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

Fun with Plankton Summer Camp Spots Still Available!

Boy looking into microscope

Students entering 5th, 6th or 7th grade in fall 2021 will experience the fun of science learning and discovery with plankton. Read More

Catherine Eastman and Taryn Chaya Present at GTM Research Reserve State of the Reserve Symposia

 State of the Reserve Presentation Screenshots

Catherine Eastman and Taryn Chaya recently presented at this symposia that brings together the community and offers the opportunity to gain greater insight into the research, education and stewardship activities taking place throughout the GTM Research Reserve by their staff, partners and academic institutions. Read More

Brent Foster Publishes Article in the Palm Coast Observer on Dr. Elizabeth Kaweesa's research

Kaweesa observing media with cancer cell

Another one bites the dust: Scientist in Flagler investigates how bacteria in the soil can help combat skin cancer Read More

Yamaha Rightwaters™ Powers Redfish Study at University of Florida

 Yamaha Rightwaters Boat for UF

Yamaha Rightwaters is teaming up with Skeeter Boats to provide a SX2250 center console boat with a 250-horsepower Yamaha V MAX SHO outboard to the University of Florida. Scientists in the University’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience will use the boat and outboard to conduct a study on redfish activities and numbers to gather better data on the species in Northern Florida. Read More

Dr. Sandra Loesgen in GEO kompakt Magazine

GEO Kompakt Article

Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Loesgen, who was recently featured in an article in GEO kompakt Magazine, Die Unterwasserapotheke, or Underwater Pharmacy. The article highlights the natural products community efforts to find new medications from marine sources. Read More

More News

Upcoming Events

View all Events





Want to know more about our research & mission?

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