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New Moroz Lab News Videos!


We have added a new page of the news coverage of the exciting and cutting edge work of Leonid Moroz and his Whitney Laboratory Team of postdoctoral associates, graduate students, bioinformaticians and biologists! View new videos here of the comb jelly evolutionary work and lab at sea!

REU Reunion Speaker- Meghan Mott- July 11th, 11 am

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This year’s returning REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate) speaker is Meghan Mott (REU class of  2005). You can find Meghan’s profile at: Briefly, Meghan completed undergraduate work at the University of Chicago, received a PhD in Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and did postdoctoral work at the…

Evenings at Whitney Fall Schedule Released!


Whitney’s free public monthly lecture series will have some exciting speakers from all over the country this year! Join us to hear about the history of Florida’s wooden trawlers, bioluminescence, our cells and coral reefs! Our speakers bring cutting edge science of interest to our supporters and friends.  There is no reservation required, and lectures…

Sea Turtle Hospital Groundbreaking Saturday Sept. 6th !!

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We hope you can join us!!  See the article in the The St. Augustine Record by following this link   The Whitney Laboratory will be holding a groundbreaking to kick off the Sea Turtle Hospital on Saturday, September 6th at 10:30 AM. Whitney Laboratory 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 There will be…

Thank you for the Carolina Skiff!

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Mr. and Mrs. McCleery kindly donated their Carolina Skiff to help us do more estuarine and field research in the Matanzas River Basin.  Pictured are Carol McCleery, and Richard McCleery, who donated the vessel, and from the Lab: Dr. Jimmy Liao, and Adam Pacetti, Lab Facilities Management. The boat will be primarily utilized by Dr….

Welcome Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program


The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars will be at the Whitney Laboratory for a month working on some exciting ecological research projects.    The scholars recently spent time at our other laboratory partner, Sea Horse Key Marine Lab. Here at Whitney they will be working on an “Ocean to Estuary” Project  which will consist of: GPS mapping areas of a close…

Whitney Comb Jelly Study Shakes Evolutionary Roots


An international team led by new Whitney Lab faculty Joseph Ryan, recently published a study analyzing the genome of a comb jelly in Science. The work, which was also contributed to by director of the the Whitney Lab, Mark Martindale and his graduate student David Simmons, challenges long held beliefs about the early evolution of…

An Evening of Song and Story June 28th- Gamble Rogers Folk Festival

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There will be a fantastic concert at the Lohman auditorium of the Whitney Lab (9505 Ocean Shore Blvd in Marineland township) on Saturday June 28th. The concert is billed as “an Evening of Song and Story” and features two of the very best singer/songwriter/story tellers of the South East, Bob Patterson ( and Michael Reno…

Welcome Dr. Jacob Johansen

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  Jacob Johansen has joined the Liao Lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, where he aims to investigate the interactions between physiological performance, biomechanics, behavioral ecology and species distributions. Physiology (e.g. respiratory performance, lateral line function) and swimming biomechanics are critical for the ability of a species to interact with its environment, and the resilience…

Welcome Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Students!


Whitney is gearing up for its 28th year of intensive research experience for undergraduates from all over the country. Students are here this year from Young Harris College, Daytona State College, University of Florida, North Carolina A &T State University, University of Vermont, Lincoln University, University of Houston, and Viterbro University. Whitney’s program is funded through the…