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Dr. Christine Schnitzler Publishes on Germ Cells in Science

Hydractinia colony

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Biology at Whitney Laboratory, Dr. Christine Schnitzler, who co-authored a paper in Science Magazine titled "Transcription factor AP2 controls cnidarian germ cell induction." In this study, the authors found that a single gene, Transcription factor AP2 (Tfap2), is sufficient to induce germ cell identity when expressed in adult stem cells in the clonal cnidarian Hydractinia. Read More


Anchor Boutique Supports Whitney's Oyster Restoration Initiative

 Oyster Necklace

Laurel Baker, jewelry designer and owner of St. Augustine's Anchor Boutique created an exclusive mini oyster necklace with sales of this necklace supporting Whitney Laboratory's Oyster Restoration Initiative. Read More


Alexis Lanza wins Best Student Oral Presentation for the Division of Evolutionary & Developmental Biology at the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology conference

Woman in lab

Congratulations to Alexis Lanza who won Best Student Oral Presentation for the Division of Evolutionary and Developmental Biology at this year’s Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology annual conference! The title of Alexis’s talk was "Activin/Nodal signaling is required for establishing the dorsal-ventral axis in Capitella teleta”. Read More


Ryan Lab Graduate Student Alex Hernandez on Antonio Farias’ podcast Level Up

Alexandra Hernandez

Alex Hernandez, a grad student studying comb jellies at Whitney Laboratory, was recently on Antonio Farias’ podcast Level Up. Are comb jellies the earliest animal on the Tree of Life? Tune in to find out! Read More


Dr. Sandra Loesgen Publishes Paper in Microbial Ecology

 Loesgen, Sandra

Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Loesgen, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Whitney Laboratory, who recently published a paper about the chemistry of coral-algae recognition in Microbial Ecology titled "N-Linked Surface Glycan Biosynthesis, Composition, Inhibition, and Function in Cnidarian-Dinoflagellate Symbiosis." Read More


Sea Turtles Mars Released Jan. 24 at River to Sea Preserve

 Mars Release

Sea Turtles Mars was released January 24 at River to Sea Preserve in the town of Marineland. Read More


Brendan Gibbs Joins the Liao Lab

 Gibbs, Brendan

Please welcome Brendan Gibbs to Whitney Laboratory! He recently joined Dr. James Liao's lab as a laboratory technician who will be investigating sensory modulation of multiple stimuli in freely swimming fish. Read More


Evenings at Whitney Feb. 13

Bader, Gary

The next Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience will be February 13, 2020, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “The Human Cell Atlas Project – Mapping the Human Body Cell by Cell”. Gary Bader, Ph.D., Professor at The Donnelly Centre at the University of Toronto, will be the speaker. Read More


2020 REU Application Deadline (Feb. 17) Fast Approaching

Students in lab

The Whitney Laboratory Research Experience for Undergraduate program (REU), funded by the National Science Foundation (Site Award 0648969), offers an exceptional opportunity for the motivated undergraduate to participate in scientific research. Read More


JAN. 23-24 NORTH FLORIDA MARINE SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM

Join researchers, resource management agencies, and students for one and a half days of cutting-edge marine science – right next to the sea! Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital Featured in Explore Magazine

UF Research recently featured the Sea Turtle Hospital in their magazine Explore. The article discusses fibropapillomatosis and how the viral disease is affecting sea turtles. Read More


Osborne Lab Manager Anna Thornton Featured in Daytona State College Magazine

Magazine Article

Congratulations to Osborne Lab Manager Anna Thornton who was recently featured in Daytona State College Magazine's Alumni Profiles. Anna graduated from Daytona State College before transferring to Stetson University where she earned her BS in Marine Biology. Read More


Whitney Research Village Designated a Certified Florida Green Home from the Florida Green Building Council

FGBC Certification

This is UF's first FGBC certification. The Research Village has achieved the requirements in energy efficiency, resource conservation, health and durability. Read More


