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.

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Dr. Elaine Seaver featured in photography series "Women" by Savannah College of Art and Design student Emerson Scheerer

Elaine Seaver

Dr. Elaine Seaver was recently photographed in her lab as part of Savannah College of Art and Design student Emerson Scheerer's ongoing series entitled, “Women,” featuring environmental portraits of women of power. Read More

June 13 Evenings at Whitney - Movie Night "A Plastic Ocean" with Panel Discussion for Whitney Laboratory's World Sea Turtle Week

A Plastic Ocean

The University of Florida Whitney Laboratory will hold a special Evenings at Whitney on Thursday, June 13, 2019. As part of Whitney’s World Sea Turtle Week events, Whitney Laboratory will show the movie, “A Plastic Ocean”, in the Lohman Auditorium with a panel discussion to follow. This Evenings at Whitney will have an earlier start time of 6 p.m. Read More

Osborne Lab and Partners Breeding Clams for Indian River Lagoon Restoration


Take a look at our one million babies! We are raising special brood clam stock to help restore the Indian River Lagoon with our partners. Read More

Dorothy Mitchell joins the Martindale Lab


Please welcome graduate student Dorothy Mitchell to Whitney Laboratory! She recently joined Dr. Mark Martindale's lab where she is investigating stem cell development in relation to reproduction and regeneration in Mnemiopsis leidyi. Read More

Dr. Christine Schnitzler Publishes Article in Nature Ecology & Evolution


Dr. Christine Schnitzler, Assistant Professor of Biology at the Whitney Laboratory recently published the article "What makes a jellyfish" in Nature Ecology & Evolution. 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.