Kefyn M. Catley

Department of Biology
Professor; Director Western Regional Science Fair



Phone: 828-227-3651
Email: kcatley@wcu.edu
Office Address: Stillwell 206

Education:

  • Ph.D. Arthropod Systematics, Cornell University, 1996
  • M.S. Biology, Western Carolina University, 1991
  • B.Sc. Hons. Zoology, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth 1989

Courses Taught:

  • BIOL 141 Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL 306 Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOL 373 Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 470/570 Biology of Arthropods
  • BIOL 493/593 Spiders of the Southern Appalachians
  • BIOL 480 Undergraduate Research
  • BIOL 697 Introduction to Graduate Research
  • BIOL 699 Thesis Research
  • SCI 150 Introduction to Science Education
  • SCI 301 Inquiry and the Nature of Science
  • SCI 422 Principles and Methods of Science Education
  • SCI 491 Supervised Student Teaching in the Sciences
  • SCI 512 Advanced Science Methods
  • Evolution in the Blue Ridge, Highlands Biological Station

Book Chapters (last five years)

  • Catley, K. M., Novick, L. R., & Funk, D. J. (2012). The promise and challenges of introducing tree thinking into evolution education. In K. Rosengren, E. M. Evans, S. Brem, & G. Sinatra (Eds.), Evolution challenges: Integrating research and practice in teaching and learning about evolution (Ch. 5, pp. 93-118). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Articles in refereed journal (last five years)

  • Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (in press). Fostering 21st century evolutionary reasoning: Teaching tree thinking to undergraduate biology students. CBE: Life Sciences Education. 
  • Novick, L. R., Schreiber, E. G., & Catley, K. M. (2014). Deconstructing evolution education: The relationship between micro- and macroevolution. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 51, 759-788. [Special issue on Discipline-Centered Post-Secondary Education Research]
  • Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2014). When relationships depicted diagrammatically conflict with prior knowledge: An investigation of students’ interpretations of evolutionary trees. Science Education, 98, 269-304.
  • Laura R Novick, Jane Pickering, Teresa MacDonald, Judy Diamond, Shaaron Ainsworth, Adriana E Aquino, Kefyn M Catley, Jeff Dodick, Evelyn Evans, Camillia Matuk, Janis Sacco and Monique Scott (2014.) Depicting the Tree of Life in Museums: Guiding Principles from Psychological Research. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 7:25 (15 Nov). doi:10.1186/s12052-014-0025-0.
  • This article received the “Highly Accessed” designation from Springer Publications.
  • Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2013). Reasoning about Evolution’s Grand Patterns: College Students’ Understanding of the Tree of Life. American Educational Research Journal. 50 (1) 138 -177.
  • Catley, K. M., Phillips, B. C., & Novick, L. R. (2013). Snakes and Eels and Dogs! Oh, My! Evaluating High School Students’ Tree-thinking Skills: An Entry Point to Understanding Evolution. Research in Science Education. 43 (6) 2327-2348.
  • Phillips, B. C., Novick, L. R., Catley, K. M., & Funk D. J. (2013) Teaching Tree Thinking to College Students: It’s Not as Easy as You Think. Evolution: Education and Outreach.
  • Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2012). Assessing Students’ Understanding of Macroevolution: Concerns Regarding the Validity of the MUM. International Journal of Science Education. 34 (17) 2679-2703.
  • Novick, L. R., Stull, A. T., & Catley, K. M. (2012). Reading Phylogenetic Trees: Effects of Tree Orientation and Text Processing on Comprehension. BioScience 62 (8) 757-764.
  • Novick, L. R., Catley, K. M., & Funk, D. J. (2011). Inference is Bliss: Using Evolutionary Relationship to Guide Inferences About Biological Categories. Cognitive Science. 35 (2) 712-443.
  • Novick, L. R., Shade, C. K., & Catley, K. M. (2011). Linear Versus Branching Depictions of Evolutionary History: Implications for Design. Topics in Cognitive Science. 3: 536–559.
  • 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.
  • Novick, L. R., Catley, K. M., & Funk, D. J. (2010). Characters are Key: The Effect of Synapomorphies on Cladogram Comprehension. Evolution: Education and Outreach 3 (4) 539-547.
  • Morabito, N., Catley, K. M., & Novick, L. R. (2010). Reasoning about evolutionary history: The effects of biology background on post-secondary students’ knowledge of most recent common ancestry and homoplasy. Journal of Biological Education 44, 166-174.

