Yolanda got her BS degree in Biology at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE, 2012). In 2015, she completed her master's degree in Conservation Sciences at the University of Queensland in Australia, where she looked at the effects of climate change on early life history of invertebrate species from the Great Barrier Reef. Some of her main fields of expertise are taxonomy of opisthobranchs, embryology, animal physiology, marine biology, forests ecology, sustainable development, and human-wildlife conflicts. She has worked as a Science Researcher at PUCE and the State University of Santa Elena (Ecuador). She has almost ten years of experience working with public institutions and private companies as a Leading Environmental Consultant. Finally, she held a position as Director of Projects in a national NGO, which conferred her proficiency in projects design and management, as well as elaboration of grants and funding proposals.