Dr. William Patrick McCafferty

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Dr. William Patrick McCafferty

is a native of Murray, Utah, who graduated from Dixie College in 1965. While at Dixie College he served on the Associated Men Students Council, was President of the X-Club, was selected as the Outstanding Biology Student, and graduated with honors. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Utah in 1967 and 1969, respectively, and returned to Dixie College as Assistant Professor of Biology from 1970-71. In 1971 he received his Doctor of Entomology Degree from the University of Georgia. From 1971-2011 he was employed as Professor of Entomology & Director of the Entomological Research Collections at Purdue University.

McCafferty has published over 400 scientific articles and monographs on the taxonomy and ecology of aquatic insects. As an internationally known aquatic entomologist, he has regularly acted as a freshwater environmental consultant to both government and private agencies. McCafferty has published three books; his first, Aquatic Entomology, defines the sub-discipline of aquatic entomology and its applications, and through the integration of science and sport, has fostered scientific angling for the catching of trout by fly fishermen. McCafferty has authored the description of 312 new species and the comprehensive understanding of approximately 800 mayfly species. He and his wife Nadine are the parents of three children and have eight grandchildren.