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Welcome Leah LaPlaca, Wetland and Aquatic Science Masters Student

Leah LaPlaca

Leah is a Masters student specializing in wetland and aquatic science. Her undergraduate studies were completed in the soil and water science department at the University of Florida where she also studied pesticide movement in the soil physics laboratory. Leah is a lifelong resident of Northeast Florida and is working to conserve our precious, imperiled…

Welcome Leah Dannenberg, IDP Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student


Leah Dannenberg is a 1st year IDP Biomedical Sciences graduate student joining Dr. Elaine Seaver’s Laboratory. She is interested in Developmental Biology and Evolution. She is excited to be working at Whitney Lab and will be researching spiralian embryos. Previously, Leah served as a summer research intern at the Whitney as part of the NSF sponsored Research…

Congratulations Ashley Peterson, NSF Graduate Research Fellow!


Research technician Ashley Peterson was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which provides three years of financial support to outstanding students pursuing research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Out of 16,500 applicants, the National Science Foundation selected 2,000 award recipients based on potential to become future…

Dr. Kevin Folta presents on GMO Crop Technology, 7 pm on Thursday April 9th, Public Lecture Series: Evenings at the Whitney


Please join us as Dr. Kevin Folta from the University of Florida presents “Risks, Benefits and Opportunities in GMO Crop Technology” for the Evenings at the Whitney public lecture series on Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 PM. Dr. Folta is one of the world’s experts in the science of biotechnology as it impacts the multifaceted arena of agriculture. The…

Summer Camp 2015 Registration is Full- Call us if you want to join the waiting list for next year!

Camp flyer 2015

Registration is now open for the Whitney Laboratory’s 2015 Marine Biology Summer Camp. Summer camp participants will participate in fun laboratory experiments and outdoor adventures all while learning about the biodiversity of the Matanzas River Basin. Contact Brenda Cannaliato (phone: 904-461-4014 email: Angie Golubovich (phone: 904-461-4015 email: for more information!

Congratulations to Miguel Salinas-Saavedra on new research article!


Ph.D. student Miguel Salinas-Saavedra’s research article was accepted for publication by the journal EvoDevo. The article, titled “Par system components are asymmetrically localized in ectodermal epithelia, but not during early development in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis” proposes that a group of proteins originated to polarize cells in adult tissue layers and was only later evolutionarily co-opted for…

Welcome Liz Cody to Whitney Laboratory!

Elizabeth Cody comes to us from UF Main Campus in Gainesville where she managed the Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management (TRSM) in the College of Health and Human Performance (HHP). Liz began her professional career at UF in research administration at the College of Medicine in 1998 and was recruited to HHP in…

The Whitney Lecture on UF’s Main Campus, March 17th, 3:30 pm, Bartram Hall, Dr. Baldomero Olivera


The Whitney Lecture brings preeminent scientists to the University of Florida’s main campus in Gainesville, and to the UF Whitney Laboratory in St. Augustine, Florida. Researchers share recent work in marine science, neuroscience, the environment and other topics of interest to the Laboratory. This Lecture series started in the late 1990’s with generous support to continue to…

Venomous Fish-Hunting Cone Snails: From Biodiversity to Biomedical Applications, Dr. Baldomero Olivera, Public Lecture, March 19th, 7 pm

Baldemero Olivera

Please join us for the Evenings at Whitney Invited Lecture on Thursday, March 19th at 7 pm.  We will be exploring the Central Nervous System (CNS), which is one of our most complex bodily systems. The science of neuropharmacology studies how various inputs affect the functioning of the CNS.  There are over 100 species of venomous cone…