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Research interests:

Noble gas geochemistry
Igneous petrology
Mantle plumes

Career history:

Education:
-MS in Department of Geological Engineering, Middle East Technical University, February 2015-January 2018
Thesis: Geochemistry and Petrogenesis of the Diabase Dykes from the Boğazkale Region (Çorum, Central Anatolia),
-BS (Hons) in Department of Geological Engineering, Middle East Technical University, September 2009-June 2014.

Career:
-University of Glasgow, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, Graduate Teaching Assistant (01/2021 – 05/2021)
-Middle East Technical University, Research and Teaching Assistant (08/2015 – 09/2020),
-Middle East Technical University, Student Assistant (02/2015 – 07/2015).

Active research projects:

-Deciphering helium concentration of Afar mantle plume,
-The origin of volatiles in Tertiary Iceland mantle plume.

Recent publications:

Publications:
-Balcı, U., Sayit, K., 2020. Diabase dykes from Boğazkale (Çorum), Central Anatolia: Geochemical insights into the geodynamical evolution of the northern branch of Neotethys, Geochemistry, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemer.2020.125602.

Conferences:
-Stuart, F., Balci, U., and Barrat, J.-A.: Defining the composition of the deep mantle and the primordial He inventory of the Afar plume, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-10891, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-10891, 2021.
-Balci, U., and Sayit, K., 2018. Geochemistry and petrogenesis of the diabase dykes from the Boğazkale Region, Central Anatolia: Implications for the geodynamical evolution of the northern branch of Neotethys. In: 72nd Geology Congress of Turkey with international participation, Abstracts, Ankara, Turkey.
-Balci, U., and Sayit, K., 2017. Preliminary geochemical data for the diabase dykes from the Izmir-Ankara-Erzincan Suture Belt, Central Anatolia. In: EGU General Assembly 2017, Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna, Austria.