Dr. Leonid Moroz Publishes New Paper in the Journal of Comparative Neurology

Dr. Leonid Moroz

Congratulations to Dr. Leonid Moroz, Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Genetics, Biology and Chemistry at the Whitney Laboratory, who recently published a paper in the Journal of Comparative Neurology titled "Atlas of the neuromuscular system in the Trachymedusa Aglantha digitale: Insights from the advanced hydrozoan." Read More


Evenings at Whitney Jan. 9

Akanyeti, Otar

The next Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience will be January 9, 2020, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Multidisciplinary Approach to Quantify Behavior: From Fish Locomotion to Stroke Recovery”. Otar Akanyeti, Ph.D., Lecturer in Computer Science at Aberystwyth University, will be the speaker. Read More


Congrats Whitney Gator Grads!

Graduation

Congratulations to Whitney Laboratory Gator Grads Dr. Alexis Lanza and Dr. Casandra Newkirk. We wish you the best in your scientific career and further pursuits in science! Read More


Lauren Kunselman joins the Seaver Lab

 Kunselman, Lauren

Please welcome Lauren Kunselman to Whitney Laboratory! She recently joined Dr. Elaine Seaver's lab as a graduate student. Read More


Evenings at Whitney Dec. 12

McClintock, James

The next Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience will be December 12, 2019, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “From Penguins to Plankton – The Dramatic Impacts of Climate Change on the Antarctic Peninsula”. Read More


Jessica Farrell and Alexis Lanza Receive Florida International Center Awards

Students

Congratulations to Whitney Laboratory Ph.D. candidate Jessica Farrell and recent Ph.D. graduate Alexis Lanza for receiving the University of Florida International Certificate of Excellence at the 2019 International Student Achievement Award Ceremony on November 19. Read More


Grateful Gator Day!

We are grateful gators! Thank you for all the ways you support and strengthen UF Whitney Laboratory’s Impact! Read More


Congratulations to Alexis Lanza of the Elaine Seaver Laboratory for successfully completing her PhD!

Alexis Lanza

Alexis graduated with a PhD in Zoology from the College of Arts and Sciences, and defended her dissertation on Halloween Day. The title of Alexis’s dissertation is ‘Insights into the role of TGF-beta superfamily signaling in annelid dorsal-ventral axis formation’. Read More


Casandra Newkirk of the Martindale Lab defends her PhD!

Cassandra Newkirk

On October 28th, Casandra Newkirk, a graduate student co-advised by Tom Frazer, Professor and Director of UF’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, (and the State of Florida’s first Chief Science Officer), and Mark Q. Martindale, Professor and Director of the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, gave her exit seminar entitled “Experimental system for the ecological and cellular study of cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis” and successfully earned her Ph.D. Read More


Whitney Online Store Now Open

Whitney Store

Want to purchase some Whitney Laboratory or Sea Turtle Hospital merch? Our online store is now open! Every purchase helps support the care of our sea turtles. Read More


Cassidy Manzonelli Joins the Schnitzler Lab

Manzonelli, Cassidy

Please welcome Cassidy Manzonelli to Whitney Laboratory! She recently joined Dr. Christine Schnitzler's lab as a lab technician. Read More


Sea Turtles Autumn and Dumbo Released Oct. 16 at River to Sea Preserve

Sea Turtle Release

Sea Turtles Autumn and Dumbo were released October 16 at River to Sea Preserve. Autumn came to us on the first day of fall after stranding in Huguenot Memorial Park. Dumbo came to us on Sunday, September 29th after a fisherman caught him on hook and line. Read More


Evenings at Whitney Nov. 14, 2019

 Smith, Clay.

