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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

  • January 11, 2022
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    welcome to Seth!

    Seth Jones was recently awarded the 2022 Aberg Family Fellowship in Science, Technology and Society! Congratulations to Seth. He'll be using his fellowship to conduct environmental history research on open water swimming in the Great Lakes, supervised by Dr. Stack Whitney. Learn more about the Aberg fellowship here.

  • January 5, 2022
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    new article published

    Dr. Stack Whitney, with collaborators led by Dr. Jessica Burnett, recently published a new article, "Ten Simple Rules for Creating a Scientific Web Application" in PLOS Computational Biology. Read it here

  • December 20, 2021
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    new article published

    Dr. Stack Whitney is one of ~90 authors of a new article, Harnessing the NEON data revolution to advance open environmental science with a diverse and data-capable community, in the journal Ecosphere. This work comes out of the NEON Science Summit back in 2019, which Dr. Stack Whitney was competitively selected to attend. Read it here. More articles should be coming out in the special feature soon.

  • November 28, 2021
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    new article accepted

    Dr. Stack Whitney, along with collaborators across the US in the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN) and National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), have a new article forthcoming in the winter issue Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America on their flexible learning modules using NEON data, designed for in person, remote, or hy-flex learners. Learn more about the modules 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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