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.

Research at the Whitney Lab

UF Whitney Lab Begins Construction of New Research Building and Sea Turtle Hospital with State and Local Support

The new building and sea turtle hospital overlooking the Matanzas estuary will more than double current research. Slated for completion in summer 2025.

Article in Palm Coast Observer

Celebrating 50 Years!

Five Decade of Discovery at Whitney Laboratory

How it All Began

Recent News

Sea Turtle Hospital Welcomes Summer Intern Soleil Von Hausch

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Welcome to our newest team member summer intern, Soleil Von Hausch! Read More

Bailey Steinworth Awarded Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation at International Cassiopea Meeting

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Congratulations to Martindale Lab Graduate Student Bailey Steinworth who was awarded Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation at the 7th annual International Cassiopea Meeting held May 10-12, 2024 in Key Largo, Florida. Read More

Palm Coast Observer Article - Whitney Lab begins construction of new research building & sea turtle hospital with state and local support

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With a project budget of $41.2 million and over 38,000 square feet, the new building and sea turtle hospital overlooking the Matanzas estuary will more than double current research. Construction is slated for completion in summer 2025.  Read More

Organization hopes 1B clams will help purify the Indian River Lagoon’s waters

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On April 26 the Indian River Lagoon Clam Restoration Project, the Coastal Conservation Association Florida, FWC, and the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory released 6 million baby clams into the lagoon. They were delivered to their Melbourne Beach home with a specialized drone. Read More

Mike Alyea Named to Whitney Laboratory Board of Trustees

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Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce that Mike Alyea has joined its Board of Trustees. Read More

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