Book Reviews (last five years)

  • Catley, K. M. (2011). Critical Competence. Review of; Teaching Environmental Literacy: Across Campus and Across the Curriculum edited by Heather L. Reynolds et al, Indiana University Press. BioScience 61: 8, 642-643. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/bio.2011.61.8.14
  • Catley, K. M. (2010). Darwin’s Universe: Evolution from A–Z. By Richard Milner. 488 pp. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. American Journal of Human Biology 22: 426-427.

Invited presentations (last five years)

  • Catley, K. M. (2015, Aug) “Exploring Design in Nature” invited presentation to teacher participants in NCCAT workshop “Engineering Design: Literacy through problem solving”.
  • Catley, K. M. (2015, July) University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley “Think Evolution” institute for educators. Guest presenter and workshop facilitator.
  • Catley, K. M. (2013, Nov). "Teaching Evolution by Exploring the Tree of Life". National Science Teachers' Association South East Area Conference Charlotte, NC
  • Catley, K. M. (2013, June). Keynote address: “Teaching and Learning Challenges in Undergraduate Evolution Education”.  Evolution 2013 Snowbird, Utah:  Professional Development Workshop for Undergraduate Educators: “Avoiding Extinction in the Classroom”.
  • Catley, K. M. (2013, June). Keynote address: “Seeing the Wood and the Trees”. Evolution 2013 Snowbird, Utah.  Evo101: Teaching Evolution for K-12 educators.
  • Catley, K. M. (2012, November). Development and implementation of a novel macroevolution curriculum. Presentation to the North Carolina Science Teachers’ Association Annual Professional Development Institute.
  • Novick, L. R., Catley, K. M., & Schreiber E. G (2012, July). A Research-Based Tree-Thinking (Macroevolution) Curriculum For College Students. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER), second annual meeting. University of Minnesota.
  • Catley, K. M., (2012, April). Microevolution and Macroevolution: A false dichotomy? Data from undergraduate students. Association of Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting., Athens, GA.
  • Catley, K. M. (2012, March). Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Teaching and Learning Challenges in Evolution Education. Mathematics and Science Education Doctoral Program Seminar Series. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.
  • Novick, L. R., Stull, A. T., & Catley, K. M. (2011, November). Diagram orientation affects interpretation of evolutionary diagrams: Evidence from eye movements. Fifty-Second Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, WA.
  • Catley, K. M. (2011, November). Teaching micro PLUS macroevolution: a tree thinking perspective. Presentation to the North Carolina Science Teachers’ Association Annual Professional Development Institute.
  • Catley, K. M., & Novick, L. R. (2011, July). Towards a Full-Service Evolution Curriculum: Microevolution PLUS Macroevolution. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) first annual meeting. University of Minnesota.
  • Catley, K. M., (2011 April). College Student Challenges in Acquiring Tree-Thinking Skills. Association of Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting, Huntsville AL.
  • Catley, K. M., & Novick, L. R. (2011, April). Microevolution and Macroevolution: Ne’er the Twain Shall Meet? National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Phillips, B. C., Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2011, April). Is a Dolphin a Fish or a Mammal? The Influence of Folkbiological Beliefs on Children's Understanding of Evolutionary Diagrams. Society for Research in Child Development, Biennial Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
  • Phillips, B. C., Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2011, June). Form, function, and habitat: Similarity of responses among college students and primary school children to questions about evolutionary relatedness. 41st Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Berkeley CA. 
  • Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2010, August). The Role of Good Continuation in Understanding Ladder Cladograms: Implications for Education. The Sixth International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams, Portland, OR.
  • Phillips, B. C., Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2010, July). How High School Students Reason About the Tree of life: A developmental perspective. International Society of the Learning Sciences, 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences Chicago IL.
  • Catley, K. M. (2010 July). The little things that run the World: the role of arthropods in landscapes. Zahner Conservation Lecture Series. Highlands Nature Center, Highlands, NC.
  • Catley, K. M. (2010, July). Entomology for Gardeners. The Native Plant Conference, Cullowhee, NC.
  • Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2010, June). Including Characters on Cladograms Supports Student Understanding. Fifth Annual Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education Research Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Novick, L. R., Shade, C. K, & Catley, K. M. (2010, March). The effect of linear versus branching depictions of evolutionary history on students’ interpretations of evolution as an anagenic process. 2010 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Philadelphia, PA.
 

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