Acarology Department



Principal Museum Scientist and Head of Department

Lizel Hugo  is a National Museum Staff Member in the Acarology Department

Lizel Hugo-Coetzee PhD   lhugo [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Lizel Hugo-Coetzee obtained her BSc, BSc Hons and MSc at the University of the Free State, majoring in Entomology. She obtained her PhD in Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University in 2006. Her thesis title was: Spatial patterns in the microarthropod community associated with Azorella selago (Apiaceae) on the sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands. Lizel spent a year on Marion Island collecting data for this degree. She started working at the National Museum in January 2006 as a Museum Scientist. Her main interest is the taxonomy of oribatid mites in South Africa, as well as some ecological aspects of oribatid mite communities. Lizel is a Research Associate of the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of the Free State.  She is also a section editor for the journal, Systematic and Applied Acarology. Lizel has been appointed Head of Department in January 2017.