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Welcome to the Visiting 2016 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars


Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience would like to extend a warm welcome to the 2016 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars visiting for the summer. While at Whitney Lab, the scholars will be collecting baseline monitoring data at numerous beaches in the area to assess how the shorelines are changing. Each student is also conducting individual research…

Whitney Lab’s Barbara Battelle, Joseph Ryan & Karen Kempler Publish Work in Genome Biology and Evolution

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Whitney’s Drs. Barbara Battelle, Joseph Ryan and Karen Kempler along with Dr. Megan Porter from the University of Hawaii, Manoa headed a research team, which included members of the Limulus (American horseshoe crab) Genome Consortium to publish the Limulus genome and a comprehensive analysis of the expression of visual pigments in horseshoe crabs. This work…

Whitney Lab’s Leslie Babonis, Mark Martindale and Joseph Ryan Publish Paper in BioMed Central


Congratulations to Whitney Lab’s Leslie Babonis, postdoctoral research associate, Mark Martindale, Whitney Lab director and professor, and Joseph Ryan, assistant professor of biology, for publishing a paper in BioMed Central titled Do novel genes drive morphological novelty? An investigation of the nematosomes in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. Background The evolution of novel genes is thought to be…

Nicole Miller joins the Martindale Lab

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Welcome to Whitney Laboratory, Nicole! Nicole is a senior microbiology major at the University of Florida with a passion for the ocean, science, and surfing. She plans to attend graduate school in pursuit of a degree in biomedical science. Ultimately, her goal is to attain a Ph.D. and conduct research for academia or industry. Throughout…

Join Us for Marine Biology Camp this Summer!


Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is hosting Marine Biology Camp for summer 2016. The camp features learning about biodiversity, fun lab experiments, STEM activities and outdoor field adventures. Two sessions are offered. The first session is from June 20-24. The second session is from July 11-15 (this session is full). The camp times are Monday…

Whitney Lab’s Mark Martindale, David Simmons and Barbara-Anne Battelle Contribute to “Structure and Evolution of Invertebrate Nervous Systems”


In a recently published comprehensive volume on the “Structure and Evolution of Invertebrate Nervous Systems” by Oxford University Press, Whitney Laboratory’s Mark Martindale and David Simmons contributed a chapter on Ctenophora. Also, Barbara-Anne Battelle, together with two co-authors from Germany, contributed a chapter on Xiphosaura (horseshoe crabs). Congratulations!