We are DMAD
And this is what we do...

Creating an ecological consciousness through scientific research and outreach activities

With more than two hundred interns, students and volunteers since we started in 2015, DMAD aims to raise both scientific and public awareness of critical habitats and the problems they are facing and implement the actions in order to conserve the marine biodiversity in Levantine, Aegean and Adriatic Seas.

Our goal

Our target is to implement effective conservation strategies, support citizen science, raise ecological awareness and use research and knowledge in order to generate those management skills for healthy populations and ecosystems. We train tens of interns and volunteers each year who participate in real world data collection and develop skills that they can take away to other projects to spread conservation further and wider.


Dedicated Conservation Projects


Different countries

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I would without a doubt recommend DMAD to biological graduates and those who are seeking experience in conservation science. I have gained invaluable research skills having worked alongside respectable and dedicated scientists.

Romina Waller DMAD Intern

    Our dedicated team of researchers work tirelessly to help identify critical habitats, analyse behaviours, catalogue individuals and assess anthropogenic threats

    We work across 5 different projects in 3 different countries and have trained more than a two hundred volunteers and interns to date to help build conservation capacities.

    Aylin Akkaya

    Phd Founder, Science Director

    Kerim Akkaya

    Chairman of the Board

    Atakan Dalkılıç

    Biologist, Montenegro Student Coordinator

    Ceyda Özdemir

    Biologist Media and Social Media Designer, Montengro Student Coordinator

    Tim Awbery


    Songül Yavuz

    Project Development

    Uğraş Metin


    Leyla İsrapilova

    Student DMAD Volunteer Researcher

    Duru Güneş Yalçın

    Volunteer Researcher

    Ufuk Çağlar

    Boat Master

    Vuk Koljensic

    Human Relations Specialist

    Emine Ulusoy

    Biology Teacher Education Volunteer

    Doğa Can Akkaya

    Volunteer Researcher

    Patrick Lyne

    MMO / PAM Expert

    Selina Brouwer

    External Volunteer Supervisor

    Our Honorary Member

    Prof. Dr. Bayram Öztürk