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  • September 21, 2022
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    new blog post by Ariella

    Ariella Knight has published a new blog post for the RECIPES network, about her collaboration with Claire Corbasson this summer, using convergence methods to tackle wasted food. Learn more about Ariella's work here.

  • September 12, 2022
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    new presentation

    Col(LAB) members Ariella and Dr. Stack Whitney presented "Preventing and Reducing Wasted Food in Counties, Towns, and Villages—Case Studies from the Rochester and Albany Metro Regions" at the Locally Sourced: Municipal Green Policy Solutions event, hosted by SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government / SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, on Friday Sept 9. This presentation was co-authored with Claire, about ongoing research as part of the RECIPES convergence network. Learn more about the conference here and more about the RECIPES network here.

     

  • August 17, 2022
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    Hannah presents at ESA/CSEE

    Hannah presented her ongoing research on animal-related collisions associated with highway roadside restoration for pollinators at the joint Ecological Society of America / Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution on August 17 in Montreal, Quebec. Learn more about the meeting here.

  • August 13, 2022
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    Hannah presents research at DeafRoc

    Hannah, col(lab) member and current U-RISE research fellow, presented research in progress about roadside pollinator habitat and animal related vehicle collisions at the Deaf/HH Scientists Roc conference (DeafRoc), hosted by NTID and the University of Rochester on August 11 and 12 this week. Learn more about the event here. Learn more about U-RISE at RIT here.

  • 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.

  • May 13, 2022
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    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
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    congratulations, graduates!

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

  • April 19, 2022
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    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
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    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.

  • March 21, 2022
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    GLUE results and RIT team featured in WROC

    The RIT team, including Dr. Stack Whitney, that collaborated on the GLobal Urban Evolution (GLUE) project was featured in WROC local news. Read/watch it here.

  • March 17, 2022
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    new article published

    Dr. Stack Whitney and 5 RIT former students are co-authors on a new article published today, on the cover of Science, as part of the Global Urban Evolution Project led by Marc Johnson's lab at the University of Toronto. Learn more about the project here. Learn more about white clover here, from Dr. Stack Whitney's Plant Love Story piece. 

  • March 1, 2022
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    Josh interviewed for RIT reporter magazine

    ColLAB alum Joshua Greene (MS 2021, Environmental Science) was recently interviewed for the RIT Reporter magazine about their thesis research, for an article on redlining and greenlining in Rochester. Read it here - and read the open version of Josh's thesis here.

  • March 1, 2022
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    new article published

    MS graduate Alyssa Schoenfeldt (BS 2021, MS 2021 Environmental Science) and Dr. Stack Whitney have published a new article in Northeastern Naturalist, examining bumble bee abundance in highway roadside habitats, across a range of traffic and mowing levels. Read it here.

  • February 8, 2022
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    new grant awarded

    Dr. Stack Whitney was recently awarded a $92,239 2-year grant from the Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust, focused on assessing NY highway roadside management for pollinating insect habitat, with a focus on monarch butterflies. Learn more about the trust here.

  • 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.

  • October 18, 2021
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    congrats to Josh on new job!

    Congratulations to lab alum, Joshua Greene (MS 2021), on accepting a new job as an environmental planner! Learn more about his graduate work here.

  • October 5, 2021
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    new grant awarded

    Dr. Stack Whitney is one of 7 RIT faculty and 40 researchers around the US that are part of the new Wasted Food Network, a $15 million dollar new project funded by the National Science Foundation. Learn more here and here.

  • September 22, 2021
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    Dr. Stack Whitney presents at ICOET 2021

    Dr. Stack Whitney is presenting at the ICOET (International Conference on Ecology and Transportation) 2021 conference. For a limited time, you can watch her captioned presentation here.  More on the conference here.

  • September 22, 2021
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    Dr. Stack Whitney presents at Metascience2021

    Dr. Stack Whitney is presenting a lightning talk on accessibility in open science at the international Metascience 2021 conference Thursday (9/23) evening. More on the session here. More on the overall conference here.

  • April 2, 2021
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    new conference report available

    The write up of the 2019 EDSIN conference, Bringing Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion in Data Science to the Ecological and Environmental Sciences, is now available on QUBES. Dr. Stack Whitney is a co-author and presented at the conference. Read it here.

