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Welcome, Nicolette Vassallo!


Nicolette is a recent graduate of the University of Miami with a bachelor’s in Biology. As a St. Augustine native, she grew up enjoying our beaches and waterways, and she is dedicated to preserving our local ecosystems. During her undergraduate career, Nicolette assisted in clinical research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her…

View Dr. Todd Osborne’s Lecture on Florida Coastal Change if you missed it!


Dr. Todd Osborne: “Evolution of coastal ecosystems in Florida: a story of time and climate” Evenings at Whitney Public Lecture Series December 2015. Todd Osborne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biogeochemistry, Whitney Laboratory of Marine Bioscience, studies the biogeochemical processes in soil and water in a variety of ecosystems throughout Florida. He will review Florida’s environmental history…

Research Intern Joins Osborne Lab

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Welcome:  Francesca Batt joins the Osborne Lab as a Visiting Research Intern Francesca Batt is a visiting undergraduate studying in her third year of marine biology from Plymouth University (UK).  Francesca will be with us for six months working with Dr Todd Osborne gaining experience and learning new techniques both in the field and in…

Post-Baccalaureate Trainee Joins Ryan Lab

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Welcome:  Alexandra Hernandez has joined Dr. Ryan’s lab as a full-time Post-Baccalaureate Trainee. Alexandra is a native Floridian, originally from the city of Miami. She completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. During her time at the University of South Florida she interned with the United States Geological…

Dr. Scott Santagata to Spend Six Month Sabbatical at Whitney Lab

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  Dr. Scott Santagata will visit Whitney Laboratory for a six month sabbatical period.  He will collaborate with Dr. Joseph Ryan investigating the transcriptomes of various ectoproct species from Antarctica and Florida for evidence of adaptive changes and testing the phylogenetic relationships among marine ectoprocts. Dr. Scott Santagata is an Associate Professor of Biology at…

Welcome: Jen Zuberer

Jen Zuberer LOW RES Please welcome Jen Zuberer to Whitney Laboratory! Jennifer Zuberer is a native Floridian and has called St. Augustine home for the past 10 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida in 2004. Before joining Whitney Lab, Jennifer worked with the City of St. Augustine coordinating activities and projects...

IDP Graduate Student Alicia Schwieterman visits Whitney Laboratory

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  Please welcome Alicia Schwieterman to Whitney Laboratory!   Alicia is an Interdisciplinary (IDP) graduate student interested in comparative neurobiology. She received a BSc in Neuroscience and Biology from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH in 2012. At UC, under the direction of Dr. Stephanie M. Rollmann and Dr. John E. Layne, she researched the evolution…

Dr. Nagayasu Nakanishi visits Whitney Laboratory

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  Welcome:  Dr. Nagayasu Nakanishi, Visiting NASA Astrobiology Senior Postdoctoral Fellow Nagayasu is a comparative biologist interested in understanding early histories of sensory and nervous system evolution. He received a BSc in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from University of California, San Diego. At the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD, he studied microbial diversity in…

Whitney REU makes Forbes “30 Under 30” List

Corina Antal

Corina Antal, a former NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) student at the Whitney Laboratory, was listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of science professionals. Corina is now a research assistant at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where she researches proteins that suppress the growth of cancerous tumors. Congratulations, Corina!