Utku Perktas

Research Associate, Vertebrate Zoology, Ornithology

I am an associate professor in the Department of Biology at the Hacettepe University where I have been a faculty member since 2013. After I completed my Ph.D. on ecogeography of Common Chaffinches at the Hacettepe University (2008), I started my post-doc studies that focused on the phylogeography of birds in American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) under the supervision of George F. Barrowclough. I was a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow in 2011 to conduct a comprehensive project on African Biogeography, and I honored as a research associate title from AMNH in 2012.


Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Vertebrate Zoology - Ornithology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, USA, 2011-2012

Ph.D., Hacettepe University, Turkey, 2008

B.S., Hacettepe University, Turkey, 1998

Research Interests

Phylogeography, Biogeography, Ecological Niche Modeling

Other Interests: Wildlife Photography


Perktas, U, Barrowclough, GF & Groth, JG (2011). Phylogeography and species limits in the green woodpecker complex (Aves: Picidae): multiple Pleistocene refugia and range expansion across Europe and the Near East. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 104: 710-723. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2011.01750.x

Vallely, A, Dyer, D & Perktas, U (2014). Perplexing siskins: a review of the Spinus pinus - S. atriceps problem. The Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club. 134: 259-269.

Perktas, U, Gür, H, Saglam, IK & Quintero, E (2015). Climate-driven range shifts and demographic events over the history of Kruper's Nuthatch Sitta krueperi. Bird Study. 62: 14-28. DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2014.977220.