  • September 15, 2021
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    new dataset published

    Dr. Stack Whitney, in collaborator with participants in the EREN-NEON Flexible Learning Projects 'Backyard Beetles + Pollinators' project, has published a dataset of insect floral visitation. This dataset can be used for teaching or by other researchers. Explore it here - and learn more about the larger project here.

  • September 8, 2021
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    congrats to Amanda on her new job!

    Amanda has accepted and will soon start a new job as a Life Scientist for the EPA Region 1 Office, working on brownfield issues. Congrats, Amanda!

  • August 18, 2021
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    Dr. Stack Whitney selected as Nathan Public Policy Fellow

    Dr. Stack Whitney has been selected as a 2021 Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Fellow by the SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government. She will focus on US state environmental initiatives in roadsides. Read more on the fellows and their proposed work for 2021-2022 here.

  • August 18, 2021
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    new pre-print

    Josh Greene, recent MS alum, has a new pre-print up based on his thesis research: "Examining the associations between neighborhood socioeconomic status and the potential distribution of four urban ecosystem services in Rochester, NY."  Read it here.

  • August 13, 2021
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    new publication

    Dr. Stack Whitney has published an encyclopedia entry titled "Wild Bee Conservation in North American Roadside Rights of Way" for Imperiled: The Encyclopedia of Conservation. Read it here.


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    new blog post published

    Jay has published a new blog post on their ongoing summer research, as part of the larger NSF-funded EAGER project led by Dr. Christie Bahlai at Kent State University and Dr. Stack Whitney, focused on examining (in)accessibility as a barrier to reproducible science. Read it here.

  • July 1, 2021
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    new paper published

    Dr. Stack Whitney and colleagues from across the US have published a new paper "Examining cultural structures and functions in biology" in the journal Integrative & Comparative Biology. This work resulted from selection and participation in an NSF-workshop on integrating biology subfields - and this group focused on cultural and structural barriers to integrating biology. Read it here.

  • July 1, 2021
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    Dr. Stack Whitney presents at SEB

    Dr. Stack Whitney presented a poster as part of the Open Electronics session in the Society for Experimental Biology annual conference. An archived version of the poster is here.

  • June 29, 2021
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    new paper accepted

    Dr. Stack Whitney was part of the NEON Science Summit - which has led to a special issue forthcoming in Ecosphere. As part of that issue, she is part of a large team that has a now accepted article "Harnessing the NEON Data Revolution to Advance Open Environmental Science with a Diverse and Data-Capable Community."

  • June 22, 2021
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    new blog post

    Dr. Stack Whitney, as part of the NSF-funded EAGER with Dr. Christie Bahlai at Kent State University, has a new blog post up about one of their ongoing projects focused on understanding and unpacking claims about insect declines. Read it here.

  • June 16, 2021
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    new pre-print posted

    Dr. Stack Whitney, in collaboration with now-alumna Briana Burt Stringer, have just published a new pre-print analyzing whether the US state pollinator plans use best practices for evidence based policymaking. Read it here - and find the published open source dataset here.

  • June 9, 2021
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    Dr. Stack Whitney presents at SUNY forum

    Dr. Stack Whitney presented at the SUNY Rockefeller Institute for Government 'Local Government Lab' on "Evaluation of US state pollinator plans using 3 frameworks for evidence-based policymaking." Learn more about the event here. Presentations are captioned and will be archived online.

  • June 5, 2021
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    new paper published

    Dr. Stack Whitney and colleagues, led by Dr. Christine A. Bahlai at Kent State University, have a new paper published in Ecological Informatics. This article and associated methods tackle thorny issues about using short term ecological studies for long term inference. Read it here. 

  • May 28, 2021
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    article accepted

    Dr. Stack Whitney and colleagues from across the US have a forthcoming article ("The Broken Window: An algorithm for quantifying and characterizing misleading trajectories in ecological processes") in the journal Ecological Informatics. Led by Dr. Christie Bahlai at Kent State University, this work is part of an NSF-funded EAGER collaboration. Learn more about the project here.

  • May 12, 2021
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    congratulations, graduates!

    Many SWEET Col(LAB) members and former members are graduating this week! Congratulations to Virginia (BS 2021), Matthew (BS 2021), Jacob (BS 2021), Alyssa (BS 2021, MS 2021), Josh (MS 2021), Madison (BS 2021), and Amanda (MS 2021)!  You can watch the festivities remotely - more info here.

