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Sargun TontDepartment of Biology

Middle East Technical University

ODTÜ, Ankara, Turkey 

Phone: 312 210 5165
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B.S, 1961 Oregon State University, General Science

M.S, 1964 Oregon State University, Oceanography (Marine Ecology) 




2004- Retired from Middle East Technical University. (Still teaching two courses per semester.) 

1994- Program Manager, Division of Biological Sciences. Turkish National Research Council. (Concurrent) 

1992 - 2004. Instructor, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey 

1991-1992 Researcher. Middle East Technical University. Erdemli 

1969-1990 Research Associate and Adjunct Lecturer, University of California at San Diego



1992-present Member of the Editorial Board of Bilim ve Teknik (Science and Technology Magazine published by the Turkish National Research Council.) 

1993- 1995 Columnist and the member of the editorial board of Atlas Magazine. 

1995- 1997 Ecology Columnist for Gezi Magazine. 

2000-present Columnist, Tubitak Bilim ve Teknik (Science and Technology Magazine)  

Past and present memberships: American Geophysical Union, Society of Oceanography and Limnology, Ecological Society of America, Society of Environmental Journalists ( Academic Status) 



Marine Ecology, Cultural Ecology, Environmental Science, Climatology,

Physical and Biological Oceanography, etc. 



Undergraduate courses

1. Mystery of the Sea. University of California, Extension. This course was designed and first taught by the applicant.  

2. Science and Poetry of the Sea (Muir College, University of California at San Diego.) (This course was designed and first taught by the applicant

3. Mankind and the Environment (Muir College, University of California at San Diego.) (This course was designed and first taught by the applicant

4. Oceanography (National University, San Diego, California) 

5. Ecology (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey) 

6. Applied Ecology (Middle East Technical University. Ankara, Turkey. (This course was designed and first taught by the applicant)  

7. Ecology and Evolution (Sabancı University, Orhanlı, Turkey) (This course was designed and first taught bythe applicant)  


Graduate courses: 

1. Advanced Ecology (Middle East Technical University. (This course was designed and first taught by the applicant) 

2. Major Concepts in Ecology (Middle East Technical University. This course was designed and first taught by the applicant) 

3. Fluctuations in Animal and Plant Populations. (Middle East Technical University. (This course was designed and first taught by the applicant) 

4. Societal Dependence on Natural Ecosystems (Middle East Technical University. (This course was designed and first taught by the applicant)




-S. A.Tont. Of Dancing Bears and Sacred Trees: Some Aspects of Turkish Attitudes Toward Nature and Their Possible Consequences on Biological Diversity. In: Cultural and Spiritual Values of Biodiversity. Darrell Posey (ed.) United Nations Intermediate Technology Publications, London. UK. (1999)

-S.A.Tont. 1997. Sulak Bir Gezegenden Öyküler (Tales from a Watery Planet) TUBİTAK YAYINLARI 9th printing. 

-S.A.Tont. W. E. Allen's 20-Year Phytoplankton Collection Volume 1. -Diatoms. IMR Ref. No.86-3, 140 pp. (1986) 

-S.A.Tont and T. Platt. Fluctuations in the Abundance of Phytoplankton on the California Coast. In.: Cyclic Phenomena in Marine Plants and Animals. E. Taylor and R. G. Hartnoll, eds., Pergamon Press, New York, pp.11-18. (1979) 

-S.A.Tont. Daytime Depths of Sound Scattering Layers in the Major Biogeographic Regions of the Pacific Ocean. In.: Oceanic Sound Scattering Prediction, N. R. Andersen and B .J. Zahuranec, eds., Plenum Press, pp.811-815. (1977)



J. S. Arnold, M.D., M. H.Bartley, D.D.S., S.A.Tont and D. P. Jenkins. Skeletal Changes in Aging and Disease. Clinical Orthopedics, 49:17-38. (1966) 

-J. S. Arnold and S.A.Tont. Bone Water Studied by Differential Centrifugation. Cal. Tiss. Res., 1:68-74. (1967) 

