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.
She started working at the National Museum in January 2006 as a Museum Scientist. Lizel is a Research Associate of the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of the Free State.
Lizel has been appointed Head of Department in January 2017. Her main interest is the taxonomy of oribatid mites in South Africa, as well as some ecological aspects of oribatid mite communities. Currently she is reviewing the family Oppiidae, and is also involved in a collaborative project about mites associated with termites.