Support the Whitney Lab

Why give to the Whitney Laboratory?

REU_Katelyn-540x400Since 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 just completed a capital campaign for a new education facility, the Center for Marine Studies, which serves students of all ages. To build upon the expanded educational space at the lab we are embarking on a housing campaign at the Whitney.

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 gifts and investments.


There are several avenues of private funding that support different activities at the Whitney Lab:

  • Gift Fund (#003567)
    This is a general fund that provides for the day to day operation of the Laboratory. Its funds have been used to support travel for students, 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.
  • Whitney Fund
    This fund supports the scientific and educational mission of the Whitney Lab. Contributors to this fund receive certain benefits, according to the level of contribution.
  • Education Fund (#005161)
    The Education Fund supports the Laboratory’s outreach education programs to local schools and our communities.
  • Capital Campaign Fund (#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.
  • 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, make your check or money order out to UF Foundation, Inc. for Whitney Laboratory Fund # _____, and mail to :

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

Please click here for online giving.