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Yole Buchalla

Position:  Early Life History Scientist - La Jolla Headquarters
Early-life History Group

858 546-7100



  • Conducts experimental research on early life stages of tunas and reproductive biology of yellowfin tuna.
  • Responsible for the management of all experimental and biological sampling data collected by the Early Life History Group and the incorporation and analysis of those data in a relational database.
  • Coordination of all purchasing and shipping of scientific materials for the Achotines Laboratory.


  • M.Sc. in Aquaculture and Fisheries, Marine Ecosystems and Society, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, 2020.
  • Aquaculture Engineer, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina- UFSC, Florian√≥polis, SC- Brazil, 2010.


Yole Buchalla joined the staff in 2021 to work as a research scientist with the Early Life History Group, Biology Program. She is responsible for conducting experimental research at Achotines Laboratory with eggs, larvae and early-juveniles of tuna species, and on reproductive biology of adult yellowfin tuna. She is also responsible for database management and publication development. Yole is originally from Brazil, where she completed her studies on Aquaculture Engineering at Federal University of Santa Catarina. After her undergraduate studies, she relocated to Costa Rica, and joined the private sector working on research and development of husbandry techniques for spotted rose snapper. In 2018, she was recruited for a Master’s program at University of Miami, where she focused on studying the reproductive biology and early life history of marine finfish species such as cobia, mahi mahi, Nassau grouper, red snapper, and Japanese flounder.

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