You can reach my academic resume from February 5th, 2019 in the following link.
My major was in chemistry. One should understand many different branches of chemistry in order to be able to comprehend the big picture. However, in the end, specialization is required, such as working mostly on analytical chemistry, or organic chemistry etc. This was, somewhat distant to my research "dreams" at that time, and even in my sophomore year, I started work in different department's research groups and also took technical courses outside of chemistry as well. With time, an array of topics sounded interesting to me, in which I can illustrate with the following image.
Of course, in the center of my interest there has been always the chemistry, as I criticize the research from that region far easier. Gradually I took other courses and studied them, and found interesting areas there as well. An example is the emergence of my master thesis topic, modeling the irrigation by contaminated groundwater. I was directly interested in chemical contamination, which contains Chemistry and Environmental Science. Then, the contamination in the groundwater looked more persistent and hard to clean than surface water bodies and I started to study them as well. This required both Geology and Engineering methods, such as numerical modeling (finite difference, finite element method etc.). After that, I asked a question, where this should be more important? Under what kind of conditions working the chemical contamination of groundwater will be significant? The answer was agricultural pollution, mostly nitrate. The nitrate mismanagement results in a considerable fraction of the global warming and economic loss at the same time, even without mentioning the eutrophication probability or contamination of the drinking water sources. Lastly, dealing with agricultural pollution also required to know the agriculture itself, which is actually quite a complicated term itself. Agriculture is a highly interdisciplinary field, in which one can virtually utilize entire knowledge generated through our civilization for optimizing the agriculture (might be an interesting blog entry, by the way). The requirement of learning water resources system also came in this time more clearly, as the agriculture was impacted extremely over climate, precipitation, available water resources and at the same time it also affects them. This state of agriculture intrigues me, it is very hard to deal and requires many things, collaborations, new perspectives, and precision. That's why at the moment I am mostly interested in agricultural water/fertilizer management.
Besides academic struggle, I also have a life. Of course, there are some parts academy is interspersed in it. For example, one of my hobbies is summarizing interesting up-to-date review articles, in which you can find under literature reviewing part of this website. Another free-time activity is Tango. I like to do many things simultaneously, and Tango is just like that, even more. You, (especially as a male) not only listen to the music and dance accordingly, but also direct your partner and understand her feedbacks, wary of your surrounding continuously, be fluid, and also take pleasure if you still have a second left :]. I am also taking part in student communities, METU Green Campus Society and METU Orchard. In the former one, we try to increase the sustainability of our campus, in the latter we are mostly concentrated on our decent sized orchard, a fully organic and community farming activity. In addition to this, I like to convey my knowledge to others (constantly lecturing :] ), reading (mostly on public transport), and running (of course). I also like to play chess but as it is very demanding on time and effort, nowadays I only solve some puzzles on ChessTempo.
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