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

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Lauren Kunselman joins the Seaver Lab

 Kunselman, Lauren

Please welcome Lauren Kunselman to Whitney Laboratory! She recently joined Dr. Elaine Seaver's lab as a graduate student. Read More

Evenings at Whitney Dec. 12

McClintock, James

The next Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience will be December 12, 2019, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “From Penguins to Plankton – The Dramatic Impacts of Climate Change on the Antarctic Peninsula”. Read More

Jessica Farrell and Alexis Lanza Receive Florida International Center Awards


Congratulations to Whitney Laboratory Ph.D. candidate Jessica Farrell and recent Ph.D. graduate Alexis Lanza for receiving the University of Florida International Certificate of Excellence at the 2019 International Student Achievement Award Ceremony on November 19. Read More

Grateful Gator Day!

We are grateful gators! Thank you for all the ways you support and strengthen UF Whitney Laboratory’s Impact! Read More

Congratulations to Alexis Lanza of the Elaine Seaver Laboratory for successfully completing her PhD!

Alexis Lanza

Alexis graduated with a PhD in Zoology from the College of Arts and Sciences, and defended her dissertation on Halloween Day. The title of Alexis’s dissertation is ‘Insights into the role of TGF-beta superfamily signaling in annelid dorsal-ventral axis formation’. 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.