Mustafa Yücel obtained a B.S. degree from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara in 2005 in Chemical Engineering. He then moved to University of Delaware (USA) and there in 2010 he completed a PhD in Oceanography in the group of marine chemist Prof. George Luther. Between 2010 and 2012 Mustafa performed postdoctoral studies in France, in the Benthic Ecogeochemistry Laboratory (LECOB) of CNRS and University Pierre and Marie Curie. Then, between February 2013 and April 2015 he worked as a postdoctoral scientist in Germany in GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. Since April 2015 Mustafa has been appointed as a Faculty Member in METU Institute of Marine Sciences in Turkey and currently is the Vice Director of the institute responsible with research coordination and international collaborations.
Mustafa is interested in biogeochemical cycles in the ocean, geochemical drivers of seafloor ecosystems (vents, seeps, reducing sediments) and development of novel chemical sensors to study the dynamic environmental processes in situ. Since 2008 he authored a total of 30 journal publications (10 as a first author) and 6 book chapters. Mustafa also participated in 11 international ocean expeditions (in Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Mediterranean, Black Sea and the Baltic Sea) and 5 submersible dives to the ocean floor over 2500 m depth, being the deepest-diving Turkish citizen.