The symposium full programme is given below. You can also download the pdf version from here. (last updated on july 16, 2018).


8:00 - 9:15 Registration
9:15 - 9:30 Opening Remarks
9:30 - 10:15 Robert Ptacnik "Relevance of dispersal limitation in aquatic microbial communities."
Ecology Session
10:15 – 10:30 Bilgenur Baloglu “Next-generation freswater bioassessment in the 21 st century: Species-level resolution for non-biting midges (Diptera: Chironomidae) and impications for conservation.”
10:30 – 10:45 Pınar Ertör Akyazı “Cooperation and institutions: Framed field experiments with small-scale fishing communities.”
10:45 – 11:00 Arzu Karahan “Metataxonomics for the Micro-plastic and other Particle Attached Habitats in the Northeastern Mediterranean Sea.”
11:00 - 11:30 Tea/Coffee break
Ecology Session
11:30 - 11:45 Meryem Beklioğlu “Influences of climate and land use on the ecology of Mediterranean shallow lakes: a space-for-time substitution approach.”
11:45 - 12:00 Rengin Özgür Uzilday “UV-B stress induced changes in Asada-Halliwell pathway and the glutathione metabolism of a high altitude perennial Arabis alpina in comparion with its relative Arabidopsis thaliana.”
12:00 – 12:15 Muneeb M. Musthafa “Ecological Niche Preferences of Beetle Communities at Mountain Ecosystem in Fraser's Hill, Malaysia.”
12:15 – 12:30 Hakan Sivri  “Human-Wildlife Conflict in Kastamonu: Evaluating the Perception of Game Hunters.”
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch
13: 45 - 14:45 Collaboration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Projects: On  Legality of Wildlife trade in Turkey
Evolutionary Biology Session
14:45 – 15:00 Selin Küçükavşar “Discovering prokaryotic dynamic in marine environment by using a combination of genetic analysis and numerical ecosystem models.”
15:00 - 15:15 Murat Telli “Expression and interaction of microRNAs and mRNAs in response to predator kairomone in the water flea, Daphnia magna.”
15:15 – 15:30 Ved Prakash Kumar “Genetic study of endangered Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR), Uttarakhand, India: A conservation genetic approach.”
15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee break
Evolutionary Biology Session
16:00 – 16:15 Sevgi Kaynar “Identification of Fish Species in Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) Diet Using DNA Metabarcoding of Feacal Samples.”
16:15 – 16:30 Malavi Sengupta “Genomic Organization and Standing Structural Variation of the MHC of the Three-spined Stickleback.”
16:30 – 16:45 Begüm Uzun “Genetic structure of the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in the Turkish waters based on mtDNA sequences.”
16:45 – 17:00 Özgül Yahyaoğlu “Radiation via hybridisation: Evolution in  Poecilimon bosphricus species group (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae).”
17:00 - 18:30 Poster Session




Hasan Sevgili

The investment of nuptial gift and immunity: Comparison the sex differences in mate searching between two species in the bush-cricket genus Poecilimon
Nastassia Uluduz Sightings of three cetacean species in the south part of the Black Sea
Dilek Arslan Analysis of body size/mass and immunity in the Gryllus bimaculatus (Orthoptera: Gryllidae)
Yekbun Adiguzel Information Theory in Ecology and Evolution
Roja Fidel Acar Polymorphisms in the Promoter Region of GULO Gene in Dogs
Ahmet Efe Köseoğlu Analysis of Codon Differences and Glycosylation Profiles Among Mammalian and Avian Foxp2 Genes and Proteins
Halil Mert Solak Altitudinal effects on evolution of globin gene clusters and host adaptation on Nannospalax xanthodon

Martina Panisi

Biological invasion and the conservation of endemic island species: São Tomé Archachatina giant land snails (Pulmonata: Achatinidae)

