I am currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona (since 2010). As a seismologist, my research involves imaging earths interior (especially plate boundaries) and understanding its dynamics using energy radiating from earthquakes. To be more specific, I investigate the structure, deformation and interraction of tectonic plates and the mantle (asthenosphere) along and across plate boundary zones. During my studies I had the opportunity to study various regions across the globe including Southwest Pacific (Solomon Islands), Anatolia, Western North America (SW Wyoming), and Central South America (Chile, Bolivia and Peru).
I got my bachelors degree in geoIogical engineering at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey where I also obtained my masters degree in structural geology and tectonics. During my MSc. I studied the structural and tectonic characteristics of strike-slip basins along the north-central segment of the North Anatolian Fault Zone. Finally I earned my PhD. degree in seismology at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, where I investigated the mantle dynamics beneath the North Anatolian Fault Zone and infuence of Eastern mediterranean subduction zones and slabs on the deformation characteristics crust and mantle of the region. Please visit the “Research” and “Publications” pages if you want to learn more about my research interests.