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 Core Team

Taner Yildiz

Taner Yildiz

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

Nazli Demirel

Nazli Demirel

Associate Professor, Istanbul University, Turkey Fisheries, fisheries management and stock assessment specialist

Burak Ali Cicek

Burak Ali Cicek

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

Our Collaborators

Adi Barash

Adi Barash

PhD Candidate, Israel Mediterranean shark and ray expert

Anna Occhipinti-Ambrogi

Anna Occhipinti-Ambrogi

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

Salome Bu

Salome Bu

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

Francesco Colloca

Francesco Colloca

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

Mustafa Zengin

Mustafa Zengin

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

Emre Yemişken

Emre Yemişken

Marine bioactive compounds specialist, Hydrobiology Dept., Istanbul University

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

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

Vahdet Ünal

Vahdet Ünal

Professor in Fisheries Economics & Fisheries Management, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey

Mert Gokalp

Mert Gokalp

Marine biologist/ Documentary maker, Istanbul, Turkey

Alexander Q. Fogg

Alexander Q. Fogg

Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Derby Event Director, Marine Resource Manager, Okaloosa County, Florida, USA

Steve Gittings

Steve Gittings

Science Coordinator- NOAA Office of Marine Sanctuaries, Maryland, USA

Holden E. Harris

Holden E. Harris

Post-doc, University of Florida, Ecosystem Modeling and Lionfish expert, Florida, USA

Phil Karp

Phil Karp

Citizen Scientist focusing on valorization of invasive species, USA

Lionfish University

Lionfish University

JV Hart and Stacy Frank’s non-profit NGO dedicated to lionfish research, awareness and control

Anthony Valiulis

Anthony Valiulis

CEO Castawave, Lionfish Solutions Specialist

Support Team

Scott W. Gonnello

Scott W. Gonnello

CEO of Lionfish Central and creator of the Lionfish Patrol App

Ali Kaan Topuz

Ali Kaan Topuz

Oceanids Diving Center Kaş, Turkey