Meriç Erdolu

First Steps to Resolve Reticulate Speciation Process in Bisexual and Parthenogenetic lizards of genus Darevska in East Anatolia and Caucacus
Zahida Sultanova Testing the “unguarded X” hypothesis in Drosophila melanogaster: Inbreeding results in a potentially maladaptive sex-specific decline in female lifespan
Esra Öztürk First record of Terpios gelatinosus (Porifera: Demospongiae; Bowerbank, 1866) along the coasts of Mediterranean Sea in Turkey verified by DNA barcoding
Berivan Temiz Phylogenetic and Phylogeographic resolution of the Ascidians along the Turkish Levantine Coasts
Utku Perktaş A geographical survey of mitochondrial DNA variation in greenfinch populations in Anatolia
Anastasia A. Osiyeva Pilot genetic assessment of the eastern most populations of Carpathian endemic Montandon`s newt Lissotriton montandoni within Bibrka-Stilsko Hill ridge (Lviv region,Ukraine)
Sofiko Kurdadze Rock lizards-Gene flow and hybridization within species of 'caucasica' clade
Elif Göçer Breeding ecology of the scops owl (Otus scops) at the Metu campus (Ankara, Turkey): Preliminary findings.
Reyhan Yaka New insights into the maternal history of Anatolian and north Mesopotamian populations since the Neolithic
Sibel Küçükyıldırım The Genome-wide analysis of spontaneous mutations in Acidobacterium capsulatum
Can Elverici Ecogeographical Variation of Rock Nuthatches
Meriç Halide Boyar Analysis of spatial and temporal changes at surface area of Homa lagoon (Izmir Bay, Aegean Sea) using remote sensing techniques.
Elif Bozlak The profile of de novo mutations in horse
Natia Barateli Genetic and morphological variability in bisexual (Darevskia portschinskii) and unisexual (Darevskia dali) Caucasian Rock Lizards
Onur Uluar Phylogenetic Utility of Secondary Structure of ITS2: A Snapshot from Anterastes (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae)
Emrah Kırdök  Authentication of ancient DNA sequences when there is no reference genome
Merve Nur Aydemir A new putative transcription termination signal which interact transcription termination factors in Ecdysozoa
 Habeş Bilal Aydemir  Identification of differentially expressed sense and antisense transcripts in mitochondrial genes of Syrista pareyyssi (Hymenoptera: Cephidae)
Semiha Demirbaş Çağlayan The Dilemma of species protection in action


9:30 - 10:15  Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo "The genes underlying species diversity"
Evolutionary Biology Session
10:15 – 10:30 Zahida Sultanova “Natural selection via condition-dependent predation enhances the costs of male ageing on female reproductive success, exacerbating sexual conflict.”
10:30 – 10:45 Gökçe Aköz “The mysterious case of a single Aquilegia chromosome.”
10:45 – 11:00 Bahar Patlar “Seminal fluid mediates sexual conflict over ejaculate fate.”
11:00 - 11:15 Ab. Matteen Rafiqi “Developmental mechanism of a major evolutionary transition in ants.”
11:15 - 11:45 Tea/Coffee break
Evolutionary Biology Session
11:45 – 12:00 Ömer Gökçümen “Amylase copy-number analysis in different mammalian lineages reveals convergent adaptive bursts shaped by diet.”
12:00 – 12:15 Recep Özgür Taşkent “Shared polymorphisms reveal additional pulses of Neanderthal introgression.”
12:15 – 12:30 N. Ezgi Altınışık “Modelling the origin and expansion of Turkic speakers.”
12:30 - 12:45 Anders Götherström “Genome from the Pontic-Caspian steppe, a closer look at the genomics behind the bronze  and iron age demography in southern Ural.”
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Gender Equality in Science in Turkey
Ecology Session
15:00– 15:15 Erol Akçay “Coevolution of social phenotypes with the context they evolve in.”
15:15– 15:30 İsmail Bekar “Cross-regional modelling of fire ignitions in Europe.”
15:30– 15:45 Anıl Bahar “Modeling vegetation dynamics in Mediterranean pine forests: Effect of fire frequency and plant abundance.”
15:45 - 16:15 Tea/Coffee break
Ecology Session
16:15 – 16:30 Mert Elverici “Drivers of Spider (Arachnida:Araneae) Biodiversity in an ‘Olive Grove Ecosystem’ in North-Western Anatolia (Çanakkale and Balıkesir, Turkey).”
16:30 – 16:45 Mariam Gabelaia “Use of 3 Dimensional Geometric Morfometrics for Identication of Closely Related Species of Caucasion Rock Lizards (Darevskia).”
16:45 – 17:00 Alper Ertürk“An Evaluation of Live-Capturing Methods for Large Carnivores in Turkey .”
17:00 – 18:30 Annual General Assembly of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Society of Turkey

