Kaitlin Stack Whitney


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  • Organization
    Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    insect ecology, landscape ecology, pollination, working landscapes, entomology, climate change, integrated pest management, agriculture

  • Profile Question 1
    What was the first science experiment you ever designed? How did it turn out?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    The first science experiment I ever designed was in a summer marine biology class in middle school. It was a mark-recapture study of snails in an estuary. It went TERRIBLY. My partner and I painted the shells of 400 snails and released them. We captured ZERO back the next day - which meant we couldn't use the mark-recapture method to estimate how many lived in the estuary. But a failed experiment doesn't mean we didn't learn anything!

  • Profile Question 2
    Can you describe your attitude toward science when you were in high school?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    I was very interested in lots of subjects in high school - it's okay not to have a linear path or a 'set' interest in high school (or college or grad school!). I enjoyed organismal biology the most - learning about plants and animals - but it wasn't clear that you could have a career studying plants or animals. I hadn't met anyone who did that - many of the scientists in the area I lived were chemists.

  • Profile Question 3
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    There wasn't one moment - I don't think most people can point to one, if they're being honest, and it's always easier in hindsight. There are many small moments and steps - classes you take and like, teachers you have that encourage you, mentors whose work you enjoy and support you.

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • In addition to English, I am comfortable communicating with students in the following languages:
    (not set)

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

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