Sukru Besiktepe holds a B.S. degree in physics from Ankara University and a Ph.D. degree in physical oceanography (1991) from the Institute of Marine Sciences of the Middle East Technical University (IMS-METU), Turkey. Besiktepe joined IMS-METU as an Assistant Professor in 1991 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996. He was a Visiting Scientist at Harvard University at different times from 1996 to 2002. He became the Director of IMS-METU in 2002 served as a director till 2007; he had coordinated the institute’s national and international interdisciplinary activities ranging from oceanographic database development studies to marine pollution and from development of ocean observing and prediction system to health of the ecosystem funded by NATO, EU Framework Programmes, Turkish Scientific, and Technical Research Council, and so forth. Besiktepe was the Executive Secretary of Black Sea GOOS, collaborating with international organizations active in the Black Sea region. He worked at NATO Undersea Research Laboratory, La Spezia, Italy, as Head of the Modeling and Prediction group from 2007 and 2010. Since May 2010, he has been serving as a Professor of physical oceanography in the Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology of the Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey. He is the Member of the European Marine Observation and Data Expert Group. Besiktepe's research interests include combining observations and dynamical models to attain coupled physical and biogeochemical dynamical processes in semi-enclosed seas with particular emphasis given to the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.
Biography Updated on 3 December 2012