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018

9:30 - 10:15 Beatriz Vicoso  "Evolution of gene dosage on the sex chromosome of schistosome parasites"
Ecology Session
10:15 – 10:30 Esra Durmaz “A clinal inversion in Drosophila represents a life-history supergene.”
10:30 – 10:45 İrem Sepil “Reproductive ageing in male fruit flies.”
10:45 – 11:00 Nur Seda Coşkun “Adaptation to seasonal changes: A strong relationship between desiccation tolerance and seasonal cues in Drosophila melanogaster.”
11:00 - 11:30 Tea/Coffee break
Ecology Session
11:30 – 11:45 Çaglar Akcay “Urban dishonesty in song sparrows?”
11:45 – 12:00 E. Yagmur Erten “Can birds beat cancer?”
12:00 – 12:15 Kaan Kerman “The Effect of Social context on measures of boldness: zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) are bolder when housed individually.”
12:15    12:30 Bilgecan Şen “Detecting Density Dependence in North American Landbird Populations.”
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 14:45 Poster Session
Evolutionary Biology Session
14: 45 - 15:30 Alexey Yanchukov “Partial Coincidence of Microsatellite Genotypes Suggests a Possible Role of Backcrosses in Diversification of Parthenogenetic Rock Lizards.”
14:45 – 15:00 Eren Ada “Identifying patterns of rapid radiation in phylogenomics.”
15:00 – 15:15 Ankita Rajpoot “Evolutionary relationship and molecular dating of Indian monitor lizards (Varanidae) based on mitochondrial gene.”
15:30 - 16:00 Tea/Coffee break
Evolutionary Biology Session
16:00 – 16:15 Emel Çakmak “Genetic diversity is retained in a bottlenecked Cinereous vulture population in Turkey.”
16:15 – 16:30 Ezgi Özkurt “Domestication-driven metaorganism evolution of wheat.”
16:30 – 16:45 Ergi Deniz Özsoy “PGRP-LF, a gene involved in Imd immunological pathway in Drosophila melanogaster, is a new candidate for aging.”
16:45 – 17:00 Ogün Adebali “Identifiying functionally equivalent orthologs in the context of predicting disease-causing mutations.”
17:00 - 18:00 Announcement of Student Awards
18:00- 18:30 Final remarks


Presenting Author Abstract Title
Cansu Fidan Aksoy Spatially varying promoter polymorphism in Dca is not related to wing size cline in East European Drosophila melanogaster populations
Banu Sebnem


Adaptation to cold tolerance in Drosophila melanogaster populations along latitudinal gradient in Europe
Erinç Yurtman Frequency changes of phenotype-associated genetic variants between Neolithic and modern Anatolian populations
Seckin Eroglu Seed iron distribution show conserved patterns among different plant lineages.
Efe Sezgin Host Genetic Determinants of Xanthamonadacea abundance in D. melanogaster
Arev Pelin Sümer Testing for signals of selection near fixed modern human derived sites.
Damla Aygün Host Genetics of Microbiota Diversity in D. melanogaster
Çağatay Tavşanoğlu BROT 2.0: A functional trait database for Mediterranean Basin plants
Shadman Tariq


Hospital Wastewater: a new technologies & optimal methods used for treatment of hospital wastewater before discharge into enviroment
Banu Kaya


Maximum Entropy Approach to Species Distribution Modelling: A case study on Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)
Cansu Cetin Quantitative genetics of immune fuction in pond snail
Hamit İzgi  Gene Expression Reversals in Mouse Ageing and Its Comparison with   Primates
Müjgan Armağan


Maternal age effect emerges as genotype-by-environment interaction for larval olfactory learning in Drosophila melanogaster
Yetkin İpek A study of the changes in the forest phenology in Turkey through MODIS satellite data
A. Dilşad Dağtekin Modeling spatial distribution of oriental beech (Fagus orientalis): Past, present, and future.
Sevgi Yorulmaz An Ancient DNA Investigation on the Çine-Tepecik Archaeological Community: mtDNA Haplogroup Analysis
Yaussra Mannai
Batuhan Yaman


Move Or Not To Move': A Case of Defensive Behaviours of Some Amphibians of Turkey
Ayşegül Er Species Level Molecular Identification of Bird Species Using Environmental DNA
Runa Kvamme


Red-Orange -Red tide algal outbreak study between Konak and Narlidere district in İzmir bay margin of Aegean Sea
Sonia Hammami  Five lepidoptera infesting foliage of oak-kermes (Quercus coccifera) in the North of Tunisia
Pinar Kohlmeier The traces of adaptive maternal effect in fluctuating temperature environments in fruitflies
Raşit Bilgin Bioinformatics Processing of Double-Digest RAD-seq data in Myotis capaccinii around the Mediterranean Basin
Tutku Aykanat Genetic variation in the vgll3 gene is linked to the trophic level of Atlantic salmon at sea
Onur Güntay Intense Pyrethroid Use in Adult Mosquito Control: Possible Effects on Resistance Development and Environment