The next Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience will be November 14, 2019, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Gene Therapy of Retinal Degeneration: What We Can Learn by Listening to the Biology of the Eye”. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Receives Proclamation from the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners

Whitney Proclamation

Thank you to the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners for the October 2019 proclamation recognizing Whitney Laboratory for its partnerships with St. Johns County and its efforts to study and protect marine life. Read More


Martindale Lab Publishes Paper in BMC Biology

 Ctenophore

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Martindale and Julia Ramon, who recently published a paper in BMC Biology titled "Regeneration in the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi occurs in the absence of a blastema, requires cell division, and is temporally separable from wound healing." Read More


Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Research Published in Testudo

Turtle

Congratulations to the Sea Turtle Hospital team, Veterinarian Brooke Burkhalter, Dr. Mark Martindale and Dr. David Duffy on their recent paper "Behaviour of juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas) before and after fibropapillomatosis tumour removal" in Testudo. Read More


Dr. Sandra Loesgen has new paper in the Journal of Natural Products

Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Loesgen, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Whitney Laboratory, who recently published a paper in the Journal of Natural Products titled "Polyketides from Marine-Derived Aspergillus porosus: Challenges and Opportunities for Determining Absolute Configuration." Read More


Dr. Christine Schnitzler and Dr. Elaine Seaver Receive National Science Foundation EDGE Program Awards

SchnitzlerSeaver

Congratulations to Dr. Christine Schnitzler and Dr. Elaine Seaver for recently receiving National Science Foundation Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools (EDGE) Program Awards. Read More


Welcome Dr. Radim Zidek to Whitney Laboratory

 Zidek, Radim

Please welcome Dr. Radim Zidek to Whitney Laboratory! Radim joins the Martindale Lab as a Research Scholar where he will investigate the formation of body axes in cnidarians, acoels and other early branching marine invertebrates in order to achieve better understanding of the evolution of animal body plans. Read More


Dr. Elaine Seaver has New Paper in Developmental Biology

 Capitella teleta larva

Animals use their eyes to detect light. How do eyes develop? Are there similarities in how eyes develop in different animals? The Seaver lab recently published a paper investigating for the first time the role of a gene called pax6 in eye development in the marine worm Capitella teleta. Read More


Welcome New Faculty Dr. James Strother and lab to Whitney Laboratory

Strother Lab

Please welcome Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr. James Strother, and his lab to Whitney Laboratory! The Strother Lab is interested in questions at the interface between neurobiology and physiology using fishes as model organisms. His lab focuses on understanding processes at multiple levels of organization, from the properties of individual cells to the responses of the whole animal. Read More


Welcome New Faculty Dr. Sandra Loesgen and lab members to Whitney

Loesgen Lab

Please welcome Associate Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Sandra Loesgen, and her lab to Whitney! The Loesgen Lab is focused on understanding the diversity and bioactivity of the chemicals produced by microorganisms, with an emphasis on compounds with medical applications. They employ a multi-disciplinary approach to isolate compounds produced by under-explored groups of microorganisms, and identify chemicals with anticancer, antibacterial, or antiviral activity. Read More


Evenings at Whitney Oct. 10, 2019

KSHV replication in B cell lymphoma

The next Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience will be October 10, 2019, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Of Viruses That Cause Cancer, and Genes That Do Not Make Proteins”. Rolf Renne, Ph.D., Professor at the University of Florida, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, will discuss how human viruses and specifically herpesviruses contribute to a wide range of human cancers. Read More


Whitney on the River K-12 Program Fundraiser Oct. 22

This fall fundraiser benefits UF Whitney Laboratory’s K-12 Education Program, which focuses on STEM Education for students from seven area counties, including the Putnam 3rd Grade Initiative. Whitney Laboratory researchers will share some amazing marine creatures and discuss research at the lab while guests tour the St. Johns River Center! Read More


Katie Feerst Joins the Seaver Lab

Feerst, Katie

Please welcome Katie Feerst to Whitney Laboratory! She recently joined Dr. Elaine Seaver's lab as a lab technician. Read More


Brent Foster Joins the Martindale Lab

 Foster, Brent.

