Hydrobiology Laboratory
Pamukkale University-Faculty of Arts & Sciences-Department of Biology


I have 15 years’ experience on water quality by using macroinvertebrate and physicochemical parameters. In addition, these experiences cover biological sampling preservation, transportation and analyses of samples as analysis of surface water, biota and sediment. Also I have 7 years’ experience of Biological monitoring, biotic indices and EQR in line with the EU WFD. I directed more than 10 theses, projects and given 3 classes on training on biological monitoring based on WFD requirements. Recently developed and executed a workshop on training biomonitoring with WWF, Turkey for the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs according to the WFD.

Our primary research interest as the Hydrobiology Lab. lies in furthering our understanding of the living dynamics of the freshwater. More specifically, our research focuses on how environment effects benthic macro invertebrates and their habitats directly or indirectly related to changes in indicator taxons. And also we focus on the molecular phylogeny of the subfamilies of Chironomidae, because molecular systematics is an essentially cladistic approach.

Aquatic Biomonitoring

Aquatic biomonitoring is the science of inferring the ecological condition of rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands by examining the organisms that live there. While aquatic biomonitoring is the most common form of such biomonitoring, any ecosystem can be studied in this manner.

Benthic Macroinvertebrates

Freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates, or more simply “benthos”, are animals without backbones that are larger than ½ millimeter. These animals live on rocks, logs, sediment, debris and aquatic plants during some period in their life.

Molecular Phylogeny

Molecular phylogenetics is the branch of phylogeny that analysis hereditary molecular differences, mainly in DNA sequences, to gain information on an organism's evolutionary relationships. The result of a molecular phylogenetic analysis is expressed in a phylogenetic tree.


Curriculum vitae (Feb 2015).

  • Prof. Dr.

    Mustafa DURAN

    Pamukkale University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Department of Biology, Zoology Section.

  • Education


    Department of Biology, Anadolu University (Eskisehir-TURKIYE)


    Department of Biology, Anadolu University (Eskisehir-TURKIYE)


    Department of Population Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia (Norwich-UK)

  • Other Skills

    Full computer literacy including MS Office applications; CANOCO; Minitab and Internet Applications

  • Years with the firm

    OCTOBER 1998-2003

    Assistant Professor, Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Zoology, Biological Sciences, University of Gaziosmanpasa.

    January 2003 - present

    Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Zoology, Biological Sciences, University of Pamukkale.


Publications, Projects, Symposium & Congress
Key words: Water ecology, macroinvertebrate ecology and systematics, Chironomidae systematics, ecology and phylogeny


SCI, Expanded, Abstracts


International, TUBITAK, BAP...

Symposium & Congress

International, National

Our Benthos Team

Hydrobiology Lab. Staff

Prof. Dr. Mustafa DURAN (Head)

Freshwater Ecology, Monitoring, Training, Benthos

Assist. Prof. Dr. Gurcay K. AKYILDIZ

Palaeolimnology, Monitoring, Chironomids, R

Assist. Prof. Dr. Adile SARI

Molecular Phylogeny, Toxicology, Training

3 PhD, 3 MSc and 1 BSc students are also keep studying in our laboratory.


Prof. Dr. Mustafa DURAN

Pamukkale University
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biology
Kinikli Campus
20070 Denizli

+90 258 296 3673