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. Researchers at the lab are on the front lines of a variety of scientific areas including biodiversity, ocean health, marine chemistry, neuroscience, sensory biology, evolutionary genomics, embryology, and cell regeneration – working to Go Greater for all of us.

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Whitney Lab Virtual 5K - Price Increases April 1

Join us for the 2023 Whitney Lab 5K - a virtual walk/run for marine science! Complete a 5K walk or run anywhere, anytime between May 20 - May 27 to celebrate the wonders of marine life with this year's featured animal - the jellyfish!

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Recent News

Dr. Sandra Loesgen Receives ASP Matt Suffness Young Investigator Award

Dr. Sandra Loesgen in laboratory

Congratulations to Whitney Laboratory Associate Professor of Chemistry for recently being selected as a recipient of the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP) Matt Suffness Young Investigator Award. Read More

Palm Coast Observer Article - Adults participate in ‘science camp’ at Whitney Lab

Man measuring soil in a lab, photo credit: Christine Rodenbaugh

Summer camp sign-ups are coming to a close — for grade school students. But adult learners still have opportunities to engage in Lifelong Learning Workshops at the UF Whitney Laboratory. Attendees at March 18 workshop learned about the impacts of phosphorus and nitrogen on estuaries and wetlands. Read More

Whitney Laboratory in Tallahassee for Florida Oceans Day

Two people stand on either side of a Whitney Laboratory tent

Florida Oceans Day is Florida Ocean Alliance’s annual conference of members, friends, officials and legislators who share common interests in Florida’s marine and coastal resources and their critical role in sustaining a healthy blue economy in the state. Read More

Martindale Lab welcomes Dr. Federica Scucchia

Scucchia, Federica

Please welcome Dr. Federica Scucchia to the Whitney Laboratory! She recently joined the Martindale Lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Read More

Evenings at Whitney YouTube Link: How to build an animal: Learning from the embryo

Developing skeleton in the chick embryo

If you missed our March Evenings at Whitney, "How to build an animal: Learning from the embryo", with Dr. Paula Murphy, the YouTube link is below.  Read More

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