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SWEET Co(LAB)orative

The SWEET Col(LAB)orative is an environmental studies research group who often, but not always, use insects as a lens onto broader systems. 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. This work is interdisciplinary and done in community, with a wide range of collaborators across disciplines and institutions. 

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. Learn more here.

Latest News

  • May 17, 2024
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    new article published

    Congrats to Col(LAB) members Rodhy V and Maddie T on the publication of their article ("Most Public School Districts in Rochester, NY and Albany, NY Metro Regions Not Currently Composting to Manage Wasted Food") about school districts composting in NY! Read it here.

  • May 17, 2024
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    new article published

    Congratulations to Col(LAB) member Hannah DeFelice on her recently published article ("Understanding Electric Composting Machines as a Potential Household Food Waste Management Strategy") about electric composting machines - and how they compare to other composting methods! Read it here.

  • May 10, 2024
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    congrats, grads!

    All our well wishes and congratulations to the Col(LAB) members graduating with their Bachelors degrees this weekend! Congrats to Maddie T, Lauren W, Kas C, Kaitlyn C and Hannah D! We are so excited to cheer you onto your next adventures!

  • April 26, 2024
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    new presentation

    Dr. Stack Whitney recently presented ongoing collaborative research on school districts managing food waste, co-authored with Col(LAB) members Kas, Maddie T, Maddie H, Jordan J, Lauren W, and former Col(LAB) member Rodhy V, at the 2024 Local Government Lab symposium in Albany, NY. The annual event is hosted by the SUNY Rockefeller Institute for Government, a public policy think tank. 


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Environmental dimensions of transportation systems

We are interested in the interplay between policy, bureaucracy, and animals at landscape scales. Our focus is always in systems with human communities, currently with a focus on highways and roadside rights-of-way.

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Critical examinations of ecosystem services

Environmental science is a human endeavor, shaped by individual and institutional structures, processes, and biases. Part of my research program centers on understanding how these factors shape contemporary ecosystem service sciences.

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Ableism and accessibility in biology and society

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 and beyond.


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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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