In late 2152, Yolen was working for the Denobulan Science Academy when he finally received permission to go to Xantoras to study the unique rock formations there. He led a team which included Doctors Trevix and Zepht. The three of them climbed through the maze-like tunnels to get to where they set up their base, and left sample containers throughout the caves.
On February of 2153, a xenophobic rebel faction overtook the Xantoran government and demanded that all aliens leave the planet. The scientists were too far underground to receive the message, and as the nearest Denobulan starship was several days away, the Denobulan government asked the Earth ship Enterprise to retrieve him.