. germany, baltic sea, between rostock and gedser

. mexico, isla cozumel, tsul ha beach

. south africa, hermanus
© stefan fast 2000

. some words about myself

I am originally from north-eastern Germany - from the picturesque coast of the Baltic Sea and the beautiful port town Rostock.

Photography is one of my hobbies and I focus on landscape and close-up photography initially on 35 mm film, but now also using a digital SLR. Check out the . photography and . image gallery sites to view some of my photographs.

I enjoy being outside to see different landscapes and to observe the animal and plant life in different parts of the world. I have been to places in Europe (Denmark, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and others), Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Singapore, South Africa, and the USA leaving only Antarctica as a continent untouched. My camera equipment is always with me on tour and I enjoy capturing my view of the world on slides and in digital RAW format.

Another interest, and now my profession, is biology and particularly entomology—the science of insects. I studied biology at the University of Rostock with an emphasis in zoology, entomology, and botany. During my course of study I also spent time in South Africa, the USA, and Denmark before I graduated with a Diploma in Biology from the University of Rostock in January 2002. From August 2002–August 2007 I worked on my Ph.D. dissertation at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA) and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City.

I obtained my Ph.D. in August 2007 and my dissertation is entitled “Phylogeny, classification, & biodiversity of robber flies (Diptera: Brachycera: Asiloidea: Asilidae) with special reference to Leptogastrinae.” After postdocs at the AMNH, the Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH) in Chicago, IL and the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, I work now as a Research Entomologist in the Department of Entomology at the NMNH in Washington, DC.

. contact - torsten (at) tdvia.de .

. curriculum vitae .

. recent photograph .