Please welcome Brent Foster to Whitney Laboratory! He recently joined Dr. Mark Martindale's lab as a lab technician. Read More


Dr. James Liao in Hakai Magazine

James Liao, Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. James Liao who was recently featured in Hakai Magazine, as part of their Coastal Jobs Series. Read More


Dr. Lexi Duscher Joins the Schnitzler Lab

Lexi Duscher

Please welcome Dr. Lexi Duscher to Whitney Laboratory! Dr. Duscher joins Dr. Christine Schnitzler's lab where she looks forward to expanding her molecular and microscopy skills using the Hydractinia model system and potentially focusing on the immune system’s involvement in stem cell regeneration. Read More


Mackenzie Simon-Collins, 2019 Cliff Townsend Scholar

Townsend Scholar

For a recent Nease high school graduate, the summer of 2019 was spent immersed in marine research at the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. Mackenzie Simon-Collins, who will attend Johns Hopkins University in the fall, received the Whitney Laboratory’s Cliff Townsend Family Scholarship. Read More


Dr. Allison Edgar joins the Martindale Lab

Allison Edgar

Please welcome Dr. Allison Edgar to Whitney Laboratory! She recently joined Dr. Mark Martindale's lab where she will work with a variety of marine invertebrates to examine the evolution of gene expression in early development. Read More


Welcome: Shawn Ashley

Shawn Ashley

Please welcome Shawn Ashley to Whitney Laboratory! Shawn is Whitney Lab’s new maintenance mechanic. Read More


Welcome to Whitney Lab, Dr. Leonardo Ibarra-Castro!

 Ibarra-Castro, Leonardo

Please welcome Research Assistant Scientist Dr. Leonardo Ibarra-Castro to Whitney Laboratory! Dr. Ibarra will be working toward developing Whitney's Marine Hatchery Program. Read More


Congratulations to Jennifer Ortiz, 2019 REU Poster Contest Winner!

Faculty with Student

Congratulations to Jennifer Ortiz for being selected as the 2019 Whitney Laboratory REU Program’s poster contest winner. Jennifer worked with Dr. Joseph Ryan, assistant professor of biology at Whitney Laboratory, this summer during the program. Read More


Caleb Bostwick of Moroz Lab Completes PhD

Caleb Bostwick

Congratulations Caleb Bostwick of the Leonid Moroz Laboratory for completing your PhD! Caleb graduated with a PhD in Biomedical Sciences with Neuroscience Concentration and did his research in Leonid Moroz’ Lab at Whitney Laboratory. Read More


Evenings at Whitney Sept. 12, 2019

Shipwreck

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series returns for the fall season on September 12 at 7 p.m. with the program “Wonderful Wooden Wrecks and the Mysteries Within” presented by Brendan Burke, Associate Director of Archaeology at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Read More


Registration for the seventh annual Science by the Shore Symposium now open

Whitney CMS

Open to all scientific disciplines, this student and post-doc symposium will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019, at the UF Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience in St. Augustine, Florida. Enjoy a Saturday filled with casual research discussion and presentations, friendly competition, sunshine, tours, and the beach. Read More


Dr. Christine Schnitzler has new paper in Science

Dr. Christine Schnitzler

In a study appearing in Science, Christine Schnitzler, Assistant Professor of Biology, Whitney Lab, UF, and her colleagues from the University of California-Davis and Harvard University used single-cell sequencing techniques to explore the genetic trajectory for nearly 25,000 Hydra cells. Read More


Dr. Joseph Ryan Publishes Paper in GigaScience

 Box_Stalked_UpsideDown credit: Joseph Ryan

Congratulations to Whitney Laboratory's Dr. Joseph Ryan for his recent publication in Gigascience. A international collaboration involving 8 institutions led by Joseph Ryan at the Whitney Laboratory describes sequencing and analyses of genomes of three disparate jellyfish species: a box jellyfish (Alatina alata), a stalked jellyfish (Calvadosia cruxmelitensis), and an upside down jellyfish (Cassiopea xamachana). Read More


