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.

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Bailey-Niblett Family Endowment helps fund graduate student Trip to European Evolutionary Biology Meeting


This summer the Bailey-Niblett Family Endowment helped fund a graduate student trip to the European Evolutionary Biology Meeting (EuroEvoDevo) in Napoli, Italy from May 31-June 3. Read More

Duffy Lab's Environmental DNA research in National Geographic

Lucas Meers, a citizen scientist, Professor David Duffy and Catherine Eastman, Sea Turtle Program Hospital manager, collecting samples at River to Sea Preserve. Photo: UF/Zach Read

Congratulations to the Duffy lab whose eDNA research was featured in the National Geographic article - Hidden DNA is revealing secrets of animals’ lives Read More

Martindale Lab welcomes Lucas Guttieres

Guttieres, Lucas

Please welcome Lucas Guttieres to Whitney Laboratory! He recently joined the Martindale Lab as a graduate assistant. Read More

Dr. Allison Edgar Talks Ctenophores at the Alachua County Library Ocean Tales Program

Alachua Library Ctenophore

Whitney Lab Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr. Allison Edgar talks ctenophores (commonly known as comb jellies) at the Alachua County Library District Ocean Tales summer program. The program includes learning, reading, and exploring the ocean! 🌊 Read More

Sea Turtles Artichoke and Granny Smith Released July 14

Sea Turtles Granny Smith, Artichoke Release

Sea Turtle Hospital patients Artichoke and Granny Smith received their swimming papers and were released at River to Sea Preserve on July 14. Thank you to everyone who helped welcome Artichoke and Granny Smith home! Read More

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