Education & Conservation

Our Commitment to Education and Conservation, a two coast presence…

An important part of the Mission of the Whitney Laboratory is to provide lifelong learning opportunities to serve as an integral part of the surrounding community. Science education efforts at the lab are focused on school age children, to university levels, to post doctoral research training.  Training is delivered by UF Faculty, experts in their field who conducting full time marine research at the laboratory.

Whitney’s educational outreach program which was spearheaded by Dr. Barbara Battelle, Professor of Biology, and Karen Kempler, Biological Scientist, and due to these efforts Whitney has a long history of engaging the community in marine biology education.  The K-12 education program is managed by Brenda Cannaliato who works with area schools and programs to deliver STEM educational support for the region.  A team of dedicated Docents provide hands on education for the on site Day at the Whitney and Traveling Zoo programs, each year they volunteer more than 4000 hours to this exciting program. For more information about volunteering please go to our volunteer section.

Through our monthly public lectures we work to engage those of all ages in scientific inquiry and discovery through the Evenings at Whitney Public Lecture Series.

Due to the location of the Laboratory in one of the most pristine environments the Matanzas Basin and surrounding estuary system, the lab also focuses on conservation efforts as a part of its ongoing educational mission.

As a component of its conservation and education mission, the Whitney is embarking on a Sea Turtle Hospital Program, which will provide rehabilitation for Sea Turtles with fibropamillomatosis (FP) disease.

Marine Biology: A Two Coast Program!

Whitney Lab also operates Sea Horse Key Marine Laboratory on the Gulf Coast, its sister lab
Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory and Whitney are expanding to offer joint research and training programs in coastal ecology and marine biology.

Key Conservation Program Members