-S.A.Tont and G .L.Wick. Response of a Deep Scattering Layer to the 1972 Total Solar Eclipse. Deep-Sea Res., 20:769-771. (1973) 

-J. D. Isaacs, S.A.Tont and G. L.Wick. Deep scattering Layers: Vertical Migration as a Tactic for Finding Food. Deep-Sea Res., 21:651-656. (1974) 

-S.A.Tont. The Effect of Upwelling on Solar Irradiance near the Coast of Southern California. J.Geophys.Res., 80(36): 5031-5034. (1975) 

-S.A.Tont. Short-period Climatic Fluctuations: Effects on Diatom Biomass. Science, 194:942-944. (1976) 

-S.A.Tont. Deep scattering layers: Patterns in the Pacific. CalCOFI Reports, 18:112-117. (1976) 

-S.A.Tont, W.G.Pearcy and J.S.Arnold. Bone Structure of Some Marine Vertebrates. Mar. Biol., 39:191-196. (1977) 

-S.A.Tont. The Long Journey into the end of the Artificial Night. Nature, 269:458. (1977) 

-S.A.Tont and D.A.Delistraty. Food Resources of the Oceans: An Outline of Status and Potentials. Environmental . Conservation., 4(4):243-252. (1977) 

-S.A.Tont. Sea level- air Temperature Correlations near a Coastal Zone. Nature, 276(5684): 171-172. (1978) 

-S.A.Tont and D.A.Delistraty. The Effects of Climate on Terrestrial and Marine Populations. CalCOFI Reports, 21:85-89. (1980) 

-S.A.Tont. The Sea: Its Science and Poetry. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 6(1):49-56. (1981) 

-S.A.Tont. Temporal Variations in Diatom Abundance off Southern California in Relation to Surface Temperature, Air temperature and Sea Level. J. Mar. Res., 39:191-201. (1981) 

-S.A.Tont. Upwelling: Effects on Air Temperatures and Solar Irradiance. Coastal Upwelling, Coastal and Estuarine Sciences, 1:s57-62. (1981) 

-S.A.Tont. Variability of Diatom Species Populations: From Days to Years. J. Mar. Res., 45:985-1006. (1987) 

-S.A.Tont. Climatic Change: Response of Diatoms and Dinoflagellates. Pacific Climate A.G.U. Monograph. (1989) 

-S.A.Tont and A.C.Yalçıner.A Plea for Marine Parks. In.: Proceeding of the First International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment, Erdal Özhan (ed.), pp.65-70. (1993)



-S.A.Tont. Civilization through the tube. Triton Times (Now UCSD GUARDIAN) vol.11, no.11. (1970) 

-S.A.Tont. Biopsy on America. Triton Times, (Now UCSD GUARDIAN) vol.12, no.12. (1971) 

-S.A.Tont. Lysistrata and the Comedy of Errors. (Unsigned) Triton Times, (Now UCSD GUARDIAN) vol.15, no.11. (1972) 

-S.A.Tont. Reader Gets clear view of the Sea. San Diego Union, November 20. (1977) 


The following articles are in Turkish: 

-S.A.Tont. Uzun Etap. Atlas, 5:8-10. (1993) 

-S.A.Tont. Thoreau’ nun Ülkesinde. Atlas, 7:158-160. (1993) 

-S.A.Tont. Tarih Boyunca Doğa Sevgisinin Gelişimi. Tabiat ve İnsan, pp. 8-10. (1993) 

-S.A.Tont. Doğayı Kurtarmayı Amaçlayan Kaç Düşünce Akımı Var?. Cumhuriyet Bilim Teknik, 330:8-10. (1994) 

-S.A.Tont.Herkezin Beklediği Kaza.. Tübitak Bilim ve Teknik, 318:30-36. (1994) 

-S.A.Tont. Denizin Kültürel Ekolojisi. Tübitak Bilim ve Teknik, 319:54-59. (1994) 

