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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

  • October 18, 2021
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    congrats to Josh on new job!

    Congratulations to lab alum, Joshua Greene (MS 2021), on accepting a new job as an environmental planner! Learn more about his graduate work here.

  • October 5, 2021
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    new grant awarded

    Dr. Stack Whitney is one of 7 RIT faculty and 40 researchers around the US that are part of the new Wasted Food Network, a $15 million dollar new project funded by the National Science Foundation. Learn more here and here.

  • September 22, 2021
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    Dr. Stack Whitney presents at Metascience2021

    Dr. Stack Whitney is presenting a lightning talk on accessibility in open science at the international Metascience 2021 conference Thursday (9/23) evening. More on the session here. More on the overall conference here.

  • September 22, 2021
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    Dr. Stack Whitney presents at ICOET 2021

    Dr. Stack Whitney is presenting at the ICOET (International Conference on Ecology and Transportation) 2021 conference. For a limited time, you can watch her captioned presentation here.  More on the conference 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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