Colin Schoeman

Colin Schoeman


Colin Schoeman was born in 1981 in Port-Elizabeth, South Africa. He grew up in Johannesburg and later Mauritius, but completed his Matric in Cape Town.

Colin Schoeman obtained a BSc.Hons. (Entomology) and MSc (Entomology) cum laude at the University of Stellenbosch. He has been employed by the University of Venda since 2009, teaches modules in Conservation, Invertebrate Zoology and Entomology, and pursues research in Entomology and Community Ecology. He is currently registered for a PhD (Zoology) at the University of Venda, supervised by Prof. Stefan Foord and Prof. Michelle Hamer. The project explores the predictive value of geographic distance, microhabitats and vegetation units for turnover and beta-diversity of ground-dwelling arthropods; and how these processes inform conservation decision making.

Besides teaching and research, Colin Schoeman is actively building a reference collection of the ground-dwelling invertebrates of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. He has published 4 peer-reviewed papers, and has attended national conferences and Antcourse hosted by the American Museum of Natural History in the USA. He has also self-published a collection of short stories.


  1. Drivers of Biodiversity in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve.

    The Soutpansberg Mountains of northern South Africa run from west to east for some 210 km, ranging in altitude from 200 m to 1748 m (at Mt Lejuma); together with the Blouberg Mountains (which rise to 2050m) and the Makgabeng Plateau they form the core of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. Rainfall varies from 367 mm […]
  2. Spatial Biodiversity Assessment of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve

    The Department of Environmental Affairs are appointing consultants to undertake an Environmental Management Framework (EMF) for the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve (Vhembe District and Blouberg Local Municipality) which will include an analysis of the current zonation (core conservation areas and buffer zones), suggest future conservation areas and publish land use guidelines. The objective of the EMF […]
  3. Insect diversity and conservation

    Colin Schoeman is studying beta diversity and turnover of ants, beetles and spiders across five longitudinal transects in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, representing the different vegetation units in the region. The rate of turnover in species diversity over large geographic areas differs not only between vegetation units, but within them as well, which has important […]