I am a Professor at the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the lovely city of Oldenburg, Germany, where I study the ecology of microbes with my background in computer science.

Reach me at a.murat.eren at gmail (but please do not send anything sensitive through e-mail without encryption; you can get my GPG key, or simply encrypt a message for me via https://keybase.io/meren). You can also find me on Twitter.

Here is an article that represents my research and I like, and here is another one by someone else about it. Please see the lab page for most up-to-date information (basically that's where I live now).

I am an open-source advocate, and I am a firm supporter of open-science.


Photography is something I did passionately. Here is some of my old work. I used to actively blog in Turkish, an endeavor that ended for me when I moved from being a post-doc to a professor. The void that emerged in my life due to the disapearance of the readers of my blog from my life is still there after many years.



Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn’t stop you from doing anything at all.

–Richard Feynman

Yes. Fall in love with some activity. Don’t ever let the society intimidate you. They don’t know anything either.


This is where I am originally from (more photos):

In a parallel universe I still am a shepherd on these mountains.