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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.