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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

  • December 16, 2022
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    new presentation

    Dr. Stack Whitney was an invited panelist for the Rights of Way as Habitat Working Group recent Research Roundtable on habitat management on December 7, presenting on the ongoing experimental highway roadside work across the state, which is supported by grants from UTRC and the deCoizart foundation. Watch it here.

  • December 5, 2022
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    new preprint posted

    Dr. Stack Whitney, in collaboration with coauthors from Kent State University, has just published a new preprint explaining the results of their examination of how "open access" journals incorporate disability accessibility. They found most "open" journals are not including best known accessibility considerations for multimodal representation of information. Read the whole pre-print here. Learn more about the broader project, on barriers to reproducible science and knowledge, here.

  • November 18, 2022
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    new article published

    Dr. Stack Whitney and many co-authors just published the article 'People, infrastructure, and data: A pathway to an inclusive and diverse ecological network of networks' in Ecosphere. This work emerged out of the 2019 NEON (National Ecological Observation Network) science summit, and explores how a network of networks may bring people and data together to learn more about the environment. Dr. Stack Whitney's contributions focused on accessibility and inclusion. Read it here.

  • November 8, 2022
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    new article published

    Dr. Stack Whitney reviewed the recent book Turn on the Words!: Deaf Audiences, Captions, and the Long Struggle for Access by Dr. Harry Lang, emeritus professor of RIT/NTID for the journal Disability and Society. It's about the critical role of deaf professionals and grassroots advocates in the history of captioned media in the US. Read the review 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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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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