  • April 30, 2021
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    Alyssa successfully defends her MS thesis

    Congratulations to Alyssa for the successful defense of her MS thesis research on April 30, on the impacts of road traffic and roadside mowing on insect pollinator habitat quality and bumble bee abundance in New York highway roadsides. She will graduate with both her BS and MS degrees this month! 

  • April 26, 2021
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    congrats to Josh on passing his defense!

    Josh passed his oral and written thesis defense on Friday April 23. Congratulations to Josh on the successful defense and completion of his Masters degree requirements and research! He will walk in the Spring 2021 graduation ceremonies next month.

  • April 21, 2021
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    Josh defends thesis on Friday

    Josh is giving his public seminar on his Masters thesis research, titled "Examining the associations between neighborhood socioeconomic status and the potential distribution of four urban ecosystem services in Rochester, NY" on Zoom (meeting ID: 912 4139 1307, email for password) this Friday afternoon (April 23) at 12:30pm. 

  • April 15, 2021
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    Josh presents at STGlobal conference

    Josh presented some of his thesis findings to STGlobal conference, a national graduate student conference focused on science and technology policy and STS. Learn more about the STGlobal Consortium here and the 2021 presentations here.

  • April 12, 2021
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    Dr. Stack Whitney selected as Open@RIT fellow

    Dr. Stack Whitney has been selected as one of the inaugural class of fellows in Open@RIT. Learn more about Open@RIT here

  • April 9, 2021
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    Dr. Stack Whitney presents at APS symposium

    Dr. Stack Whitney presented "The Future of Science Is Accessible: "Access" in Citizen Science Must Include Disability Accessibility - Or, what citizen science can learn from feminist disability studies" as part of the American Philosophical Society's 'Promises and Pitfalls of Citizen Science' symposium April 5-9. Her slide deck and transcript with alt-text is here.

  • March 24, 2021
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    invited commentary published

    Dr. Stack Whitney and colleagues from Gallaudet and MIT have published an invited commentary on disability access and inclusion as a necessary part of intersectional DEI efforts at conferences and more broadly in sustainability. Read it here.

  • March 23, 2021
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    congrats to Jay on Baldwin scholarship!

    Congrats to Jay on winning the Baldwin scholarship through the RIT School of Life Sciences! Learn more about the awards and past winners here.

  • March 22, 2021
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    congrats to Amanda on summer research fellowship!

    Amanda Walker recently won a RIT College of Science Emerson summer 2021 research fellowship! This will support her independent research on her MS thesis, which is focused on youth environmental education curricula.

  • March 17, 2021
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    new pre-print posted

    Led by Aberg Family fellow in STS, Sarah Bacchus, several members of the col(lab) have a new pre-print up focused on understanding how forests and vegetation in the area around Rochester (Monroe County, NY) is changing. Read it here. Ongoing work by Sarah looks and whether these changes are associated with corresponding socioeconomic shifts.

  • March 8, 2021
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    new pre-print

    Work led by lab member and RISE research fellow Rowan Christie on how study design and sampling strategies for deer ticks, the Lyme disease vector for humans, shapes scientists' understanding of population trajectories. Read it here. 

     

  • March 2, 2021
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    Congrats to col(lab) alums!

    Congratulations to SWEET col(lab) alums Virginia Aswad and Matthew Madsen for winning their colleges' respective RIT Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Awards for 2020-2021! Read about all the winners here.

  • February 24, 2021
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    new research selected for symposium

    Dr. Stack Whitney's work has been accepted to be part of the American Philosophical Society's "Promises and Pitfalls of Citizen Science" symposium, April 5-9 2021 (free, public). Her paper and presentation are titled "The Future is Accessible: Access in Citizen Science Must Include Disability Accessibility." More on the symposium here.

  • January 19, 2021
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    Dr. Stack Whitney presents at TRB meeting

    Dr. Stack Whitney presents preliminary results from the ongoing highway roadside project at the virtual Transportation Research Board meeting, taking place across 2 weeks in January. You can see/read the results here.

  • January 12, 2021
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    new paper published

    Dr. Stack Whitney worked with a group of students in her spring 2020 Environment and Society course to write about how wildlife crossing design impacts different taxa in Banff National Park, Canada. It was just published in the January 2021 volume of Case Studies in the Environment. Read it here.

  • January 3, 2021
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    Alyssa presents at SICB

    Alyssa presents some of her thesis research this month at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology virtual conference, taking place from January 3 - February 28, 2021. Her poster is titled "Assessing road traffic and roadside mowing levels on pollinator habitat quality in highway roadsides" and can be viewed here.

