Ms Yolokazi Galada

MSc (by dissertation only) Thesis: Breeding and feeding biology of African Penguins, focusing on Dyer Island

Yolo Galada grew up the Eastern Cape, in Mthatha. She graduated with a BSc from the Walter Sisulu University (former University of Transkei) in 2008. After graduating, she worked as a life science teacher at a local high school for three months. In 2009, she relocated to Cape Town where she worked for the Oceans and Coasts Branch of the Department of Environmental Affairs as an intern. She says: "That's when I was introduced to the ADU team."

In 2010/2011 Yolo grabbed the opportunity to be part of the team overwintering on Marion Island, a small subantarctic island about 1800 km south of Port Elizabeth. She spent a year on the island as field assistant for Oceans and Coasts, doing seabird research. She had the opportunity to work with more than 10 seabird species including four penguin species. In May 2011, she returned to Cape Town and completed her BSc(Hons) in Zoology at the University of Cape Town. The title of her honours project was A comparative observation on the annual cycle of four penguin species found in the sub- Antarctic Marion Island. The project was supervised by Prof Les Underhill and Dr Rob Crawford (from Oceans and Coasts)

Personal interests

Dancing, hiking and singing