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  • 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 Biology and Ecology, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth 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 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, where she joined the private sector, and contributed to the development and operation of a marine fish hatchery that now is reference in the commercial production of 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. Her master’s thesis was focused on advancements of hatchery technology for the American red snapper, with emphasis on the first feeding of the larvae.

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