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Assistant Professor of Citizen and Data Science, University of Arizona

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.

Katy is presently an Assistant Professor at University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and co-directior eButterfly, a citizen science project focused on butterflies and climate change.


  • –present
    Research Scientist, Oregon State University