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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

  • August 2, 2022
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    congrats to Claire and Hannah!

    Congratulations to Claire and Hannah, who presented their summer research at the RIT Undergraduate Research Symposium on July 28, 2022. More on the URS session here.

  • July 15, 2022
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    new public scholarship published

    Seth Jones (2022 RIT graduate and colLAB alum) just published his oral history collection, resulting from his STS Aberg Family Fellowship with Dr. Stack Whitney as his mentor. Seth collected oral histories of Great Lakes marathon swimmers. Listen to and/or read the oral history collection here.

  • May 26, 2022
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    new podcast episode

    Dr. Stack Whitney, as part of her ongoing Nathan Public Policy fellowship through the Rockefeller Institute of Government, was recently interviewed for the Policy Outsider podcast. Listen and/or read the transcript here.

  • May 17, 2022
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    new article published

    Col(LAB)orative member Seth Jones, currently the RIT STS Department Aberg family fellow, has recently published a piece in Arcadia. Read it here.


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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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Join the SWEET Col(LAB)orative

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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