Dr. Tamer Albayrak

Anatolia has very important biodiversity due to geographic structure and climatic conditions. I try to understand to phylogeography and evolutionary process of the Anatolian birds. 

My professional interests include evolutionary biology, molecular and morphological evolution, behavioral ecology, and host-parasite interactions including: phylogeography and population genomics, ecology of avian Haemosporidian parasites. I am also interested in specific bird as model organism, Krueper’s Nuthatch. I am head of the Zoology Department and Lab of Ornithology at Mehmet Akif Ersoy University. I married with two sons, Kuzey and Deniz

Education and position


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Education and position


2017- continuous Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Science and Art Faculty, Department of Biology, Burdur, Turkey


2012- 2017 Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Science and Art Faculty, Department of Biology, Burdur, Turkey


2008-2012 Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Science and Art Faculty, Department of Biology, Burdur, Turkey


2011 Heidelberg University, Institute of Pharmacy & Molecular Biotechnology (IPMB) Director Division Biology

Ph.D. and MSc

Akdeniz University, Science and Art Faculty Department of Biology, antalya, Turkey

Research Assistant 1999 - 2008 Akdeniz University, Science and Art Faculty, Department of Biology, Antalya, Turkey


Responsible for Projects. 2008-2008 Human and Nature Society, Antalya, Turkey 

Teacher 1996-1999 Ministry of National Education, Polatlı, Ankara.

Recent Projects

TUBITAK 1001 117O580
Determination of genetic diversity of Chukar (Alectoris chukar, Aves) within the framework of protection of National genetic resources, the creation of production, release and hunting strategies.

COST Action CA18134 G-BIKE 

Genomic Biodiversity Knowledge for Resilient Ecosystems.

COST Action CA16224 
European Raptor Biomonitoring Facility.

TUBITAK 1001 113O271
Investigation, conservation, and detection of genetic diversity of some forest songbirds within the framework of protection of National genetic resources

COST Action ES1304 ParrotNet
European network on invasive parakeets: Understanding invasion dynamics and risks to agriculture and society

MAKU BAP 0318-NAP-16
Molecular study on blood parasites of songbirds through the elevation in Beydağları Coastal National Park, Antalya 

The mtDNA-COI Barcoding of  Songbirds (Aves: Passeriformes) of  Beydağları and its Comparison with Evolutionary Phylogenetic Trees Formed by the mtDNA-ND2 gene. 

MAKU BAP 092-YL-16
Molecular study on blood parasites of songbirds through the elevation in Kazdağları National Park, Balıkesir



  •  Albayrak T., Erdoğan A.2018. Distribution, density, and important hotspots of Krüper’s Nuthatch Sitta krueperiin Turkey and Lesvos Island, Greece. Turkish Journal of Zoology, 42: doi:10.3906/zoo-1706-7

  • ALBAYRAK T. 2017. Morphometric variation of house sparrow, Passer domesticus in polluted and unpolluted areas in Turkey. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin 26: 6857-6861 
  • Liviu G Pârâu, Diederik Strubbe, Emiliano Mori, Mattia Menchetti, Leonardo Ancillotto, André van Kleunen, Rachel L White, Álvaro Luna, Dailos Hernández-Brito, Marine Le Louarn, Philippe Clergeau, Tamer Albayrak, Detlev Franz, Michael P Braun, Julia Schroeder, Michael Wink. 2016. Rose-ringed parakeet Psittacula krameri populations and numbers in Europe: a complete overview. The Open Ornithology Journal, 9/1: 1-13. DOI: 10.2174/1874453201609010001
  • HELLGREN, O., ATKINSON, C.T., BENSCH, S. ALBAYRAK, T., DIMITROV, D., EWEN, J.G. KIM, K.S., LIMA, M.R., MARTIN, L., PALINAUSKAS, V., RICKLEFS, R., SEHGAL, R.NM., VALKIŪNAS, G., TSUDA, Y., MARZAL, A.. 2015. Global phylogeography of the avian malaria pathogen Plasmodium relictum based on MSP1 allelic diversity. Ecography, 38: 001–009 doi: 10.1111/ecog.01158 SCI.

