Limnology Research Gruop

Limnology research group aims to investigate the biological structure and physicochemical parameters of freshwater ecosystems by the employees of the Hydrobiology Department. In this context, it examines the distribution of organisms (benthic macroinvertebrates, phytoplankton, zooplankton, fish, crayfish, etc.) found in all kinds of inland water systems (lakes, ponds, rivers, dams, lagoons, streams) in our country and which are an important factor in the sustainability of these systems. In addition, many analysis experiments of water are carried out both with multiparameter devices and manually. These experiments are also carried out with our students practically in undergraduate laboratory courses. By investigating the physicochemical analyzes of water, its effects on living things in aquatic systems are evaluated. Ecological risk assessments of the examined water ecosystems are carried out through water quality studies. Pollution loads in aquatic ecosystems and their negative effects on these ecosystems are also investigated. At the same time, living groups are researched taxonomically and contributions are made to the fauna and flora of Turkey.


Members of the Limnology Research Group


Prof. Dr. Belgin ÇAMUR-ELİPEK

Prof. Dr. Hüseyin GÜHER

Ass. Prof. Dr. Utku GÜNER

Ass. Prof. Dr. Burak ÖTERLER

Ass. Res. Dr. Gazel Burcu AYDIN


Limnology Research Laboratory Facilities

Climate Cabinet

Air conditioning

Precision Balance

Water bath

Multiparameter (Terrain type) Analyzer


Invert Microscope

Light Microscope

Ventilated Steel Cabinet

Equipment used in the field (Overalls, Crotch boots, Life jackets, Raincoats, 250 cc alcohol bottles, Thermometers, Water intake bottles, Hand-mud buckets, Traps, Buckets)

Secchi disc

Nansen and Ruthner Bottles

Ekman Bageri

Sieve Series

Burette for titration of water analysis


Water Analyzes

Dissolved Oxygen (Winkler Method)

Salinity (Morh-Knudsen Method)



Hardness Determination (Mg and Ca)

Nutritional salts (Nitrite, nitrate, phosphate, sulfate)

Chlorine determination


Suspended Solids

Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD)

Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD)




Groups of Organisms

Benthic Macroinvertebrates: Isopoda, Chironomidae, Oligochaeta, Amphipoda, Coleoptera, Trichoptera, Ephemeroptera, Odonata, Heteroptera, Gastropoda, Bivalvia



Nekton (Fish, Crayfish)




Projects in the Last Five Years

ELİF CAN YILMAZ, ONUR GÖNÜLAL, ÖZGÜR BAYTUT, BELGİN ELİPEK, HERDEM ASLAN, MURAT TOSUNOĞLU, ERSİN KARABACAK, Detection of Some Physicochemical Properties and Monitoring of Biodiversity of Gökçeada Salt Lake Wetland (Researcher), DOKUZ EYLÜL UNIVERSITY TÜBİTAK, 15.11.2015-15.09.2017

ÖTERLER, B., GÜHER, H., TÜBAP, Kayalıköy Dam (Kırklareli) Zooplankton (Rotifera, Cladocera, Copepoda) Fauna and Seasonal Distribution, 2018-2019

ABUZER ÇELEKLİ, TAHİR ÖZCAN, ÖZGÜR EMİROĞLU, EVREN CABİ, EMİNE ŞÜKRAN OKUDAN ASLAN, MUZAFFER DÜĞEL, BURAK ÖTERLER, Other Public Institutions, Water Quality Monitoring Project in the Western Mediterranean Basin, 2016-2018

ÖZLEM FINDIK, ABUZER ÇELEKLİ, BURAK ÖTERLER, EVREN CABİ, ERDOĞAN ÇİÇEK, ERGÜN TAŞKIN, MEHMET KOCABAŞ, HANİFE ÖZBAY, TAHİR ÖZCAN, Other Public Institutions, Establishment of a Water Quality Ecological Evaluation System Specific to Our Country, 2014-2017


GÜNER, U., TÜBİTAK 4004 Nature Education and Science Schools Project, Yıldız Explorers Nature Education project, 2017-2018. 

ULUÇAM, G., BAĞCI, U., GÜNER, U., BAKAR, E., ŞEN, B., & SANAL, F., TÜBAP, Current Topics in Applied Biochemistry -4, 2018.

GÖKALP, F.D., DOĞANLAR, O., DOĞANLAR, Z.B., GÜNER, U., TÜBAP, Genotoxic effects of some metal mixtures (Al, Cr, Co, Cd, As) on adult zebrafish (Danio rerio, Hamilton 1822), 2015-2017.

DOĞANLAR, Z.B., GÜNER, U., DOĞANLAR, O., GÖKALP, F.D., TÜBAP, Genotoxic effects of some metal mixtures (Al, Cr, Co, Cd, As) on adult zebrafish (Danio rerio, Hamilton 1822), 2015-2017.