-S.A.Tont. Bisiklet Çağına Hoş Geldiniz. Tübitak Bilim ve Teknik, 320:70-75. (1994) 

-S.A.Tont. Balinalar. Tübitak Bilim ve Teknik. 321:56-61. (1994) 

-S.A.Tont. Yok Olma ve Nedenleri. Tübitak Bilim ve Teknik, 321:60-61. (1994) 

-S.A.Tont. Kalbimi Gökovaya Gömün. Atlas, 17:58-66. (1994) 

-S.A.Tont. Ağaçların Kültürel Ekolojisi. Tübitak Bilim ve Teknik, 323:56-57. (1994) 

-S.A.Tont. Kumsalda 95 Milyon Yıl. Atlas, 19:86-96. (1994) 

-S.A.Tont. Thorau: Koruluklardaki Kızgın Peygamber.. Bilim ve Ütopya, 5:16-17. (1994) 

-S.A.Tont. Uzmanlaşmanın Sınırları. Tübitak Bilim ve Teknik, 324:60-64. (1994)

-S.A.Tont. Bisiklete Binme Sanatı. Atlas, 21:182-184. (1994) 

-S.A.Tont. Ecokoloji ve Çevre Problemleri. Tübitak Bilim ve Teknik, 326:66-71. (1995) (In Turkish) 

-S.A.Tont. Bilimsel Makaleler.. Tübitak Bilim ve Teknik, 327:64-66. (1995) 

-S.A.Tont. Sinop. Atlas, 23:96-104. (1995) 

-S.A. Tont Deniz Tutkusu.. Yapı Kredi Sanat Mecmuası. Sayı 72. 1999 

-S.A. Tont Bir Ampülü Takmak İçin Kaç Fizikçi Gerekir? Tübitak Bilim ve Teknik, 392: 82-85, 2000



Starting in October, 2000, the applicant has been writing a column, titled “Yaşam” (Life) every month for Tübitak Bilim ve Teknik Magazine. These articles are not listed here.



1966 Bone water binding measured by differential centrifugation. Second International Biophysics Congress, Vienna, Austria, September. (J.S.Arnold and S.A.Tont; presented by Arnold)

 1971 Study of benthic life by camera. Invited lecture, Departmental Seminar, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. January. 

1971 The deep scattering layer. CalCOFI Annual Conference, Santa Barbara, November. 

1972 Other Mid-Eastern humor. Lecture for extension course entitled: "Humor: Learning to laugh and learning to live." University of California, Extension, UCSD, La Jolla, November. 

1974 Marine strife. Lecture presented in course, given by J. D. Isaacs, "History, Science and Technology in Marine Archaeology." UCSD, winter quarter. (Also assisted in course preparation.)

1974 Distribution of deep scattering layers in the major biogeographic regions of the Pacific Ocean. 37th Ann. Mtg. of Limnology and Oceanography, Inc. Seattle, June. 

1974 Food resources from the sea: in fact and fancy. Invited lecture, Conference on limits to Non-Growth, University of California, La Jolla, October. 

1975 Coastal upwelling and cloud formation in southern California. 38th Ann. Mtg. of Limnology and Oceanography, Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. June. 

1975 Daytime depths of sound scattering layers in major biogeographic regions of the Pacific Ocean. Invited Lecture, Office of Naval Research Conference on Biological Sound Scattering, Asimolar, California, September. 

1976 A preliminary report on long term studies of phytoplankton biomass near the coast of southern California, 1920-1939. Invited Lecture, Departmental Seminar, Oregon State University, January.

1976 Short-period climatic fluctuations: effects on diatom biomass. Poster and Review Sessions presented at Joint Oceanographic Assembly, Edinburgh, Scotland, September, 13-24. 

1977 Primary Productivity. American Institute of Fishery Biologists, Southwest Fisheries Center, La Jolla, California. November, 8. 

1978 Climatic fluctuations: biological component. Invited Lecture, the Climatic Workshop, North Pacific Study Experiment, Portland, Oregon, February, 22. 

