Kefyn M. Catley obtained his B.Sc. Hons. in Zoology from the University of Wales, Masters in Biology from Western Carolina University, and Ph.D. in Arthropod Systematics from Cornell University. His background is in evolutionary biology and he worked for a number of years as a Research Scientist at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, studying the evolutionary biology of spiders. Traveling extensively he has studied spiders in Chile, Australia, Europe and throughout North America. He is Professor of Biology and Director of the Science Education Program at Western Carolina University. Previously he held faculty positions at Rutgers and Vanderbilt Universities. In collaboration with Laura Novick, his education research revolves around the difficulties of comprehending evolution, especially macroevolution and tree thinking, and how these difficulties interact with peoples' perceptions and understanding of the natural world. His biological research focuses on the biology and systematics of spiders. He has published on spider biology, evolution and environmental education and the biodiversity crisis. He lives in the Great Smoky Mountains of NC where he keeps bees, plays the ‘cello and as an avid backpacker is attempting to section hike the Appalachian Trial.
Catley, K. M., Novick, L. R., & Shade, C. K. (2010). Interpreting Evolutionary
Diagrams: When Topology and Process Conflict. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 47 (7), 861–882.
Catley, K. M. (2006). Darwin’s missing link: a new paradigm for evolution education. Science Education. 90 (5), 767-783.
Catley, K., Lehrer, R., & Reiser, B. (2005). Tracing a prospective learning progression for developing understanding of evolution. Paper Commissioned by the National Academies Committee on Test Design for K-12 Science Achievement. http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bota/Evolution.pdf