Kathleen L Prudic

Kathleen L Prudic

Assistant Professor, Citizen and Data Science
Member of the General Faculty
Member of the Graduate Faculty

Work Summary

Kathleen 'Katy' Prudic PhD is an ecologist and entomologist interested in discovering how environmental changes impact wild pollinators and what we can do to help them survive in a quickly changing world.

Research Interest

Prof. Katy Prudic, PhD has a passion for wild pollinators, especially butterflies. She is co-director of eButterfly, an online community science platform that harnesses the observations of thousands of butterfly enthusiasts North America. She combines this butterfly observational data with various sensor and satellite data to unravel a bit how climate change is impacting butterfly survival, reproduction, and plant affiliations. Her research encompasses precision conservation, human-computer networks, and data science. Her discoveries have been published in as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy, Proceedings of the Royal Society B and Behavioral Ecology and covered by Associated Press, BBC, CBC, National Geographic, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She teaches Sustainable Earth (RNR 150) online, Data in the Wild (WFSC 221) and R Programming in Ecology (RNR 620) for the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at University of Arizona.