Oyena is a 22 year old woman from Dutywa, one of the smallest towns in the Eastern Cape. She was born and bred there and it was all she had ever known … until she came to Cape Town. She completed her undergraduate training in Nature Conservation at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. After this she enrolled for her BSc Honours in Environmental Management at UNISA. She has worked and volunteered in many different areas in Biodiversity, ranging from rehabilitating African penguins at the Two Oceans Aquarium to assisting in conducting research on seabirds on Marion Island. She is very excited to be taking part in the Conservation Biology Masters programme and is looking forward to the year and all it will bring.
Cape Cormorants (Phalacrocorax capensis) decline: a result of competition with the purse-seine fishery off the coast of South Africa. (Supervisors: Peter Ryan, Azwianewi Makhado, Robert Crawford)