1978 Cycles in the abundance of phytoplankton on the California coast. 13th European Marine Biology Symposium, Isle of Man, Great Britain. September, 28. 

1979 Man and Sea: A case study in cultural ecology. Invited Lecture. Southwest Fisheries Center, La Jolla, California. March, 20. 

1979 Climatic changes: effects on some marine and terrestrial populations. Symposium of CalCOFI Conference, Idyllwild, California. October, 22. 

1980 The climatic regime of an upwelling region. Invited. IDOE International Symposium on Coastal Upwelling, Los Angeles, February, 4. 

1982 Science and poetry of the sea. Invited. Distinguished Lecture Series, Institute for Continued Learning, University of California, San Diego, May, 7. 

1983 Diatoms: Sea level, sea surface temperature and air temperature. San Diego state University, Geological Sciences Seminar, February,18. 

1984 The humanities and the sea. Invited lecture. University of California at Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA. February. 

1984 Time series analysis of diatom blooms and coastal upwelling events Invited. Climate Workshop.. Asimolar, California. March, 4. 

1985 Climate variations in physical, chemical and biological properties along the coast of southern California. Climate Variability of the Eastern North Pacific and Western North America, Asimolar, Monterey, March, 5. 

1985 Biological productivity and climate. Special Invited Lecture National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C. October, 2. 

1985 Changes in diatom species composition as related to environmental variables. American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, December, 3. 

1986 Oceanography: It’s past and future. Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, İstanbul, July. 

1986 Bioclimatology. Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, İstanbul, July. 

1988 Food resources from the ocean: In fact and fancy. Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, İstanbul. 

1992 Çevre Teorileri. Akdeniz Üniversitesi, Antalya., Aralık 27 

1993 Nature and mankind. Turkish-American Association, Ankara, March, 11. 

1993 The Sea; It’s Science and Poetry. Turkish-American Association, Ankara, March,18. 

1993 Doğa ve Deniz Sevgisi. ODTÜ Sualtı Topluluğu,Ankara, Nisan,1. 

1994 Environment, politics and developing countries. Turkish-American Association, Ankara, February, 23. 

1994 Deniz Tutkusu. Bilkent Subaqua Society Seminar, Bilkent Üniversitesi, Ankara, May, 12 

1994 Ecology. Colloquium in Chemistry, ODTÜ, Ankara, October, 20 

1994 Doğa ve İnsanlar. Kırsal Çevre ve Ormancılık Sorunları Araştırma Derneği, Dendroloji ve Orman Ekolojisi Okulu, Ürgüp. Kasım, 26 

1995 Çevre ve Etik. Dünya Çevre Haftası Etkinlikleri. TMMOB Makine Mühendisleri Odası, Anatalya. Haziaran, 5. 

1995 Ekolojik Düşler, Gençlik Günleri, Çankaya Kültür ve Sanat Vakfı, Ankara, Kasım, 4 

1995 Doğa ve İnsan. Dendroloji ve Orman Ekolojisi Okulu, Ankara, Aralık, 3.

1996 This is Our World, The Turco-British Ass., Ankara, March, 12.

1996 Çomarın Hakkı Çomara, ODTÜ Doğa Haftası, ODTÜ, Ekim, 17 

1996 Nature: Mother or Machine? ODTÜ Department of Chemistry Seminars, Ankara, Kasım, 8. 

1997 Ekoloji. Bilim ve Teknik Dergisi Hizmet İçi Eğitim Programı, TÜBİTAK, Mayıs, 29 

1997 Kültürde Toprak. TMMOB Ziraat Mühendisleri Odası Toprak Yılı Etkinlikleri, ODTÜ, Haziran, 5 

1997 Teknolojik Gelişmeler, Çevre ve İnsan. İzmir Büyükşehir Belediyesi Kültür Etkinlikleri,İzmir, Haziran, 7 

1997 The Lure of the Sea. (Invited) Coastal Aesthetics Summer School. Rhode Island, USA. August, 7 

1997 Ekoloji ve Doğa Korumacılığı. 4. Kuş Gözlem Okulu, Ankara, Kasım 1. 

1997 Cultural Ecology of the Sea. International Symposium on Art and the Environment. SONART.Ankara. Turkey, October, 20 

1998 İnsan ve Ekolojik Düzen. Radyo ODTÜ, Ay Işığında Agora Programı, Ankara, Mart, 19. 

