Ökmen Sümer




PhD Ökmen Sümer is a multifaceted scientist born in 1977. He started his academic career in 2001 at the Geological department of Dokuz Eylül University after graduating from the same college. His Master and PhD thesis cover geologic evolution of different Neogene to Quaternary basins located in western Anatolia which were formed influence of both extensional and strike-slip tectonic regimes. He has been authored numerous publications during over the last fifteen years. Most of his research has been concerned with the sedimentology, structural geology, development of basins and basin analysis, Neogene - Quaternary stratigraphy, paleoseismology, tectonic geomorphology, geodynamics, geoarchaeology and archaeoseismology. Other interests in his profession are Anthropocene time interval, anthropogenic pollution, volcanology and tephrochronology and dating techniques in Quaternary deposits as a tool for geological purposes. Also he gave lectures on sedimentology, structural geology, historical geology and Philosophy of Geology at different universities in Turkey as an invited speaker. He was also being honored the Golden Hammer Research Award in 2016 by the Chamber of Geological Engineers of Turkey for his spectacular work on the Ephesus Fault.


  1. Sümer, Ö., Uzel, B., Özkaymak, Ç., Sözbilir, H. 2018. Kinematics of the Havran-Balıkesir Fault Zone and its implication on geodynamic evolution of the Southern Marmara Region, NW Anatolia. Geodinamica Acta, 30(1), 306-323.
  2. Sümer, Ö., 2015. Evidence for the reactivation of a pre-existing zone of weakness and its contributions to the evolution of the Küçük Menderes Graben: A study on the Ephesus Fault, Western Anatolia, Turkey, Geodinamica Acta, 27 (2-3), 129–153.
  3. Sümer, Ö., İnci, U., Sözbilir, H., 2013. Tectonic evolution of the Söke Basin: extension-dominated transtensional basin formation in western part of the Büyük Menderes Graben, Western Anatolia, Turkey. Jounal of Geodynamics, 65, 148-175.
  4. Sümer, Ö., İnci, U., Sözbilir, H., 2012. Tectono-sedimentary evolution of an Early Pleistocene shallow marine fan-deltaic succession at the western coast of Turkey, Geodinamica Acta, 25, 3/4, 112-131.