insectivores. He has an extensive ongoing bird ringing and radio tracking study in Costa Rica to understand the factors behind the disappearance and survival of tropical forest bird species in human-dominated landscapes. He has compiled and continues to analyze a database of all the world's bird species to understand the distributions and determinants of avian life history traits and extinction correlates, and to assess the implications of avian extinctions on bird-mediated ecosystem processes and services, such as pollination, seed dispersal, and control of insect outbreaks. İn addition to his empirical research, he is currently conducting community-based conservation projects in Ethiopia and Turkey. His objectives are to integrate conservation education, research, capacity building and income generation, to increase the contribution of ecotourism, especially birdwatching, to community-based conservation in the developing world, and to improve the role of the private sector in the conservation of biodiversity. His ultimate goal is to prevent extinctions and consequent collapses of critical ecosystem processes while making sure that human communities benefit from conservation as much as the wildlife they help conserve.

Emrah Çoban
Science Coordinator and Biologist

Born in 1984 in Eskisehir, Turkey. He studied biology at Kafkas University. He is currently a graduate student in the Kafkas University Biology Department in Kars. He started to volunteer for the Kars-Iğdır Biodiversity project in April 2006 and after finishing his military service, was hired by KuzeyDoğa Society in November 2008. He is responsible for field work, promotion, public relations, lobbying, large carnivore, ethnobotany surveys and organizing plant illustration courses. He is studying the birds of Lake Kuyucuk for his master thesis. He has been living in Kars since 2001. 
Lale Aktay

Projects Coordinator, Conservation Biologist, Environmental Educator

She got her masters degree in natural and applied sciences and bachelor’s degree in biology. She has extensive local, national and international experience both voluntary and professional in project management, site and species monitoring, awareness raising through various stakeholders, data gathering projects, drafting project proposals, development and implementation of environmental education programmes, preparation and implementation of wetland management plans and programmes, working about documentary films including being the deputy director and technical copywriter, working with different stakeholders (teachers, children, farmers, women, politicians, managers, youth etc). Her work has been both with GOs and NGOs such as managing the international UNEP/GEF African-Eurasian Flyways Project/ Lake Burdur Demonstration Project for Nature Society, consulting Nature Research Society, working as an environmental educator for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and working as a biologist for Antalya Metropolitan Municipality. She attended many national and international trainings and workshops to broaden her knowledge and experience in conservation. These trainings include a four-month training on raptor conservation at Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania. She has a very strong coordination, education, communication skills across the social strata and ability to work in multicultural environments. Full-time staff since January 2013 at KuzeyDoga Society.

By Alexander Pushkin

"I rode along a wide valley, surrounded by hills. Soon I saw Kars, standing out white on one of them. My Turk kept pointing it out to me, repeating '"Kars, Kars!'" and put his horse into a gallop. I followed him tormented by anxiety: it was in Kars that my fate would be decided."

Alexander Pushkin, "A Journey to Arzrum", 1829 

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