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

Don’t step on me! Local ecosystem engineer provides opportunities for biomedical research

Two ends of a tube from a single individual protruding above the sandy substrate taken at low tide at the Matanzas inlet.

Chaetopterus pergamentaceus or ‘parchment tube worm' is an annelid worm present in local coastal habitats that the Seaver Lab studies. It lives its entire adult life inside a soft U-shaped tube that is mostly buried beneath the ocean floor, and only the tips of the tubes are directly exposed to sea water. Chaetopterus is a great example of leveraging biodiversity to understand human health related questions. Read More

Dr. Newkirk, Dr. Martindale and Dr. Schnitzler Publish Paper in Frontiers in Microbiology


Congratulations to recent Whitney Ph.D. graduate Dr. Newkirk, Whitney Laboratory's Dr. Martindale, Dr. Schnitzler, along with Dr. Thomas Frazer, Professor and Director of UF’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, who recently published a paper in the Frontiers in Microbiology titled "Adaptation to Bleaching: Are Thermotolerant Symbiodiniaceae Strains More Successful Than Other Strains Under Elevated Temperatures in a Model Symbiotic Cnidarian?" Read More

Moroz Lab Publishes Paper in Journal of Morphology

Dr. Leonid Moroz

Congratulations to the Moroz Lab who recently published a paper in the Journal of Morphology titled "Mapping of neuropeptide Y expression in Octopus brains." Read More

Expanding Our Facilities to Meet Research and Conservation Demands

Lab Building Rendering

Our goal is to build a new Marine Research Institute Building and the Nancy Condron Family Sea Turtle Research Center and Hospital that brings high-technology to the shores of UF Whitney Laboratory's valuable environmental location that produces world-class findings in marine bioscience and conservation. Read More

Dr. Joseph Ryan Receives UF 2020 Graduate Education Diversity Champion Award

Dr. Joseph Ryan

This award is presented annually to a UF faculty or staff member who has excelled in promoting diversity and inclusivity in the university environment through their positive interactions with others in graduate education. 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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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.