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
The Laboratory is continuing operations under UF and CDC advised guidelines and pursuing important basic research and training. In light of new guidance from the CDC, the University of Florida expects everyone to wear a mask at all times when inside any UF facility, even if you are vaccinated. This includes our students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors.

Adopt a Washback

Join us to help support hundreds of washbacks cared for by the Sea Turtle Hospital staff each season by symbolically adopting a washback this year, named by you. Available until October 31!

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Taste of the Fun Coast Event Benefits the Sea Turtle Hospital

Taste of the Fun Coast

The Taste of the Fun Coast event at Hammock Beach Resort is tomorrow, October 26 - food, drinks and fun benefiting the Sea Turtle Hospital! Read More

Adopt a Washback!

Adopt a Washback

TODAY is the day! It is your chance to virtually ADOPT A WASHBACK sea turtle to support the care of turtles! Click below to name a cute little washback - but pick your name and hurry, our campaign ends 10/31! Read More

Tori Summers Joins the Sea Turtle Hospital Staff

 Summers, Tori

Please welcome Tori Summers to Whitney Laboratory staff as the Sea Turtle Hospital's Animal Care Technician. Read More

St. Augustine Record Article - Rare blue button jellyfish washing up on St. Johns County beaches

Matanzas Inlet

Whitney Laboratory Director Dr. Mark Martindale talks with the St. Augustine Record about Porpita porpita or blue buttons, a colony of hydrozoan polyps that were recently appearing on St. John's County beaches. Read More

UF Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

We would like to recognize our Hispanic/Latino/Latinx members of the Whitney community this month! Read More

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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.