Carol A. Butler, Ph.D.


Carol A. Butler was born and educated in New York City. She graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, Queens College, and New York University where she received her Masters and Doctoral degrees. She has a private practice in Manhattan of psychotherapy for individuals and couples, mediation of divorces, business and family disputes, and divorce coaching. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor in NYU's Department of Applied Psychology and is a N.Y. State licensed Psychoanalyst. She has advanced training in mediation, arbitration, supervision, and the treatment of sexual dysfunctions and addictive disorders. Her first book was about divorce mediation.

She became interested in butterflies in 2004, and has volunteered since then as a docent at the American Museum of Natural History's live butterfly exhibit. That interest led to co-authoring the book about butterflies, followed by her ongoing series of books about animals. Photography has been a long-standing hobby, and she had her first show of butterfly photographs in 2004.

She is active in both worlds, as an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, the American Psychological Association, and the New York Academy of Sciences, as well as the Lepidopterists’ Society, Bat Conservation International, and other international, state, and local organizations.

Do Butterflies Bite?, published in 2008 by Rutgers University Press, was the first in the Q&A natural science series, followed by Do Bats Drink Blood? (2009), Why Do Bees Buzz? (2010), Do Humminngbirds Hum? (2010), and How Fast Can a Falcon Dive? (2011). She also co-authored Salt Marshes: A Natural and Unnatural History (2009) for Rutgers, and Knowing Horses (2012) for Storey Press. She is presently at work on several new projects.

Selelcted Works

Magazine Articles
An account of the author's trip to a Mexican mountain top to see the monarchs' roosting at the end of their southern migration.
A photo essay about the Black Skimmer and the need to protect it from extinction.
For both devoted equestrians and non-riders, this book addresses temperament, abilities, physiology, diet, behaviour, and the deep, long-standing relationship between horses and humans. It explores the mind of the horse and demystifies the animal's quirks and idiosyncrasies.
Explores the world of birds of prey in a way that will appeal to bird lovers and biology enthusiasts alike.
Answers questions about the mysterious “colony collapse disorder” that has affected honey bee populations, as well as other captivating topics, such as their complex, highly social lives, and how other species of bees are unique and different from honey bees.
This engaging question and answer guide offers readers a wide range of information about these glorious pollinators as well as tips for attracting, photographing, and observing hummingbirds in the wild or in captivity.
An effectively organized and clearly written exploration of the world of bats and their relationship to people.
A wide-ranging, nontechnical discussion of the ecology of salt marshes, their history, and their inhabitants for readers at any level.
An informative, comprehensive book that is appealing to butterfly and moth enthusiasts of all ages.
An accessible question-and-answer guide for anyone considering separation or divorce.