Home Page

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 13, 2022
    decorative image of a highway roadside
    new blog post published

    As part of her ongoing Richard P. Nathan public policy fellowship for the Rockefeller Institute of Government, Dr. Stack Whitney has a new analysis and blog post published on the many potential innovative uses of state highway roadside right-of-ways (ROWs). Read it here

  • May 6, 2022
    decorative image of the RIT tiger logo - tiger looks fierce and is roaring
    congratulations, graduates!

    Several student collaborators are graduating this week! Congratulations to Thomas Murphy, Seth Jones, and Alexandra Bros!

  • April 19, 2022
    decorative image of logo of the Second Annual Global Humanities Conference PostCOVID19 and the Human Spirit
    Seth presents at RIT Global Humanities Conference

    2022 Aberg Fellow Seth Jones presented his ongoing fellowship research, a project collecting oral histories of Great Lakes marathon swimmers, to the second annual Global Humanities Conference hosted by RIT. More on the conference here.

  • April 14, 2022
    decorative image of infinity symbol
    workshop participation

    Dr. Stack Whitney was competitively selected to participate in the National Science Foundation workshop "Using the Rules of Life to Address Societal Challenges," focused on Stewarding an Integrated Biodiversity-Climate System.  Learn more about the NSF Rules of Life program and workshops here.


Photo of research team in field
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.

A deer
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.

Logo of open educational resources
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.


head shot of Dr. Kaitlin Stack Whitney
Dr. Kaitlin Stack Whitney
Close head shot of Dr. Kristoffer Whitney
Dr. Kristoffer Whitney
Close up of plant leaves

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! 

Learn More >