Palesa Diale

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • University of the Witwatersrand, Environment


Palesa was born and raised in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa. Some of the highlights in Palesa’s research career include obtaining her Masters degree with a distinction and being hosted to give a seminar talk on her PhD work at the University of California San Diego, at the Scripp Institute of Oceonography. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town. Palesa’s greatest challenge is finding the most effective role for herself as a young black female scientist committed to effectively contributing to resolving current problems borne out of historical and political legacies.

Palesa writes a blog which features photography, science and random observations about life.

Greatest Achievement

Being able to pursue a career, and obtain a PhD in a field that has resonated with her since childhood: environmental preservation and rehabilitation.

Professional Interests

Being part of a high-impact technical team that will provide and apply innovative solutions using biological processes to the problem of acid mine drainage.