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SWEET Co(LAB)orative

The SWEET Col(LAB)orative is an environmental studies research group. We use a range of quantitative and qualitative tools to study science and society. Global environmental problems necessitate a diverse group of minds, bodies, and lives coming together to imagine (and then achieve!) conserving and sustaining natural and human communities in ethical ways. 

We do this while also working to: create space to be our full(er) selves, address positionality and power in our research and teams, do "open" research without extraction. 

We are located on unceded Seneca Nations (Onöndowa'ga) lands.

Latest News

  • January 19, 2021
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    Dr. Stack Whitney presents at TRB meeting

    Dr. Stack Whitney presents preliminary results from the ongoing highway roadside project at the virtual Transportation Research Board meeting, taking place across 2 weeks in January. You can see/read the results here.

  • January 12, 2021
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    new paper published

    Dr. Stack Whitney worked with a group of students in her spring 2020 Environment and Society course to write about how wildlife crossing design impacts different taxa in Banff National Park, Canada. It was just published in the January 2021 volume of Case Studies in the Environment. Read it here.

  • January 3, 2021
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    Alyssa presents at SICB

    Alyssa presents some of her thesis research this month at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology virtual conference, taking place from January 3 - February 28, 2021. Her poster is titled "Assessing road traffic and roadside mowing levels on pollinator habitat quality in highway roadsides" and can be viewed here.

  • December 21, 2020
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    new book review published

    Dr. Stack Whitney has an invited book review of Data Feminism by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein (MIT Press) in the winter 2021 American Scientist magazine. Read the review here.


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Environmental Policy and Ecosystem Health

We are interested in the interplay between policy, bureaucracy, and animals at landscape scales. Our focus is always in systems with human communities, and often with a lens onto how environmental outcomes shape human health.

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Feminist Biology

Biology is a human endeavor, shaped by individual and institutional biases. This includes sexism and gender bias.  Feminist biology is an approach to biology that explicitly acknowledges these historic and current biases at the micro- and macro-levels, from the naming of species, to prize awarding, to study methods.

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Open and Accessible Scholarship

In fieldwork and informatics based work, SWEET is committed to inclusion, accessibility, and reproducibility. In particular, we focus on disability access and inclusion (or lack thereof) in open science.


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Dr. Kaitlin Stack Whitney
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Dr. Kristoffer Whitney
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Undergraduate students

Students of all majors and years are welcome to explore research opportunities in the lab. We welcome curious, collaborative, and enthusiastic learners and leaders - no discipline-specific experience or expertise is required! 

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