1998 Ekoloji. ODTÜ Geliştirme Vakfı Özel Ankara Lisesi, Ankara, Nisan, 24 

1998 Was Thoreau a Better Saunterer than Rousseau? 1998 Annual Gathering of the Thoreau Society. Concord, Mass. USA. Haziran, 11. 

1999 Arının Yaptığını Siz Yapabilir misiniz? Ekolojide Son Yaklaşımlar. ODTÜ, Fen-Edebiyat Fakültesi Konferanslar Dizisi, ODTÜ, Mart, 18. 

1999 Bisiklet Üzerinde Bir Yaşam. III.Doğa Şenliği, ODTÜ, Nisan, 15. 

1999 Bisiklete Binme ve Tura Çıkma Sanatı. III.Doğa Şenliği, ODTÜ, Nisan, 16 

1999 Çevre Bilimlerinde Son Yaklaşımlar.19 Mayıs Üniversitesi, Samsun, Mayıs,11 

1999 The Perils of Teaching Interdisciplinary Courses. Ecological Society of America. Spokane, Washington, USA. August, 8. 

1999 Ekoloji ve Besin Zinciri. Doğal Hayatı Koruma Derneği-Milli Parklar ve Av-Yaban Hayatı Genel Müdürlüğü, Adana, Kasım, 4 

2000 Deniz Tutkusu, Doğa Söyleşileri. ODTÜ Doğa Topluluğu. ODTÜ, Mart, 30 

2000 Çevrecilik ve Tarihsel Gelişimi. Türkiye’de Çevrenin ve Çevre Korumanın Tarihi

Sempozyumu, Türkiye Ekonomik ve Toplumsal Tarih Vakfı, İstanbul. Nisan, 7 

2000 Doğa Sevgisinin Sanatsal ve Bilimsel Kaynakları.. Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, Çevre Kulübü. İstanbul, Nisan, 19. 

2000 Ekolojik İnsan. Seminerler, 2000 Yılında İnsan. Radyo ODTÜ, Ankara, Nisan, 17 

2000 Çevre ve Ekoloji. 2000’li Yıllarda Yaşadığımız Çevre ve Peyzaj Mimarlığı, Ankara Üniversitesi Peysaj Mimarlığı, Ankara, May, 24-26 

2001 Sulak Bir Gezegenden Öyküler. ODTÜ Çevre Topluluğu, ODTÜ, Mart, 23. 

2001 Uçun Kuşlar Uçun! ODTÜ Kuş Gözlem Şenliği, ODTÜ, Mayıs,3. 

2001 Çevre ve Ekoloji. Açılış Konferansı. IV. Ulusal Ekoloji ve Çevre Kongresi, Bodrum, Ekim, 5 

2001 Çevre ve İnsan. Kara Harp Okulu, Ankara, Aralık, 3 

2002 Ekoloji: Geçmişi ve Geleceği. Mustafa Kemal Üniversitesi, Hatay, Nisan, 5. 

2002 Ekolojik Yaklaşımlar. Hava Kuvvetleri, İzmir, Nisan, 10 

2003 Bilimden Sanata: Ekolojinin Huyu Suyu.. Irmak Okulları ve Doğal Hayatı Koruma Derneği, Çevre Şenliği. Göztepe, Istanbul, Nisan, 5 

2003 Çevre ve Ekoloji. Bilim Şenliği, Anadolu Üniversitesi Ekim, 23 

2004 Deniz Tutkusu Dünya Çevre Günü Etkinlikleri. Muğla Üniversitesi, Haziran, 4 

2004 Büyük Sular: Denizin Bilimi ve Sanatı. Türkiye Bilimler Akademisi, Ankara, Mayıs, 20.


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