Support the Whitney Lab

Why give to the Whitney Laboratory?

Kelly Dobroski 2015 REU student in the Osborne Lab

Since scientific grants only address the immediate needs of specific research programs, your gift to the Whitney Lab provides us the flexibility to rapidly respond to exciting new opportunities and to plan for long-term development. This vital funding gives the Whitney Lab the margin of excellence it needs to remain a leader among the nation’s top public research institutions.


We have embarked on a new campaign for a new housing complex “Whitney Research Village” to expand capacity to educate more students and welcome visiting scientists to the Lab, enriching the learning experience for the scientists and students conducting research.

students_SeaverLab-300x225Your investment in the Whitney Lab is an investment in the students and faculty who live, learn and work here today and in future scientists whose scientific curiosity was sparked here. Indeed, the countless scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs and advances in basic biological science inspired by the experience of the Whitney Lab touch our friends and neighbors everywhere. The experimental biologists of tomorrow will be shaped by the impact of your gift.


There are several avenues to make your donation count that support lifelong learning at the Whitney Lab:

  • Malcolm Moses molecular research in the Martindale Lab

    Malcolm Moses molecular research in the Martindale Lab

    Whitney Gift Fund (#003567)
    This is a general fund that provides for the day to day operations of the Laboratory. Its funds have been used to support travel for students, bringing lecturers for the Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series, minor acquisitions and fund raising activities and events. This is the most flexible of the funds and, consequently, is very important to the overall activities of the Laboratory.

  • Education Fund (#005161)
    The Education Fund supports the Laboratory’s outreach education programs to local schools and our community and allows us to educate over 5,500 K-12 students in eight counties with hands on science learning.
  • Capital Campaign Fund/ Whitney Research VIllage (#007381)
    The Whitney Laboratory campus is growing and much of this growth has and will be made possible through contributions to our Capital Fund. A new capital campaign for The Center for Marine Animal Health and a new Whitney Research Village is currently underway.
    Donations to this fund may be eligible for a one-for-one match by the state of Florida.
  • Sea Turtle Research and Rehabilitation Fund (#018737)
    This fund supports Whitney Lab’s operations of the planned rehabilitation and research facility for Sea Turtles impacted by fibropapilloma in the North Florida region.
  • Oyster Restoration Initiative (#022049)
    This fund supports the activities of the Oyster Restoration Initiative at the Whitney Laboratory.
  • Jim Ebert Just-Do-It Fund (#008571)
    This fellowship was established in recognition of the advice, leadership and popularity of Jim Ebert, one of the Laboratory’s first scientific advisors and a member of the Board of Trustees. As its name suggests, this fund allows the lab to respond in a timely manner to new initiatives and opportunities.

supp-cmsAll privately donated funds for the Whitney Lab are handled by the University of Florida Foundation Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that receives, invests and administers private support for the University of Florida. Visit the Foundation web site to explore the many gift types and UF incentives. All gifts are tax deductible.

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Jessica Long, Director of Development, by calling 904 461-4018 or by emailing

To contribute by mail, please make your check or money order out to:

UF Foundation, Inc. memo line:Whitney Laboratory Fund # _____, and mail to :

Dr. Mark Martindale, Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080

All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law, to be counted in the calendar year donations must by made by 12/31 either online or postmarked by that date.

Please click here for online giving.