Güher, H., TÜBAP, Tunca River (Edirne) Zooplankton (Rotifera Cladocera Copepoda) Fauna and Seasonal Distribution. 2017. 

Güher, H., TÜBAP, Ecological Based Scientific Research Project of Natural Protected Areas of Konya and Karaman Provinces. 2016.


Scientific Publications in the Last Five Years

Güher, H. (2019). Diversity and Abundance of Rotifera in Kadıköy Reservoir of Turkey. Journal of the Institute of Science and Technology, 9(2): 636-646, 2019, DOI: 10.21597/jist.416821. 

Güher, H. (2019). Seasonal variation of planktonic microcrustacea (Copepoda, Cladocera) diversity in Kadiköy Reservoir (Edirne/Turkey). Acta Aquatica Turcica, 15(2), 188-196.

Güher, H., Demir, Y. (2018). Tunca Nehri’nin (Edirne) Microcrustacea (Crustacea: Cladocera, Copepoda) Faunası ve Mevsimsel Dağılımı. LimnoFish. 4(2): 75-84. doi: 10.17216/LimnoFish.363113. 

Güher H., Demir Y. Tunca Nehri’nin (Edirne) Rotifera Faunası ve Komünite Yapısı. Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Eğirdir Su Ürünleri Fakültesi Dergisi, 14(2), 125-137, 2018.  

ÖTERLER, B. (2017). Community Structure  Temporal and Spatial Changes of Epiphytic Algae on Three Different Submerged Macrophytes in a Shallow Lake. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies, 26(5), 2147–2158.

ÖTERLER, B. (2017). Winter Phytoplankton Composition Occurring in a Temporarily Ice-Covered Lake a Case Study. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies, 26(6), 2677–2688.

ÖTERLER, B. (2018). Comparative study of epiphytic algal communities on Typha latifolia L  and Phragmites australis  Cav  Trin  ex Steud in the shallow Gala Lake  European Part of Turkey . CHINESE JOURNAL OF OCEANOLOGY AND LIMNOLOGY, 36(5), 1615–1628.

GÜHER, H., & ÖTERLER, B. (2020). Seasonal Change of Physicochemical Properties of Kayalıköy Reservoir  Kıklareli Turkey  and Determination of Water Quality. Journal of Limnology and Freshwater Fisheries Research, 6(2), 127–143.

GÜHER, H., & ÖTERLER, B. (2020). Seasonal Distribution of Rotifera Compositions and Abundance in Kayalıköy Reservoir  Kırklareli Turkey . Acta Aquatica Turcica, 16(2), 246–256.

ASLAN, H., ELİPEK, B., GÖNÜLAL, O., BAYTUT, Ö., KURT, Y., & İNANMAZ, Ö. E. (2021). Gökçeada Salt Lake: a Case Study of Seasonal Dynamics of Wetland Ecological Communities in the Context of Anthropogenic Pressure and Nature Conservation. Wetlands, 41(2), 1-14.

ARSLAN, N., ELİPEK, B., & MERCAN, D. (2020). The Distribution of An Invasive Amphipod Species  Pontogammarus robustoides  Sars  1894 at Inland Waters of Turkey. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 72(4), 525–530.

AYDIN, G. B., & ELİPEK, B. (2019). Benthic macroinvertebrate diversity of rice fields in the Meriç-Ergene River Basin  Thrace  Turkey. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 87-94.

ALTINOLUK MİMİROĞLU, P., & ELİPEK, B. (2018). Comparative analysis of chemical and bacterial distribution of coastal lagoons and freshwater lakes in Turkish Thrace. Hidrobiologica, 28(1), 61–69.

ASLAN, H., GÖNÜLAL, O., CAN YILMAZ, E., ELİPEK, B., BAYTUT, Ö., TOSUNOĞLU, M., … Kurt, Y. (2018). Species Diversity In Lentic Lotic marine And Terrestrial Biotopes Of Gokceada Salt Lake Wetland Canakkale Turkey. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 27(5), 2853–2866.

ÖTERLER, B., ELİPEK, B., & ARAT, S. M. (2018). Influence of Environmental Conditions on the Phytoplankton Community Assemblages in Süloğlu Reservoir  Edirne  Turkey . Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 18(9), 969–982.

ELİPEK, B., GÜHER, H., ÖTERLER, B., TAŞ DİVRİK, M., & ALTINOLUK MİMİROĞLU, P. (2017). Determining of Water Quality by Using Multivariate Analysis Techniques in a Drinking Using Water Reservoir in Turkey. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 26(8), 5007–5012.

