Prof. Nilgun Kubilay
iCACGP Commission Member
Institute of Marine Sciences
Middle East Technical University
Research Interests        Awards        Publications        Detailed CV

Nilgun Kubilay is an Associate Professor of Chemical Oceanography at the Institute of Marine Sciences, Middle East Technical University, interested in chemical and physical characteristics and sources of aerosols over the Eastern Mediterranean and long-range transport of desert dust.


B. Sc., 1987, Middle East Technical University, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ankara, Turkey,

M. Sc., 1989, Middle East Technical University, Institute of Marine Sciences-Department Chemical Oceanography, Erdemli-Mersin, Turkey,

Ph.D, 1996, Middle East Technical University, Institute of Marine Sciences-Department Chemical Oceanography, Erdemli-Mersin, Turkey.

Research Interests:   

The research interest covers monitoring of chemical and physical characteristics of aerosols, remote sensing of aerosols and surface ocean. Specific areas of research cover;

  • Trace metal and water soluble constituents of aerosols
  • Sources and long-range transport of aerosols
  • Optical properties of aerosols
  • Utilizing remote sensing data to evaluate transport of Saharan dust over the eastern Mediterranean
  • Atmospheric transport of nutrients to the surface water of the eastern Mediterranean
  • Microbiological constituent of Sahara dust over the eastern Mediterranean
  • Ocean color data interpretation in the Black Sea region
  • Courses Thought:   

    MASC 526 Atmospheric Chemistry

    MASC 528 Geochemical Cycles

    MASC 503 Introduction to Oceanography

    International Projects and Collaborations involved

  • The Evaluation of the Impact of the Atmospheric Inputs of Trace Metals to the Eastern Mediterranean supported by NATO Science Programme, Collaborative Linkage Grant (EST.CLG.977811), 2002-2004.
  • Atmospheric Deposition and Impact of Pollutants, Key Elements and Nutrients on the Open Mediterranean Sea, ADIOS supported by EU, 2001-2003.
  • The Impact of Atmospheric Inputs of Metals on the Eastern Mediterraneansupported by World Meteorological Organization, Special Service Agreement (18.637/A/CNS), 2001-2002.
  • Factors Controlling the Variability of Aerosol Trace Metal Concentrations in the Eastern Mediterranean Troposphere: with special emphasis on Saharan dust transport supported by World Meteorological Organization, Special Service Agreement (5.115/A/CNS), 2000-2001
  • A Pilot Survey of Organotin Contamination in Selected Mediterranean Areas supported by FAO/UNEP/IAE/WHO (TUR/47-K) 1988.
  • Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) in collaboration with Dr. Brent Holben from NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • Dust Storms and Aeromicrobiology over the Turkish Mediterranean coastline in collaboration with Dr. Dale Griffin from US Geological Survey, Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies.
  • Organic nitrogen in the eastern Mediterranean atmosphere in collaboration with Dr. Kimberly A. Mace from Arkansas State University.
  • Analysis of the change in mineral dust optical properties over the Eastern Mediterranean in collaboration with Dr. Cyril Moulin from Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l' Environnement..
  • Publications:   

    - Number of papers in refereed journals (publication list given below): 22

    - Number of chapter in a book: 1

    - Number of communications to scientific meetings: 37

    - Number of citations covered by SCI: 179

    Journal Papers and Chapter in a Book:   

    1-Kubilay, N., Oguz, T., Koηak, M., Torres, O. (2005). Ground-based assessment of Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) data for dust transport over the northeastern Mediterranean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 19, GB1022, doi:10.1029/2004GB002370.

    2-Mahowald, N. M., Baker, A.R., Bergametti, G., Brooks, N., Duce, R. A.,Jickells, T. D., Kubilay, N.,Prospero, J. M., Tegen, I. (2005). Atmospheric global dust cycle and iron inputs to the ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 19, GB4025, doi: 10.1029/2004GB002402.

    A-Jickells, T. D., An, Z. S., Andersen, K. K., Baker, A. R., Bergametti, G., Brooks, N., Cao, J. J., Boyd, P. W., Duce, R. A., Hunter, K. A., Kubilay, N., LaRoche, J., Liss, P. S., Mahowald, N., Prospero, J. M., Ridgwell, A. J., Tegen, I., Torres, R. (2005). Global iron connections between desert dust, ocean biogeochemistry, and climate. Science 308, 67-71.

    4-Koηak, M., Kubilay, N., Herut, B., Nimmo, M. (2005). Dry atmospheric fluxes of trace metals (Al, Fe, Mn, Pb, Cd, Zn, Cu) over the Levantine basin: A refined assessment. Atmospheric Environment 39, 7330-7341.

    5-Vrekoussis, M., Liakakou, E., Koηak, M., Kubilay, N., Oikonomou, K., Sciare, J., Mihalopoulos, N. (2005). Seasonal variability of optical properties of aerosols in the eastern Mediterranean. Atmospheric Environment 39, 7083-7094.

