Kefyn M. Catley

Department of Biology
Professor; Secondary Science Education Program Coordinator; 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 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

Publications & Presentations:

Books

Book Chapters

  • Catley, K. M., Novick, L. R., & Funk, D. J. (in press). The Promise and Challenges of Introducing Tree Thinking into Evolution Education. To appear in K. Rosengren, E. M. Evans, S. Brem, & G. Sinatra (Eds.), Evolution Challenges: Integrating Research and Practice in Teaching and Learning about Evolution. Oxford University Press.
  • Catley, K. M. (2001). Global warming, loss of habitat, and pollution. In: Novacek M. J. (Ed.) Biodiversity – losing what counts (pp. 99-103). New Press, New York. American Museum of Natural History.

Commissioned papers

  • 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

Articles in refereed journals

  • Novick, L. R., Shade, C. K., & Catley, K. M. (in press). Linear Versus Branching Depictions of Evolutionary History: Implications for Design. Topics in Cognitive Science.
  • 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.
  • Novick, L. R., Catley, K. M., & Funk, D. J. (in press). Inference is Bliss: Using Evolutionary Relationship to Guide Inferences About Biological Categories. Cognitive Science.
  • Catley, K. M., & Novick, L. R. (2009). Digging deep: Exploring College Students’ Knowledge of Macroevolutionary Time. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 4(3): 311-332.
  • Johnson, E. A. and Catley, K. M. (2009). Urban soil ecology as a focal point for environmental education. Urban Ecosystems 12: 79-93.
  • Catley, K. M., & Novick, L. R. (2008). Seeing the Wood for the Trees: An Analysis of Evolutionary Diagrams in Biology Textbooks.  BioScience 58(10): 976-987.
    http://www.bioone.org/perlserv/?request=get-abstract&doi=10.1641%2FB581011
  • Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2007). Understanding phylogenies in biology: The influence of a Gestalt perceptual principle. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. 13: 197-223.
  • Catley, K. M. (2006). Darwin’s missing link: a new paradigm for evolution education. Science Education. 90 (5): 767-783.
     http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/32122
  • Jennings. D.T., Catley, K. M. & Graham, F. (2002). Linyphia triangularis, a Palearctic spider (Araneae: Linyphiidae) new to North America. Journal of Arachnology 30: 455-460.  http://www.americanarachnology.org/JoA_tocs/JOA_contents_v30n3.html
  • Catley, K. M. (2002). In: Scientists and K-12 education: Making the connection NEMA panel discussion. Journal of Marine Education. 18, 1 6-7.
  • Catley, K. M. (1994). Descriptions of new species of Hypochilus from New Mexico and California with a cladistic analysis of the Hypochilidae (Araneae). American Museum Novitates 3088. 27 pp. http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/dspace/handle/2246/4985
  • Catley, K. M. (1993). Courtship, mating and post-oviposition behavior of Hypochilus pococki Platnick (Araneae, Hypochilidae). Proceedings XII International Congress of Arachnology. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 33 (2): 469-474.
  • Eberhard, W.G., Guzman-Gomez, S. & Catley, K. M. (1993).  Correlation between spermathecal morphology and mating systems in spiders. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 50: 197-209.
  • Catley, K. M. (1992). Super-cooling and its ecological implications in Coelotes atropos (Araneae, Agelenidae). Journal of Arachnology 20: 58-63.  http://www.americanarachnology.org/JoA_tocs/JOA_contents_v20n1.html

 

Book Reviews

  • Catley, K. M. (2011). Critical Competence: A review of “Teaching Environmental Literacy: Across Campus and Across the Curriculum.”  BioScience 61: 8, 642-643.
  • Catley, K. M. (2010). A review of “Darwin’s Universe: Evolution from A–Z.” American Journal of Human Biology 22: 426-427
  • Catley, K. M. (2006). Evolution vs. Creationism; An Introduction.  Science Education, 90 (4), 764-766. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jissue/112638980http://www.ncseweb.org/evc/

Invited presentations (recent)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Catley, K. M., Novick, L. R., & Shade, C. (2009, April). Reinforcing macroevolutionary misconceptions: Students’ interpretations of textbook diagrams. 2009 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Anaheim, CA.
  • Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2009, July). Inference is bliss: Using evolutionary relationship to guide inferences about biological categories. Thirty-first Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Novick, L. R., Catley, K. M., & Funk, D. J. (2009, June). Inference is bliss: Using evolutionary relationship to guide inferences about biological categories. Fourth Annual Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education Research Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2009, April). Understanding the tree of life: Effects of biology background and cladogram format on tree thinking. 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, 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.
  • 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.
  • Catley, K. M. (2009).  Introducing Tree Thinking into the Classroom: Textbooks, Topologies and Deep Time. Paul Burton Seminar Series, Western Carolina University.
  • Novick, L. R., Catley, K. M., & Funk. D. J. (2009). Inference is Bliss: Using Evolutionary Relationships to Guide Inferences about Biological Categories. Institute for Education Sciences, Fourth Annual IES Research Conference Washington DC.
  • Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2009, July). Inference is bliss: Using evolutionary relationship to guide inferences about biological categories. Thirty-first Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Catley, K. M., Novick, L. R., & Shade, C. K. (2009, April). Reinforcing Macroevolutionary Misconceptions: Students’ Interpretations of Textbook Diagrams.  National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference, Garden Grove, CA.
  • Novick, L. R.,  & Catley, K. M. (2009). Understanding the Tree of Life: The Effects of Biology Background and Cladogram Format on Tree Thinking. American Educational Research Association, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Novick, L. R., & Catley, K. M. (2008, November). Understanding the tree of life: Reasoning from evolutionary hierarchies. Forty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL.
  • Catley, K. M., & Novick, L. R. (2008). Seeing the Wood for the Trees: An Analysis of Evolutionary Diagrams in Biology Textbooks.  National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference, Baltimore.
  • Novick, L. R.,  & Catley, K. M. (2008). Assessing Students’ Understanding of Cladograms. National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference, Baltimore.
  • Morabito, N., Catley, K. M., & Novick, L. R. (2008). Lizards, Eggs, and Homoplasy: The Effect of Prior Knowledge on Students’ Understanding of Most Recent Common Ancestry. National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference, Baltimore.
 

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