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Yolokazi Galada

Marine Biologist

Work experience

Jan 2015Present

Marine & Coastal Officer

Cape Nature

Drafting up a standard research and monitoring protocol for Cape Nature's Marine protected areas, Islands and Estuaries.

Drafting of the Betty's Bay beachfront and dune management plan as well as conducting stakeholder engagement meetings with Overstrand Municipality, Environmental Affairs and Rate Payers Association.

Research monitoring involving; collection, analysis and interpretation of data projects including:-

                 -  Water quality studies at Bot, Klien and Palmiet River Estuaries

                 -   Boat based White Shark charming for population dynamics studies  

                 -  Baited underwater video monitoring of Benthic Sharks .

Engaging with and providing information on Marine and coastal programme, management plans and management forums to stakeholders involved in marine, coastal and estuarine management.

Organising, minute talking and compiling reports for the Western Cape Estuaries Management Programme and Task Team.

Assisted in conducting specialists studies at Durban Harbour for impact assessment conducted by Anchor Consultants. This included the following:

             - Literature review for trends in fish biodiversity and abundance over the years

             - Collection and lab identification of  invertebrates samples     

             - Fish sampling and identification.

Habitat management and monitoring of seabird colony at Stoney Point

Formulating collaborative environmental education at local schools in Hermanus, Gansbaai and Kleinmond.

Mentoring B-Tech students on developing research projects, statistical analyses and scientific report writing.

Assisting in compliance and law enforcement activities at Betty's Bay Marine protected area.

Assisting in doing budgets, reports and general office administration.

Apr 2014Dec 2014

DST National Research Foundation Intern

South African National Biodiversity Institute

Conducting research and literature review on wildlife trade using CITES checklist do species.

Engaging with IUCN plant specialists groups for implementation of the convention of Biodiversity's Global Strategy for plant conservation targets.

Advising policy group of key emerging issues in Science.

Attending conferences, workshops and organising meetings.

Apr 2010May 2011

Research Assistant (Marion Island)

South African National Antarctic Program, DEA

Population counts of all birds breeding at the Island

Breeding success studies of penguins, petrels,skua's and wandering albatross.

Collecting and laboratory processing of penguin diet samples.

Night birding and bird identification of migratory birds.

Ringing of birds according to SAFRING standards.

Weighing of adult and chicks during breeding season.

Management and processing of data.

Advising the management on conservation issues related to seabirds.

Stock count of laboratory equipment and stationary.

Preparing monthly and annual reports.

Apr 2009Mar 2010

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Intern

Department of Environmental Affairs

Participating in research cruises for collections of samples.

Laboratory processing of samples, dissections, and preserving samples in ethanol.

Sorting out and identification of invertebrate samples.

Processing samples for stable isotopes.

Compiling scientific papers and sorting the using reference manager.

General administration ; including ordering laboratory equipment.


Occupational Specific Training and Key Skills

Introduction to environmental impact assessment, Rhodes University, South Africa, 2015.

Skippers License - Category C, Honda Marine, 2015.

Introduction to R - STATISTICAL programming, SANBI, 2014

Introduction to GIS, SANBI, 2014

Introduction to Ms Access, SANBI, 2014.

Scientific Writing.



Masters degree (by dissertation only)

University of Cape Town

Thesis: Breeding and feeding biology of African Penguins, focusing on Dyer Island.

Jan 2011Dec 2011

Honours Degree in Zoology

University of Cape Town

Annual cycle of four penguin species breeding at sub-Antarctic Marion Island.



Volunteer - 2 weeks :

SABAP census around the Island.

Moult count of birds.

Deploying GPS loggers on the African  penguin.

Construction of artificial nests for African penguins.


Life Science Teacher - Jan 2009- Mar 2009 :

Teaching, formulating tests, practicals & assignments for year 11 and 12 students.


Marion Island.