Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience - University of Florida


Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is a full-time University of Florida research center for biomedical research and biotechnology located in St. Augustine, Florida. Founded in 1974, the Whitney Lab is dedicated to using marine model animals for studying fundamental problems in biology and applying that knowledge to issues of human health, natural resources, and the environment. Scientists at the lab are on the front lines of biodiversity, neuroscience, sensory biology, ocean health, and cell regeneration – working to Go Greater for all of us.

Research at the Whitney Lab
In response to COVID-19 and in order to promote the safety and wellness of our visitors, volunteers, students, faculty and staff, all of our public programs have been postponed. We are currently reevaluating our public offerings for the community.
The Laboratory is continuing operations under UF and CDC advised guidelines and pursuing important basic research and training, however, we are not open to the public at this time.
We look forward to seeing you at our programming after this dynamic and challenging event has passed.  

Recent News

Osborne Lab Recent Clams Deployment at the Indian River Lagoon Covered by Florida Today

Clams in baskets on shoreline before deployment

Dr. Todd Osborne talks with Florida Today about the Indian River Lagoon Clam Restoration Initiative and the recent planting of 56,000 baby clams in the IRL. Read More

David Sparks Joins the Liao Lab

David Sparks

Please welcome David Sparks to Whitney Laboratory! He joins Dr. James Liao’s lab as a Ph.D. student. Read More

Dr. Alexandrea Duscher Discusses her research at St. Johns County Public Library Online Event

Lexi Duscher

Dr. Alexandrea Duscher, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Schnitzler Lab, was recently interviewed for a St. Johns County Public Library online event. Find out all about the Whitney Laboratory and Dr. Duscher's research and role at the lab! Read More

First Coast News Story on new fish aquaculture start up


Dr. Leonardo Ibarra-Castro talks with First Coast News about Whitney Laboratory's new fish aquaculture start up in the story - Go Fish! Researchers work to restock red snapper in the wild. Read More

Former Martindale Lab Post Docs Earn Tenure at their Universities

Two men

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Layden of Lehigh University and Dr. Dave Q. Matus of Stonybrook University who recently earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at their universities. Read More

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Performing advanced research in neuroscience, developmental and regenerative biology, marine conservation and marine genomics.

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Sea Turtle Hospital

Sea Turtle Hospital

Helping to conserve threatened Northeast Florida sea turtles by providing rehabilitation, research and education.

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Education and Conservation

Education and Conservation

Providing lifelong learning programs through K-12 outreach, advanced scientific training and a community lecture series.

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Want to know more about our research & mission?

Our video gives you a taste for marine science and the exciting opportunities for discovery at the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience.