ABOUT US

Aylin was raised in Canada, and is also a Turkish citizen. She received her MSc in fisheries science in 2013 from Daniel Pauly (Sea Around Us) at the University of British Columbia. In 2018, she received her PhD from Sorbonne University and University of Pavia, Italy in Marine Ecosystem Health & Conservation studying invasive species in the Mediterranean Sea. Aylin is also a PADI Dive Instructor, avid underwater photographer, and has experience designing and conducting marine conservation assessment projects all around the world. Aylin has worked and lived in Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Honduras, Belize and Italy. Now she specializes in studying Mediterranean alien species, fisheries science, fisheries management and ecology, and is based in southern Turkey.

 

Lionfish in the Mediterranean off the coast of Turkey

Mersea Consulting Aylin Ulman Director

Director: Aylin Ulman

The marine ecosystem reaps us with so many rewards, yet its health is under extreme threat from many cumulative stressors such as overfishing, invasive species, pollution and climate change. The Mediterranean Sea especially suffers from the highest rates of overfishing and alien species invasions, which are our two focus study areas. Our mission is to help improve the Mediterranean by doing science that matters, along with outreach, action and advocacy, to help change policy. Our strong sense of urgency to improve the marine realm unites us. Whether you need help with project planning, collaborators, collecting samples, conducting field-work, data analysis or scientific writing, we are here to help! We also especially contribute to Mediterranean basin-wide projects.

 

Our Scientific Collaborators

Anna Occhipinti-Ambrogi

Anna Occhipinti-Ambrogi

Professor of Ecology, University of Pavia, Italy Mediterranean non-indigenous species and bryozoan expert

Adi Barash

Adi Barash

PhD Candidate, Israel Mediterranean shark and ray expert

Salome Bu

Salome Bu

PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada Coral, kelp and elasmobranch specialist

Burak Ali Cicek

Burak Ali Cicek

Professor, Marine Biology, Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus MPA, cetacean, turtle and elasmobranch specialist

Francesco Colloca

Francesco Colloca

Researcher, Stazione Zoologica Antoni Dohrn, Napoli, Italy Marine ecologist, conservationist, biodiversity and climate change specialist

Nazli Demirel

Nazli Demirel

Associate Professor, Istanbul University, Turkey Fisheries, fisheries management and fecundity specialist

Jasmine Ferrario

Jasmine Ferrario

Post-Doc, University of Pavia, Italy Macroinvertebrate, biofouling and bryozoan specialist

Aitor Forcada

Aitor Forcada

Associate Professor, University of Alicante, Spain Fisheries assessments, MPA, GIS and statistics specialist

Giulio Franzitta

Giulio Franzitta

Technician & Scientific Diver, Stazione Zoologica Antoni Dhorn Napoli, Italy Marine ecologist specializing in benthic econogy, alien species, MPAs & habitat restoration

Ioannis Giovos

Ioannis Giovos

iSea Founder and Fisheries Director, Thessaloniki, Greece Fisheries & elasmobranch specialist

Claire Hornby

Claire Hornby

Fisheries Scientist, Department of Fisheries & Oceans, Manitoba, Canada Cetacean specialist

Merve Karakus

Merve Karakus

Fisheries Engineer/Researcher. Coordinator Bayoma Project, Demre, Turkey Deep sea biology and ecology & invasive species specialist

Veronica Lo

Veronica Lo

Researcher, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden Protected area mgmt., stakeholder engagement, climate change, ecosystem-based adaptation

Agnese Marchini

Agnese Marchini

Associate Professor, Ecology, University of Pavia, Italy Amphipod, biofouling and ecology specialist

Christoph Monsens

Christoph Monsens

Post-Doc, University of Ghent, Belgium Ecotoxicology, fatty acid, tropic ecology & marine biodiversity specialist

Eezin Ong

Eezin Ong

Post-Doc, University of Ghent, Belgium Climate change, ocean acidification, ecophysiology and behavioural responses to stressors

Daniel Pauly

Daniel Pauly

Daniel Pauly Director, Sea Around Us, University of British Columbia, Canada Grandfather of fisheries science, fishbase and 'Shifting baselines' founder

Chiara Piroddi

Chiara Piroddi

Researcher, Joint Research Council, European Commission, Ispra, Italy Ecopath modeler, fisheries & fisheries management specialist

Rily Pollom

Rily Pollom

IUCN Shark Specialist, Vancouver, Canada

Robin Ramdeen

Robin Ramdeen

MPA scientist, The Waitt Foundation & Blue Halo Initiative Caribbean & Maldives

Roxani Naasan Aga-Spyridopoluou

Roxani Naasan Aga-Spyridopoluou

Researcher, iSea, Thessaloniki, Greece Shark and ray researcher

Taner Yildiz

Taner Yildiz

Associate Professor, Fisheries Faculty, Istanbul University, Turkey Fish biology, biodiversity, fisheries management specialist

Mustafa Zengin

Mustafa Zengin

Researcher, Central Fisheries Research Institute, Trabzon, Turkey Black Sea fisheries specialist