Kaitlin Stack Whitney
Kaitlin Stack Whitney
BS, Cornell University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Stack Whitney (she/her) is an assistant professor in the Science & Technology Studies department in the College of Liberal Arts. She leads the SWEET Collaborative (the Stack / Whitney Col(lab)orative of Entomology, Environment, and Technology), working with RIT undergraduate and graduate student collaborators, RIT faculty, as well as faculty and students at other universities and non-academics across North America. She is committed to participatory, intersectional, and feminist approaches to pressing environmental questions. https://www.rit.edu/sweetlab/
Her research is at the intersection of policy, animal studies, and ecosystem services - often, but not always, with insects as focal organisms. She uses a range of tools, ranging from museum specimens to observational fieldwork to coding big data. These approaches include methods from science (ecology and ecoinformatics) and science studies (feminist biology and modern environmental history).
Before coming to RIT, Dr. Stack Whitney worked for the nonprofit CNFA on the US Department of Agriculture's Farmer to Farmer Program in Eastern Europe and Washington DC, as well as the US Environmental Protection Agency Office of International & Tribal Affairs and Office of Pesticide Programs.
Dr. Stack Whitney has a professional and personal commitment to inclusive and accessible pedagogy, research, and outreach for learners of all ages. She works on issues of "open" scholarship - including researching and writing on ethical and institutional barriers to openness. She lives in a bilingual ASL/English household and continues to take ASL courses through NTID.
In the News
June 14, 2023
Where are the bugs? Some may say there's been less "buzzing" around town lately
WROC-TV talks to Kaitlin Stack Whitney, assistant professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, about how a mild winter and recent dry weather has impacted insects.
June 12, 2023
Exploring the complexities of using ladybugs as pest control
In an attempt to limit the use of chemical pesticides and promote native species on their land, some gardeners have begun purchasing ladybugs as a form of “natural” pest control. However, Assistant Professor Kaitlin Stack Whitney says that buying ladybugs online, as opposed to attracting them naturally, can cause more harm than good.
March 21, 2022
Environmental evolution: RIT part of the largest-ever study
WROC-TV talks to Kaitlin Stack Whitney, assistant professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, about her team's research on white clover.
July 18, 2023
Stack Whitney joins CITAP
April 28, 2023
Whitney publishes article
October 25, 2022
Stack Whitney publishes policy brief on hearing aid rule change
August 31, 2022
DeFelice presents poster on roadside habitat restoration