Cornell University
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
E409 Corson Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Lab Phone: 607-254-4270 Fax: 607-255-8088

Statement on Systemic Inequity in Academia

Racial and socioeconomic inequity are prevalent in academia, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. As such, the Sparks Lab is working to cultivate and sustain an antiracist and inclusive environment to mentor and train one another as antiracist scientists. Our current and ongoing goals include: 

(1) Regularly collaborate with underrepresented researchers in ecology and evolutionary biology, especially those who identify as Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC);

(2) Read, cite, and promote work led by BIPOC scientists;

(3) Actively recruit BIPOC graduate students to join our lab, and support their professional development and emotional well being while here;

(4) Encourage recruitment and sustained professional support for BIPOC faculty in our department.

Lab Pic 2024
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Sparks Lab 2024

Front row: Dave Frey, Charlotte Tysall, Jed Sparks, Ben Uveges, Camille Blevins

Back row: Kim Sparks, Hannah Monti, Lucas Fink, Dan Petticord, Sudan Kariuki, John Pollack, Allasandra Valdez

Sparks Lab 2020

Lab members (left to right): Dan Petticord, Lizzie Lombardi,  Jed Sparks, Kim Sparks, John Pollack, Kelsey Jensen

Sparks Lab 2018

Back row: Kelsey Jensen, John Pollak, Dr. Fiona Soper, Kim Sparks, Dr. Jed Sparks

Front row: Sudan Kariuki, Ellie Goud

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Sparks Lab 2017

Front row: Dr. Jed Sparks, Ben Johnson, Kelsey Jensen, Ellie Goud.

Back row: Lizzie Lombardi, Adam MacDonald, John Pollak, Kimberlee Sparks, Melly He.