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

Dr. Ibarra-Castro Publishes Paper in Zootaxa


Congratulations to Dr. Leonardo Ibarra-Castro who recently published a paper titled "Revision of the diagnostic characters of two morphologically similar snook species, Centropomus viridis and C. nigrescens (Carangiformes: Centropomidae)" in Zootaxa. Read More

Kaylee Hargis joins the Sea Turtle Hospital

 Hargis, Kaylee

Please welcome Kaylee Hargis to Whitney Laboratory as the Sea Turtle Hospital's Animal Care Technician. Kaylee Hargis grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and is a recent 2020 graduate from the University of Dayton. Read More

Sip 'N Science YouTube Link - The Value of Marine Labs in Discovering Diverse Animals of the Sea

Sip 'N Science Screenshot of Dr. Martindale's Webinar

If you missed our Sip 'N Science recently with Dr. Mark Martindale the webinar is now on our YouTube channel. Read More

2021 REU Application Deadline (Feb. 22) Fast Approaching

REU Students Swimming

The Whitney Laboratory Research Experience for Undergraduate program (REU), funded by the National Science Foundation (Site Award 0648969), offers an exceptional opportunity for the motivated undergraduate to participate in scientific research. Read More

Whitney Sip 'N Science Free Webinar Jan. 14 - Dr. Mark Martindale | The Value of Marine Labs in Discovering Diverse Animals of the Sea

Sip N Science

Join us for our January Webinar! Dr. Martindale will share the role of marine laboratories in discovery, animal evolution, and biodiversity. 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.