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.