Bachelor of Science, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey, 1994. Master of Science, University California, Santa Cruz, California, 1998. Doctor of Philosophy, University California, Santa Cruz, California, 2001.
Biology instructor CAMP-Mining Enforcement And Safety Administration Summer Science Fellowship, Santa Cruz, California, 1999—2000. Assistant professor Mustafa Kemal University, Antakya / Hatay, Turkey, since 2002. Research associate Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, since 2002.
Vice president at science institute Mustafa Kemal University, Antakya / Hatay, Turkey, since 2003.
Member of International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ISSA) (associate), American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) (associate).
Married Cetin Ates, June 21, 2003.