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.

Recent News

Hiring for Ctenophore Neural Circuit / Neurogenesis Evolution Project


The Whitney Laboratory is hiring three postdocs and one technician to work on a cutting edge evolutionary neuroscience project studying neurogenesis and neural circuits in ctenophores. Read More

Jessica Farrell Receives University of Florida International Center Award

Jessica Farrell with award

Congratulations to Whitney Laboratory Ph.D. candidate Jessica Farrell for receiving the University of Florida International Certificate of Outstanding Merit at the 2021 International Student Achievement Award Ceremony on November 16, during International Education Week. Read More

Sea Turtle Grape Released November 18

Sea Turtle Grape Release

Sea Turtle Hospital patient Grape was released at Marineland Beach, directly across the street from Whitney Lab on November 18. Grape is a small juvenile green turtle that was found buoyant and struggling to dive in St. Augustine at Camachee Cove Marina on March 18. Read More

Dr. Elaine Seaver and Dr. Danielle de Jong Publish Paper in Genes

Adult Capitella Teleta

Congratulations to Dr. Elaine Seaver and Dr. Danielle de Jong who recently published a paper in Genes entitled ‘Regeneration in the Segmented Annelid Capitella teleta'. Read More

Welcome Jocelyn Klucar to Whitney

 Klucar, Jocelyn

Please welcome Jocelyn Klucar, Research Administrator II to the Whitney Laboratory! Jocelyn will be helping our faculty with a portfolio of grants, post awards and submissions in concert with Jesse Grosso our current Research Administrator II. Read More

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