Kolisa Yola Sinyanya

Kolie Yola

Kolisa is a final year Ph.D. candidate in Oceanography at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She is an Advancing Womxn- Ocean Womxn fellow, a 2019 Inspiring Fifty Women In STEM South Africa nominee, a FameLab runner up, TEDx speaker and avid science communicator. Kolisa’s Ph.D. research is a growing body of work that uses nitrogen isotopes to understand how biogeochemical cycles function in order to make the planet cooler and therefore habitable. She has a BSc Biological Science, Honours in Botany from Walter Sisulu University and a MSc Botany from the University of Cape Town. In February 2020, Kolisa gave a presentation on a chapter from her Ph.D. research at Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego, California, USA.

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