BIO: Kefyn M. Catley, PhD
Kefyn M. Catley is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Western Carolina University where he taught and
conducted research in organismal evolutionary biology and science education. He holds a PhD in
arthropod systematics from Cornell and was a research scientist at the American Museum of Natural
History, New York, NY. Traveling extensively, he has studied spiders on four continents and held
faculty positions at Rutgers and Vanderbilt universities. A naturalist, passionate photographer, and
lifelong observer of the tiny creatures “that run the world”, Kefyn gives talks and workshops at
photographic, gardening and natural history societies to increase awareness of the role of arthropods in
the biosphere. His research has been published extensively in a wide range of scientific journals and his
photographs have been exhibited in galleries, appeared in magazines, and online.
Kefyn’s presentation provides a unique opportunity to learn more about insect and spider biology using
images as a point of entry into the engrossing world of arthropods. It focuses on the intersection of art
and science as exemplified by the task of making successful photographs of insects and other
arthropods in the field. The aim is to share knowledge, techniques and skills that produce images that
are rewarding works of art but also pieces of scientific data that can be shared as citizen scientists online.
Join us on March 22 for what promises to be an interesting and educational seminar.
Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,