Michael Turkay, head of the Marine Zoology Department of the Senckenberg Institute, studied Biology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He wrote his dissertation in his main subject Zoology and habilitated in 2001. He was appointed an extracurricular professor in 2008. Michael Turkay has been working for the Senckenberg Institute since 1976, first, being section leader for crustaceans before becoming deputy director and then director of the Marine Zoology Department. He is an active marine biologist working as well in shallow sea (north sea, red sea) as in oceanic deep sea.