Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Scientist Spotlight: Torsten Dikow, Insect Researcher


Meet Torsten Dikow, an insect researcher at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. His work focuses on discovering species of flies in places around the world and he likes the excitement of finding new species. In this video, Torsten talks about how he became interested in being a scientist, the skills he needs in his job, and the advice he has for students. Anyone can do science, he says, and science can help you hone skills you can use anywhere, like critical thinking, asking good questions, and solving problems.

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

See all Scientist Spotlight videos.

Resource Type
Videos and Webcasts
Grade Level
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Careers, Life Science