The story of KAB Ecology begins in 2009 when founder Kerem Ali Boyla was invited to work as a biodiversity consultant for Gökçedağ WEPP which at the time was financed by IFC. This study was the first systematic bird count performed for an environmental impact assesment in Turkey. The report was published on IFC portal and gained traction. KAB Ecology team began growing with the inclusion of expert birdwatchers and started taking on an array of projects such as highways, airports, wind farms and pipelines.

KAB Ecology began offering services in acoustic bat studies in 2015 and flora studies in 2016. In 2019, Boyla officially started KAB Ecology as a sole proprietorship based in Şişli, İstanbul. The company started offering services abroad in 2020 after it completed projects in Cuba and Afghanistan. In 2021, the company became incorporated in partnership with Esra Demirhan.

KAB Ecology continues to conduct biodiversity studies according to highest standards and pioneer mitigation applications in projects financed by IFC, EBRD, ADB, AFD and KfW.ational authorities.

Our Mission

To conduct research and provide nature positive solutions based on the highest environmental standards developed by international financial institutions in order to ensure sustainability and net zero impact on biodiversity for investestments in infrastructure.

To promote the development of the sector and the development of new professions in biodiversity research and practices in Turkey.

Our Vision:

Antroposen çağında yapılan yatırımların sürdürülebilir geleceğin bir parçası olmasında, doğal yaşamı ve biyolojik çeşitliliği zenginleştirmesinde ana aktör olmak.

Kerem Ali Boyla

Founder and Director

He started birdwatching at a very young age. He completed his undergraduate education in Biology at METU and his master’s degree in Ecology from the University of East Anglia (England). He conducted nature conservation projects for the American office of BirdLife International (World Bird Protection Organization) for four years. He contributed to the development of bird watching in Turkey with his publications, database management, amateur and scientific research. He has been an ecological consultant since 2009 and is the founder of KAB Ecology.

F. Esra Demirhan

Project Manager

Esra started birdwatching at Aras Halkalama Station during her high school years. She completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Lafayette University (USA) where worked as an undergraduate research assistant and prepared an interdisciplinary thesis on restoration ecology and nature conservation. She is active member of eBird Turkey team as translator and language editor. She joined the KAB Ecology team in 2020 and is involved in the planning, execution and reporting of research and monitoring projects.

Serap <strong>Vural</strong>

Serap Vural

Finances and Administration

She started his career in a accounting office. Later, she worked in various positions for 12 years in the finance department of the group companies in the electrodomestics, automotive, construction and many sectors. She joined the KAB Ecology team in 2021. Today she manages all the accounting and financial affairs of the company.

Cemil Gezgin

Bird Surveyor

He started nature and birdwatching at a young age in the forests of Yalova. He became one of the founders of the Istanbul Bird Watching Society in 2000 and trained many young bird watchers. He took part in bird research and nature conservation projects all across Turkey. He is among the authors of the TRAKUS Birds of Turkey book and regional manager of eBird Turkey, an internet-based bird database. He has been working as a surveyor at the wind farm since 2009.

Nizamettin Yavuz

Bird Surveyor

He started birdwatching in Samsun Kızılırmak Delta. He is a licenced ringer and has been the manager at the Kizilirmak Delta Bird Ringing Station for 20 years. He has conducted and published many nature conservation and bird research projects. He is among the authors of the book TRAKUS Birds of Turkey and regional manager of . eBird Turkey, an internet-based bird database. He has been working as a surveyor at the wind farm since 2005.

Kadri Kaya

Bird Surveyor

He started birdwatching in 2007, he is a nature enthuisiast in Ayvalık region, Western Turkey. He took part in bird research and nature conservation projects in many regions of Turkey. He organised the Mid-Bird Waterfowl Counts in the Aegean region. In addition, he is interested in nature walks and photography. He has been involved in bird and biodiversity surveys in infrastructure projects since 2014.

Süleyman Ekşioğlu

Biodiversity Surveyor

He started birdwatching in 2001. He participated in various nature conservation and biodiversity surveys in all regions of Turkey. He was part of the team that discovered the Mediterranean population of the Brown Fish Owl (Ketupa zeylonensis) in 2008. He is also a butterfly expert and manages the Instagram account @kelebekdoktoru. He leads bird surveys, mortality studies and acoustic bat studies with the KAB Ecology team.

Sedat İnak

Bird Surveyor

He worked at Aras and Kuyucuk Bird Ringing Stations as a licensed ringer for 6 years. He complete master degree in biology with a thesis on the “Orientation Tendencies of Some Passerine Species Migrating through the Aras Valley”. He worked in the survey team monitoring soaring migratory birds flying at the Istanbul Airport for 4 years. Currently he is a PhD student at the Department of Landscape Architecture of Düzce University. Since 2019, he has been involved in bird surveys in infrastructure projects.

Şebnem Samsa İnak

Bird Surveyor

She started birdwatching in her undergraduate biology study and comlete a research thesis on the birds of Çardak Lagoon in Çanakkale. She was member of the scientific team researching Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan) in the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for 4 years. Then she worked in the survey team monitoring soaring migratory birds flying at the Istanbul Airport for 4 years. Currently she is a PhD student at the Department of Landscape Architecture of Düzce University. Since 2019, he has been involved in bird surveys in infrastructure projects.

Maha Salameh

Bat Expert

She studies biology minor in Lebanon and completed a master’s degree in evolution and ecology at the University of Bordeaux in France. Currently, she is a PhD student at Bilgin laboratory at the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Boğaziçi University. He joined KAB Ecology as an intern in 2020 and is responsible for sound analysis in acoustic bat studies. She also leads DNA analysis within the scope of mortality studies.

Dilara <strong>Akpınar</strong>

Dilara Akpınar

Project Assistant

She completed a undergraduate degreee in biology at Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun. She volunteered at the Kizilirmak Delta Bird Ringing Station for many years. Currently, she studies the nesting preferences of woodpeckers in the Belgrad Forest, as a graduate student at the Faculty of Forestry of Istanbul University. She is also interested in ecological monitoring with acoustic bird recorders. She supports the KAB Ecology team with data entry, digitization and report revision since 2021.

Özmen Yeltekin

Bird Surveyor

He spend most of his school and professional life Edirne, European Turkey. He started birdwatching in 2005 and was actively involved in the development of TRAKUS online platform as the news editor. He has been studying the breeding biology of Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) in Thrace for almost 20 years. He was among the authors of the book TRAKUS Birds of Turkey. He worked in KAB Ecology studies between 2019-2022. He is currently the director of Edirne Natural History Museum.

Cansu Özcan

Bird Surveyor

She majored biology at Hacettepe University and started birdwatching in 2012. During her master’s degree, she studied reproductive success, habitat preference and diet of Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) in Bolu, Northwestern Turkey. In 2015, he started to work on the Eastern Imperial and Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) in Turkey with international experts. She participated in the bird surveys for KAB Ecology since 2019.