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Whitney Lab’s Leslie Babonis, Mark Martindale and Joseph Ryan Publish Paper in BioMed Central

Congratulations to Whitney Lab’s Leslie Babonis, postdoctoral research associate, Mark Martindale, Whitney Lab director and professor, and Joseph Ryan, assistant professor of biology, for publishing a paper in BioMed Central titled Do novel genes drive morphological novelty? An investigation of the nematosomes in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. Background The evolution of novel genes is thought to be…

Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller joins the Martindale Lab

Welcome to Whitney Laboratory, Nicole! Nicole is a senior microbiology major at the University of Florida with a passion for the ocean, science, and surfing. She plans to attend graduate school in pursuit of a degree in biomedical science. Ultimately, her goal is to attain a Ph.D. and conduct research for academia or industry. Throughout…


Whitney Lab’s Mark Martindale, David Simmons and Barbara-Anne Battelle Contribute to “Structure and Evolution of Invertebrate Nervous Systems”

In a recently published comprehensive volume on the “Structure and Evolution of Invertebrate Nervous Systems” by Oxford University Press, Whitney Laboratory’s Mark Martindale and David Simmons contributed a chapter on Ctenophora. Also, Barbara-Anne Battelle, together with two co-authors from Germany, contributed a chapter on Xiphosaura (horseshoe crabs). Congratulations!


University of Florida News Features Research by Whitney Lab’s Otar Akanyeti & James Liao

To save energy, fish use their heads Scientists used to think a fish’s head motions were just a byproduct of swimming. Using 3-D printed fish, University of Florida scientists Otar Akanyeti, James Liao and collaborators at Harvard showed that head motion can make a fish’s movement and respiration more efficient. The Nature Communications study sheds…

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An important part of the Mission of the Whitney Laboratory is to provide lifelong learning opportunities to serve as an integral part of the surrounding community. Science education efforts at the lab are focused on school age children, to university levels, to post doctoral research training. More