He was born in 1978 in Antalya/Kumluca. After completing his primary, secondary, and high school education in Kumluca, he graduated from Süleyman Demirel University (SDU), Faculty of Forestry, Department of Forestry Engineering in 1999. After working in a private forest management company, he started his academic life as a Research Assistant at SDU Faculty of Forestry, Forest Management Department in 2000. He became Assistant Professor in 2010, Associate Professor in 2012, and Professor in 2018.
Prof. Dr. Yılmaz ÇATAL, who is the author of more than 80 national and international articles, symposium papers, and books, works as an editor and co-editor in national and international journals. He took part as a researcher, consultant, and coordinator in 20 scientific research projects supported by different institutions. He served as the Director of the Vocational School, the Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, served as the head of the department, the deputy head of the department, a member of the board of directors in the departments he worked, and was in the management of the research and application centers of the university.
Since 2018, he has been a member of the Executive Board of the European Forestry Council (CEF) and the vice president of the European Forestry Academic Society (EFAS). He has been serving as a Board Member of the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB) since 2020.
He is married, has two children, and speaks English.
He was appointed as the Rector of Isparta University of Applied Sciences on September 15, 2022, with the approval of our President, Mr. Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN, and with the Presidential Decision No. 2022/473.