Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Scientist Spotlight: Floyd Shockley, Collections Manager and Entomologist


Meet Dr. Floyd Shockley, the collections manager for the Department of Entomology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He is an entomologist: a scientist who studies insects. As collections manager, his main job is to care for the 35 million specimens in the national insect collections. Learn how Floyd became interested in entomology and what he does to take care of the insect collections. Find out why there isn't any one way to do science or be a scientist. Learn how you have been doing science, even if you didn't realize it. 

About Scientist Spotlight

The videos in this series highlight personal stories of science experts at the museum, including how they became interested in science and what challenges they have overcome. The experts also offer advice for students who may be interested in pursuing a science career.

These videos aim to:

  • Help students build more personal connections to science careers
  • Help students build positive attitudes in science
  • Help students experience the topic as meaningful

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Resource Type
Videos and Webcasts
Grade Level
Careers, Life Science