Important to the development of the laboratory has been its dedicated research faculty, as well as key players like Jim Netherton (shown with several former Directors), who served as a chemist and laboratory manager for close to 30 years. His role in the community while serving as Mayor of Marineland helped to shape some of the critical conservation efforts and reserves in the Matanzas Basin.
Another key factor in the development of the lab has been its outreach and education programs. Originally spearheaded by Dr. Barbara Battelle, Karen Kempler and several critical docents, the National Science Foundation Research Experience program, Day at the Whitney and even the Center for Marine Sciences building would not be here without the hard work and dedication of dedicated staff, docents, donors and early supporters of science outreach and education. These programs continue to flourish to this day.