ÖZBEK, M., ÖZKAN, N., & ELİPEK, B. (2017). Freshwater and Brackish Amphipods  Crustacea  Amphipoda  from Turkish Thrace Region  Including Çanakkale Province . ACTA ZOOLOGICA BULGARICA, 69(4), 493–499.

ALTINOLUK MİMİROĞLU, P., & ELİPEK, B. (2017). Bacterial Composition Inhabiting Water Column And Bottom Sediment In Two Different Running Water Ecosystems Of Meric-Ergene River Basin  Turkish Thrace . Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 0–0.

ELİPEK, B., GÜHER, H., & ÖTERLER, B. (2017). Determınıng Of Water Qualıty By Usıng Multıvarıate Analysıs Technıques In A Drınkıng Usıng Water Reservoır In Turkey. Fresenıus Envıronmental Bulletın, 26(8), 5007–5012.

AYDIN, G. B., ÖTERLER, B., ELİPEK, B., & GÜHER, H. (2021). The Comparative Gut Content Analysis of Some Chironomidae Larvae Living in the Freshwaters at Northern Thrace  Region of Turkey. Journal of Limnology and Freshwater Fisheries Research, 7(1), 14–23.

ALTINOLUK MİMİROĞLU, P., ELİPEK, B., & AYDOĞDU, H. (2020). The evaluation of ecological status in Tunca  Tundzha  River  Turkish Thrace  based on environmental conditions and bacterial features. Aquatic Research, 3(2), 98–109.

M. TAŞ DİVRİK, B. ELİPEK, B. ÖTERLER, and T. KIRGIZ, “Multivariance analysis on the distribution of micro-macro elements and their derivates at Meriç River  Thrace Region  Turkey ,” Aquatic Research, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 144–154, Jun. 2020.

ÖTERLER, B., AYDIN, G. B., & ELİPEK, B. (2018). Qualitative and Quantitative Examination of Algal Flora in the Gut content of Tanypus punctipennis Meigen  1818. Suleyman Demirel University Journal of Natural and Applied Sciemnces, 22(1), 0–0.

GÜLBUNAR, F., AYDIN, G. B., & ELİPEK, B. (2018). The Growth of Tanypus punctipennis Meigen  Diptera  Chironomidae  larvae in laboratory conditions and the effects of water temperature and pH. Trakya University Journal of Natural Sciences, 19(1), 0–0.

BÜLBÜL, G., & ELİPEK, B. (2017). Investigation of the effects of domestic waste on aquatic bacterial distribution in the Meriç River  Edirne  Turkey  . Biologija, 0–0.

TOKATLI, C., BAŞTATLI, Y., & Elipek, B. (2017). Water quality assessment of dam lakes located in Edirne province (Turkey). Sigma, 35(4), 743-750.

Aydın, G.B., Güher. H. The Chironomidae (Diptera) fauna of Kırklareli Province. Turkish Journal of Zoolology (2017) 41: 335-341.

Aydın, GB., Samin, N. A Preliminary Study Aimed An Annotated Checklist of Chironomidae (Diptera: Culicomorpha: Chironomoidea) of Iran. Acta Aquatica Turcica, 16(1), 38-50.

Dumlu, A.B, Güner U., (2020). Acute And Some Chronic Effects Of Nickel In Gambusia Holbrooki, Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, Volume 29 – No. 09, 7342-7348,

Fulya Dilek Gökalp, Oğuzhan Doğanlar, Zeynep Banu Doğanlar & Utku Güner (2020) The genotoxic effects of mixture of aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, and chromium on the gill tissue of adult zebrafish (Danio rerio, Hamilton 1822), , Drug and Chemical Toxicology, DOI: 10.1080/01480545.2020.1810260,

Güner, U. (2020). Acute Toxicity (LC50) Of Cyhalofop Butyl on Gambusia Holbrooki . Journal of the Institute of Science and Technology , 10 (4) , 2394-2399,

Güner, U. (2018). Su Kurbağasında İribaşlarında (Rana ridibunda Pallas, 1771) Dört Ağır Metal (Pb, Co, Ba, Cr) Tuzunun Akut Toksisitesinin Araştırılması. Sinop Üniversitesi Fen Bilimleri Dergisi, 3 (2), 79-86,

Güner U, Sucul Deney Hayvanları Seçilmesi, Avantajlar ve Dezavantajlar, IĞDIR ÜNİVERSİTESİ Fen Bilimleri Enstitüsü Dergisi (FBED), 8(3), 93-100,

Güner, U. (2017). Yavru Sazanlarda (Cyprinus carpio Linnaeus, 1758) α-Cypermethrin Akut Toksik Etkisi. Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Eğirdir Su Ürünleri Fakültesi Dergisi 13.2: 173-178,

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