Kathleen ‘Katy’ Prudic is an entomologist interested in discovering how ecological and evolutionary interactions promote biodiversity. She received her doctorate in Evolution and Ecology from the University of Arizona and her bachelor’s degree from UC Davis before joining the staff of Yale University where she studied how and why butterflies have such beautiful wings.
Her research findings have been published in top notch research journals such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy, Proceedings of the Royal Society and Behavioral Ecology. Her results have been featured in a variety of popular press venues including Associated Press, BBC, CBC, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine and Smithsonian Magazine.
She has taught for the Environmental Studies Program at Yale University and given invited seminars the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Exeter University, University of New Mexico, University of Virginia and Wesleyan University.
Katy is presently a research scientist at Oregon State University in the Department of Integrative Biology and co-directing eButterfly, a citizen science project focused on butterflies and climate change, with Max Larrivee and Kent McFarland. In the few moments she is not engaged in scientific discovery, she enjoys birding, making cheese and playing roller derby.