Sylvanna spent the last nine years conducting research and monitoring with the Seychelles National Parks Authority. She is an experienced scientific research diver, a Zoological Society of London EDGE Fellow, A Mandela Washington Fellow, an Institute of Leadership and Management alumnus and an Earthwatch alumnus. She is the Seychelles lead-author on a WIOMSA Book "Mangroves of the Western Indian Ocean", and is a member of the Plant Conservation Action Group NGO. Sylvanna describes her area of interest as being centred on capacity development of youth and community groups, and has experience working in the field of Protected Area management and sustainable use of resources. She has contributed to updating of legislations and policies and has experience in designing tools to provide strategic direction in conservation.
Sylvanna joined the University of Seychelles in September 2017 as a lecturer in the Environment Department and a research member of BERI. Sylvanna is a social scientist with an MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Canbridge and a BSocSc in Environment and Geography (Hons) from James Cook University, Australia.