  • December 21, 2020
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    new book review published

    Dr. Stack Whitney has an invited book review of Data Feminism by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein (MIT Press) in the winter 2021 American Scientist magazine. Read the review here.

  • December 3, 2020
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    new zine collection posted

    Students in Dr. Stack Whitney's environmental history course, 'Great Lakes' can choose to make zines as their final projects. Students who make their zines public have made them available for reading, downloading, and noncommercial use. See the updated collection here.

  • December 2, 2020
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    new paper published

    Dr. Stack Whitney and Dr. Whitney co-authored a new paper just published today in the Journal of Children and Media. It was competitively selected as part of a special issue on 'The Clarity of Crisis,' focused on how COVID-19 is impacting children. Read it here.

  • November 24, 2020
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    new pre-print

    Dr. Stack Whitney has a new pre-print with the Open Life Sciences team focused on access and inclusion for collaborative team calls. Read it here: https://osf.io/k3bfn/

  • 11/03/2020
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    Graduate showcase

    Josh and Alyssa will be presenting their ongoing thesis research in the RIT graduate showcase Nov 16 - 20. Their presentations will be accessible by registering here. 

    Alyssa's research looks at the potential synergistic impacts of traffic and mowing on bees in highway roadsides. Josh's research examines the association between socioeconomic status and urban ecosystem service supply in Rochester neighborhoods. 

  • 11/03/2020
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    New research poster

    Joshua Greene (MS expected May 2021) shares his thesis research results, examining the association between socioeconomic status past (e.g. redlining) and present (e.g. segregation, income) on ecosystem service supply in neighborhoods in Rochester. View the poster here.

  • 10/29/2020
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    new pre-print up

    Dr. Stack Whitney has a new pre-print up examining how three local seed mixes may potentially contribute to pollinating insect conservation in western NY.

  • September 17, 2020
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    Backyard Beetles + Pollinators Open Research and Teaching Modules​​​​​​​

    As a PI on an ongoing NSF-funded research project to make flexible experiential learning for a range of learners and course formats during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Stack Whitney has developed and published a new collaborative and open course-based undergraduate research module. Learn more here.

  • 09/15/2020
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    New course based research module

    Dr. Stack Whitney published a new open, course-based undergraduate research teaching module. Students observe insect pollinators and other floral visitors in their backyards, or campus, or nearby natural areas to describe plant-pollinator networks and assess how the assemblages from their sites compare to those in a range of landscapes. Learn more here. 

  • August 18, 2020
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    Backyard Beetles + Pollinators: EREN-NEON Flexible Learning Project

    Learn more about the project and open educational materials here.

  • July 2020
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    New Preprint

    New pre-print up on the NSF EAGER 'Managing Our Expectations' collaborative work with the Kent State University Bahlai lab!  Check it out here and learn more about the project here.

  • October 29, 2019
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    Bee-Friendly Companies Are Getting the Science of the Crisis Completely Wrong

    OneZero talks to Kaitlin Stack Whitney, assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, about the effect of corporations' efforts to protect honeybee populations. More >

Col(LAB)orative News
Fall 2020 - 
  • Dr. Stack Whitney was interviewed by Science magazine about research during COVID-19. Read it here
  • Dr. Stack Whitney launched a new OER course-based research project (anyone can collaborate/join!) as part of the NEON / EREN Flexible Learning Projects.  View the module here.
Summer 2020 -
  • Alyssa has a presentation about some of her research in the RIT undergraduate research symposium. It's up for one week and can be viewed here.
  • Rowan has a poster, with Dr. Stack Whitney and Kent State collaborators, at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting. Check out the poster here and text version with image descriptions here
  • NSF just awarded Dr. Stack Whitney and colleagues a grant to develop open, course based undergraduate research for ecology and environmental science courses around the country to support learners during the COVID19 pandemic. Learn more about the project here - and stay tuned for the new project Dr. Stack Whitney is leading within it! Here's a sneak peek recruiting video.
  • New pre-print up on the NSF 'Managing Our Expectations' EAGER collaborative work with the Kent State University Bahlai lab!  Check it out here
  • Dr. Stack Whitney has a post up about roadside white clover over on Plant Love StoriesRead it here
  • Dr. Stack Whitney was interviewed for the RIT Reporter about data privacy. Read it here
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