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Ulf Jondelius from the Swedish Museum of Natural History finds two undescribed species in Whitney Pond!

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 Professor Ulf Jondelius, a visiting scientists from the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, Sweden spent ten days at the Whitney Lab collecting acoelomorph worm specimens from sands of the Matanzas River Basin. He identified some very cool specimens including these two previously UNDESCRIBED ACOEL SPECIES FROM THE WHITNEY POND! He found that there is…

Dr. Andrew Kiggundu, Director of Biotech Research Center, Uganda presents at the Lab

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Dr. Andrew Kiggundu, BioScientific Research Officer and Director of the Biotechnology Research Centre, National Agricultural Research Organization, Kampala, Uganda was at the Whitney Lab to collaborate and to present “Agriculture in Uganda and the Application of Gene Technology to Staple Foods Crops“.  Dr. Kiggundu toured the laboratory and is in the photo joined by Dr. Mark Martindale,…

Dr. Joseph Ryan and Charles Darwin visit local students for Darwin Week!

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Dr. Joseph Ryan and Charles Darwin (pictured ) visited several classes at Darnell-Cookman in Jacksonville, Flagler College and St. Johns Community College in celebration of Darwin Week in February. They visited Michelle Mcgurr and Gayle Fiser’s class with Ryan and Darwin at Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School for the Medical Arts in Jacksonville. Classes learned about Darwin, his legacy and…

“Bioluminescence and Courtship Communication in Fireflies,” Dr. Marc Branham, Thursday, February 12th, 7 p.m., Evenings at Whitney Public Lecture

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Please join us for the February Evenings at Whitney Lecture, Thursday, February 12th. “Bioluminescence and Courtship Communication in Fireflies” will be presented by Dr. Marc Branham, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology University of Florida We are all familiar with fireflies and take them for granted as they inthrall us with their brilliant “lights”…

Seaver lab publishes new research article in EvoDevo

Elaine Seaver’s lab recently published an article entitled ‘Molecular conservation of metazoan gut formation: evidence from expression of endomesoderm genes in Capitella teleta (Annelida)’ in the open access journal EvoDevo. In most animals, the digestive system has a number of different compartments with distinct functions as one travels along its length from the mouth to…