is based at the Istanbul Department of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) where he is responsible for the coordination of the Göbekli Tepe Project. He completed his master’s degree at the University of Cologne in 2005, majoring in prehistoric archaeology. Following the completion of his PhD in 2013, which looked at climate-culture interactions in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Early Holocene, he joined the DAI as a post-doctoral fellow. Since 2015, he has been coordinating research and fieldwork at Göbekli Tepe. His areas of academic expertise include Neolithisation and Neolithic dispersal processes, Early-Middle Holocene absolute chronologies, culture-climate interaction, prehistoric conflict, and cognitive evolution.