    6-Oguz, T., Tugrul, S., Kideys, A. E., Ediger, V., Kubilay, N. (2006). Physical and biogeochemical characteristics of the Black Sea". The Sea (edited by A. R. Robinson and K. H. Brink), Vol. 14B, Chapter 33, 1331-1369. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. ISBN 0-674-02117-7 / 13 978-0-674-02117-4.

    7-Cokacar, T., Oguz, T., Kubilay, N. (2004). Satellite-detected early summer cocolithophore blooms and their interannual variability in the Black Sea. Deep-Sea Research I 51, 1017-1031.

    8-Koηak, M., Kubilay, N., Mihalopoulos, N. (2004). Ionic composition of lower tropospheric aerosols at a northeastern Mediterranean site: implications regarding sources and long-range transport. Atmospheric Environment 38, 2067-2077.

    9-Koηak, M., Nimmo, M., Kubilay, N., Herut, B. (2004). Spatio-temporal aerosol trace metal concentration and sources in the Levantine basin of the eastern Mediterranean. Atmospheric Environment 38, 2133-2144.

    10-Kubilay, N., Cokacar, T., Oguz, T. (2003). Optical properties of mineral dust outbreaks over the northeastern Mediterranean. Journal of Geophysical Research 108, 4666, doi:10.1029/2003JD003798.

    11-Mace, K., A., Kubilay, N., Duce, R. A. (2003). Organic nitrogen in the eastern Mediterranean atmosphere: An association with atmospheric dust. Journal of Geophysical Research 108 (D10), 4320, doi: 10.1029/2002JD002997.

    12-Markaki, Z., Oikonomou, K., Kocak, M., Kouvarakis, G., Chaniotaki, A., Kubilay, N., Mihalopoulos, N. (2003). Atmospheric deposition of inorganic phosphorus in the Levantine Basin, eastern Mediterranean: Spatial and temporal variability and its role in seawater productivity. Limnology and Oceanography 48(4), 1557-1568.

    13-Kubilay, N., Koηak, M., Ηokacar, T., Oğuz, T., Kouvarakis, G., Mihalopoulos, N. (2002). Influence of Black Sea and local biogenic activity on the seasonal variation of aerosol sulfur species in the eastern Mediterranean atmosphere. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 16(4), 1079, doi:10.1029/2002GB01880.

    14- Ηokacar, T., Kubilay, N. , Oğuz, T. (2001). Structure of E. huxleyi blooms in the Black Sea surface waters as detected by SeaWIFS imagery. Geophysical Research Letters 28, 4607-4610.

    15- Φzsoy, E., Kubilay, N., Nickovic, S., Moulin, C. (2001). A hemispheric dust storm affecting the Atlantic and Mediterranean (April 1994): Analyses, modelling, ground-based measurements and satellite observations. Journal of Geophysical Research 106, 18439-18460.

    16- Kubilay, N., Nickovic, S., Moulin, C., Dulac, F. (2000). An illustration of the transport and deposition of mineral dust onto the eastern Mediterranean. Atmospheric Environment 34, 1293-1303.

    17- Φzsoy, T., Saydam, C., Kubilay, N., Salihoğlu, İ.(2000). Aerosol nitrate and non-sea-salt sufate over the eastern Mediterranean. The Global Atmosphere and Ocean System 7, 185-228.

    18- Kubilay, N.N., Saydam, A.C., Yemenicioğlu, S., Kelling, G., Kapur, S., Karaman, C., Akça, E., (1997). Seasonal chemical and mineralogical variability of atmospheric particles in the coastal region of the Northeast Mediterranean. Catena 28, 313-328.

    19-Yemenicioğlu, S., Tuğrul, S., Kubilay, N., Salihoğlu, İ. (1997). The distribution of methyltin species in different seas. Marine Pollution Bulletin 34, 739-744.

    20- Kubilay N., Yemenicioğlu, S., Tuğrul, S., Salihoğlu,İ., (1996). The distribution of organotin compunds in the northeastern Mediterranean. Marine Pollution Bulletin 32, 238-240.

    21- Kubilay, N., Yemenicioğlu, S., Saydam, C. (1995). Atmospheric particulate collections and their chemical composition over the Black Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin 30, 475-483.

    22- Kubilay, N., Saydam, C. (1995). Trace elements in atmospheric particulates over the Eastern Mediterranean; Concentrations, sources, and temporal variability. Atmospheric Environment 29: 2289-2300.

    23- Kubilay, N., Yemenicioğlu, S., Saydam, C. (1994). Trace metal characterization of airborne particles from the northeastern Mediterranean. Fresenius Environment Bulletin 3, 444-448.

    24- Ergin, M., Bodur, M.N., Ediger, V., Yemenicioğlu, S., Okyar, M., Kubilay, N. (1993). Sources and dispersal of heavy metals in surface sediments along the eastern Aegean shelf. Bollettino di Oceanologia Teorica ed Applicata XI(1), 27-44.

    Detailed CV