Dr. Çağan Hakkı Şekercioğlu (Istanbul, 1975) is the president of the conservation organization “KuzeyDoğa” and serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah. After graduating from Harvard University in 1997, he completed his doctoral degree at Stanford University in 2003. In 2007, he founded “KuzeyDoğa” an organization in Kars, and contributed to its activities while he worked as a senior research scientist at Stanford University. In 2008, Dr. Şekercioğlu received the Whitley Gold Award from The Princess Anne, Princess Royal for his project on protection, research, ecologic restoration, and ecotourism of Kuyucuk Lake in Kars. Due to these achievements, he was invited to the Buckingham Palace by The Princess Anne. In the same year, Şekercioğlu, who was counted among the top 1 % scientists cited in the world, was chosen as one of the “100 Hopes for the Future of Turkey" by Newsweek Turkey in the field of ecology and environmental science in the past 10 years. He was also selected as the “Best scientist in Turkey of the Year" by NTV / Radikal. In 2011, he was named the "National Geographic Rising explorer of the Year", and received the "Respect for Wetlands Award." His works have merited awards granted by the Turkish President Abdüllah Gül, Minister for EU Affairs Egemen Bağış, and Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs Veysel Eroğlu.
Dr. Şekercioğlu has seen 55 percent of the planet’s birds in 70 countries and on every continent. He meticulously gathers data from fieldwork and scientific literature, and combines it with global warming and habitat loss scenarios to estimate bird extinctions. He charts and analyzes the causes and consequences of vanishing bird populations via projects in biodiversity hot spots such as Costa Rica, Turkey, Ethiopia, Nepal, and Tanzania. Dr. Şekercioğlu has published three books and over 50 articles.
1993, International Biology Olympics (Silver Medal)
2001, Actual magazine, listed in the 100 academicians in Turkey
2003, Junior Chamber International TOYP program, selected as the most successful youth in the category of Environment and Ethics Leadership
2007, Head of the Association of KuzeyDoğa (Kars-based)
2008, Whitley Gold Award (England)
2009, Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators
2010, Newsweek Turkey, listed in the "100 hopes for the future of Turkey"
2010, NTV/Radikal, "Scientist of the Year in Turkey"
2011, National Geographic, "The rising of the Year" Award
2011, Turkey Respect for Wetlands Award
2012, Çevre College Green Planet Award
2013, Turkey′s first Wetland Science Encouragement Award
Reference: bioweb.biology.utah.edu, kuzeydoga.org, stanford.edu, nationalgeographic.com