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Dr. Leonid Moroz and His Team Published Nature Ecology & Evolution Paper

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Congratulations to University of Florida Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Genetics, Biology and Chemistry Leonid Moroz, members of his lab (Peter Williams, Tatiana P. Moroz, Krishanu Mukherjee) and Gustav Pauley from Florida Museum of Natural History for their recent breakthrough paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution titled Ctenophore relationships and their placement as the sister group…

Sea Turtle Hospital Featured in Pelican Post

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The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab was featured in the Pelican Post‘s Fall 2017 issue. The article shared information about the hospital’s focus on rehabilitation, research and education. The article also talked about the achievements of the hospital in 2017. Read the full article, which starts on page 16, by clicking on the below…

You’re Invited to Whitney on the River on Oct. 26

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An Evening Overlooking the St. Johns River Please join us for an evening of marine science, hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and the beautiful St. Johns River. Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:30-7:30 p.m. St. Johns River Center 102 North 1st Street Palatka, Florida 32177 RSVP 386-329-0271 Tickets are $50 per person. Your Host Committee for…

Under the Sea Soiree on Sept. 23


Under the Sea Soiree Fundraiser: Celebrate Biodiversity with the Whitney Lab! Thank you so much for supporting the Lab at the Under the Sea Soiree! We raised over $16,000 and had $9,000 worth of donated items for the auction. We especially appreciate all of our sponsors who came through to support our community outreach programs…

Dr. Leslie Babonis and Dr. Mark Martindale have New Paper in EvoDevo


Congratulations to Whitney Laboratory’s Dr. Leslie Babonis, postdoctoral research associate, and Dr. Mark Martindale, director, for their recent publication in “EvoDevo” about their work involving the starlet sea anemone. The publication is titled “PaxA, but not PaxC, is required for cnidocyte development in the sea anemone.” “Seeing those data published is so rewarding,” said Dr….

Dr. Elaine Seaver has New Paper in Canadian Journal of Zoology

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Congratulations to Dr. Elaine Seaver, who has a new paper published online in the “Canadian Journal of Zoology.” The paper is a review that arose from an invitation for Dr. Seaver to speak at a symposium called “Spineless tales: development and evolution of invertebrates” co-sponsored by the Canadian Society of Zoologists and Canadian Science Publishing….

Rescheduled to June 14, 2018 – Evenings at Whitney: Sharks and Rays on the Brink – Half a Billion Years of Innovation Under Threat


Due to Hurricane Irma, this lecture has been rescheduled from Sept. 14, 2017, to June 14, 2018. This lecture will now be part of the 2018 Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series.  The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory with the program titled “Sharks and Rays on the Brink…

Congratulations to Stephanie Neal, REU Poster Contest Winner!

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Congratulations to Stephanie Neal for being selected as the 2017 Whitney Laboratory REU Program’s poster contest winner. The title of Stephanie’s winning poster is Functional investigation of opsin in Capitella teleta. Stephanie worked with Elaine Seaver, professor of biology at Whitney Laboratory, this summer during the program. Stephanie attends the University of Miami where she is majoring…