  • OZMEN, O.; ADANIR, R., HALIGUR, M., ALBAYRAK, T., KOSE, O., IPEK, V. 2013. Parasitologic and Pathologic Observations of The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 44 (3): 564-569 SCI.
  • DİK, B.; ALBAYRAK, T.; ADANİR, R.; USLU, U. 2013. Chewing lice (Phthiraptera; Ischnocera, Amblycera) species found on some songbirds (Aves: Passeriformes). Kafkas Üniversitesi Veteriner Fakültesi Dergisi 19 (5): 755-760. SCI-E.
  • KABASAKAL B., ALBAYRAK T. 2012. Effects of Nuclear Power Plant Accidents on Biodiversity and Awareness of Potential Nuclear Accident Risk near the Eastern Border of Turkey. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin 21:No.11b, 3434-3436 SCI-E.
  • MARZAL, A., ALBAYRAK T. 2012. Geographical variation of haemosporidian parasites in Turkish populations of Krüper’s Nuthatch Sitta krueperi. Journal of Ornithology, 153 (4): 1225-1231. DOI 10.1007/s10336-012-0853-z SCI.
  • KABASAKAL B., ALBAYRAK T. 2012. Offspring sex ratios and breeding success of a population of the Great Tit, Parus major (Aves: Passeriformes). Zoology in the Middle East, 57 27-34 SCI-E.
  • HOGNER S., LASKEMOEN, T., LIFJELD, J. T., PORKERT, J., KLEVEN, O., ALBAYRAK, T., KABASAKAL, B. & JOHNSEN, A. 2012. Deep sympatric mitochondrial divergence without reproductive isolation in the common redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus. Ecology and Evolution, 2 (12): 2974-2988. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.398 SCI-E.
  • ALBAYRAK T, GIANNATOS G, KABASAKAL B. 2012. Carnivore and ungulate populations in the Beydaglari Mountains (Antalya, Turkey) – Border region between Asia and Europe. Polish Journal of Ecology, 60 (2): 419-428 SCI-E.
  • ALBAYRAK T, GONZALEZ J, DROVETSKI S.V., WINK M. 2012. Phylogeography and population structure of Krüper’s Nuthatch Sitta krueperi from Turkey based on microsatellites and mitochondrial DNA. Journal of Ornithology 153: 405-411 DOI: 10.1007/s10336-011-0756-4 SCI.
  • Albayrak T, Mor F. 2011. Comparative tissue distribution of heavy metals in House Sparrow (Passer domesticus, Aves) in polluted and reference sites In Turkey. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 87 (4): 457-462 DOI 10.1007/s00128-011-0364-2 SCI.
  • Albayrak T. 2011. Küçük kumrunun (Streptopelia senegalensis) Türkiye’deki güncel yayılımı, statüsü ve geleceği. Mehmet Akif Ersoy Üniversitesi, Fen Bilimleri Enstitüsü Dergisi 3: 32-40.
  • Marzal A; Ricklefs R.E, Valkiūnas G; Albayrak T; Arriero E; Bonneaud C; Czirják G.A; Ewen J; Hellgren O; Hořáková D; Iezhova T.A; Jensen H; Križanauskienė A; Lima M.R; Lope F; Magnussen E; Martin L.B; Møller A.p; Palinauskas V; Pap P.L; Pérez-Tris J; Sehgal R.N.M; Soler M; Szöllősi E; Westerdahl H; Zetindjiev P; Bensch S. 2011. Diversity, Loss, and Gain of Malaria Parasites in a Globally Invasive Bird. PLoS ONE 6(7): e21905. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021905 SCI-E.
  • ALBAYRAK T, BESNARD A, and ERDOĞAN A. 2011. Morphometric variation and population relationships of Krüper’s Nuthatch (Sitta krueperi) in Turkey. The Wilson J of Ornithology 123 (4): 734-740 doi: 10.1676/11-036.1 SCI.
  • Albayrak T. 2011. Anthropogenic barriers to Grey wolf (Canis lupus) distribution in Beydağlari Mountains area (Mammalia: Carnivora) Zoology in the Middle East 52: 11-16 SCI-E.
  • SCHREY,AW; GRISPO,M; AWAD,M; COOK, MB; MCCOY, ED; MUSHINSKY,HR; ALBAYRAK, T; BENSCH, S; BUTLER, LK; FOKIDIS, HB; JENSEN, H; IMBOMA, T; REYNOLDS, AM; RIOS, MM; ROMERO, LM; STEWART, IRK; WESTERDAH, H; WESTNEAT, DF; ZEHTINDJIEV, P;. MARTIN, LB. 2011. Broad-scale latitudinal patterns of genetic diversity among native European and introduced house sparrow (Passer domesticus) populations. Molecular Ecology 20 (6):1133-1143, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05001.x SCI.
  • ALBAYRAK T, ERDOGAN A., FIRAT, M.Z. 2011. A model of habitat suitability for Krueper's Nuthatch Sitta krueperi. Bird Study 58 (1): 50-56 SCI.
  • ALBAYRAK, T., BAIRLEIN F., ERDOĞAN, A. 2010. Habitat parameters and breeding density of Krüper’s Nuthatch Sitta krueperi (Pelzeln,1963) in south eastern Turkey. Polish Journal of Ecology, 58 (3): 545-552 SCI-E.
  • ALBAYRAK T, ERDOGAN A. 2010. A GIS-based approach to assess population size of Krüper’s Nuthatch Sitta krueperi in a newly found breeding area in Inner Anatolia. Zoology in the Middle East 49: 27-32. SCI-E.
  • ALBAYRAK, T. and ERDOĞAN, A. 2005. Breeding ecology of Krüper’s Nuthatch (Sitta krueperi) near Antalya, Turkey. Israel Journal of Zoology 51 (4) 309 – 314. SCI-E.
  • GIANNATOS, G.; ALBAYRAK, T. and ERDOGAN, A. 2006. Status of the Caracal in Protected Areas in South-western Turkey. CAT News 45: 23-24.
  • ALBAYRAK, T. and ERDOĞAN, A. 2005. Observations on Some Behaviours of Krüper’s Nuthach (Sitta krueperi), a Little-Known West Palearctic Bird. Tr. J. Zool. 29:177-181.
  • ARSLAN A., ALBAYRAK T., TUNÇ R.M., ERDOĞAN A. 2004. Antalya Kuşları ve Halkalama Çalışmaları. Tabiat ve İnsan 2:36-49.
  • ERDOĞAN A., SERT H., VOHNWINKEL, R., PRUNTE, W., ALBAYRAK T., ARSLAN A., TUNÇ R.M. 2003. Manavgat/Titreyengöl Kuş Halkalama Çalişmalari. Tabiat ve İnsan 1:19-25.