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.
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.
UF News Story: Closed but still Caring
Our essential staff keep us going in tough times! How the people of UF's Whitney Laboratory protected their animals — and each other — during COVID-19. Read More
First Coast News Story on Horseshoe Crabs and COVID-19 Research
Whitney Laboratory Director Dr. Mark Martindale talks with First Coast News and Whitney horseshoe crabs make their news debut! Read More
Sea Turtle Hospital Awarded Grant from Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program to Support New Sea Turtle Transport Vehicle
The University of Florida Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce that it received a grant for $28,987.14 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory received the grant to support a new sea turtle transport vehicle. Read More
Two Million Clams Deployed to Date for Indian River Lagoon Restoration
Whitney’s Clams Restoration was in action on Friday, June 26 at a project site in the Northern Indian River Lagoon. Nearly 60,000 clams were deployed, bringing to date almost two million clams that have been raised by Whitney Laboratory and deployed to help improve water quality! Read More
Dr. James Liao Publishes Paper in Current Biology
Congratulations to Dr. James Liao, who recently published a paper in Current Biology titled "An Algorithmic Approach to Natural Behavior." Read More