Welcome Amy Biedenbach to Whitney Laboratory

 Amy Biedenbach

We are pleased to announce that Amy Biedenbach has joined Whitney Laboratory as our new Education Program Coordinator. Read More


Taryn Chaya Joins the Osborne Lab

Taryn Chaya

Please welcome Taryn Chaya to Whitney Laboratory! Taryn recently joined Dr. Todd Osborne’s lab, working on a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology. She will be working on the iCoast project, maintaining the advanced water sensors in the intracoastal, while collecting and analyzing the ensuing data. Read More


New Van for Whitney's Traveling Zoo School Program

Traveling Zoo Van

The Whitney Laboratory's Traveling Zoo School Program has a new van thanks to a generous donation! The Traveling Zoo school program takes a suite of marine animals to local K-3 classes. Read More


Sea Turtle Mantis Released July 16 at Wilbur-by-the-Sea in Volusia County

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle Mantis was released Tuesday July 16 at Wilbur-by-the-Sea in Volusia County. Mantis was recovered on the beach of Ponce Inlet and came to us with a very interesting story. Read More


Congratulations to the 2019 Carl and Marcella Matthaei Scholar

Man

The Carl and Marcella Matthaei Ecological Scholarship Fund at the Whitney Laboratory provides support for University of Florida scientists-in-training to have access to the Matanzas River Basin, where they can engage in its biodiversity, ecology, and conservation. Read More


Liao Lab Publishes Paper The pursuit strategy of predatory bluefish

How do bigger fish attack and capture smaller fish? Or for that matter, your fishing lure? The Liao Laboratory, in collaboration with colleagues at UC Irvine, set out to investigate and found that local predatory bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) cannot anticipate intercepting their fleeing prey, mudminnows (Fundulus heteroclitus). Read More


iCoast Initiative collaboration to help coastal communities featured in Explore Magazine

The UF Office of Research recently featured the iCoast Initiative in their magazine Explore. Explore Magazine engages readers in the journey of scientific discovery, scholarship and creativity at the University of Florida. Read More


Dr. Brooke Burkhalter Authors Chapter in Book Laser Surgery in Veterinary Medicine

Laser Surgery in Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Brooke Burkhalter, Sea Turtle Hospital Veterinarian, and colleagues recently published the book, Laser Surgery in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Burkhalter and Dr. Terry Norton authored the chapter "Laser Surgery in Aquatic Animals (Sea Turtles)" in Part IV Laser Surgery in Exotics Species. Read More


Sea Turtle Kadarius Released June 27 at Gamble Rodgers State Park

Sea Turtle

Kadarius was released back home to the Atlantic Ocean on June 27th at Gamble Rogers State Park. Kadarius was recovered by a fisherman who found him floating in Ponce Inlet on January 24th, 2018. Read More


Whitney's Todd Osborne Promoted to University of Florida Associate Professor of Biogeochemistry with Tenure

Dr. Todd Osborne

We are pleased to announce that Whitney Faculty Dr. Todd Osborne was granted promotion and tenure by the University of Florida Board of Trustees to Associate Professor of Biogeochemistry. Read More


Seaver Lab Publishes Paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Congratulations to the Seaver Lab for the recent paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B titled "CRISPR/CAS9 mutagenesis of a single r-opsin gene blocks phototaxis in a marine larva." Read More


Clark Morgan Joins the Liao Lab

Clark Morgan

Please welcome Clark Morgan to Whitney Laboratory! He recently joined Dr. James Liao's lab as a research technician and will be leading the red drum acoustic telemetry project, which will focus on investigating migration and habitat utilization patterns of adult red drum in St. Augustine waters. Read More


Dr. Liao Receives UF Office of Research Award

James Liao, Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. Jimmy Liao for recently receiving a UF Office of Research Award. Two out of only fifteen funded UF Office of Research awards were made to Whitney Laboratory faculty's research - both awards are collaborative with other colleges on campus! Read More


Sea Turtle Discovery Day on June 15

The Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Hospital along with Sea Turtle Conservancy will hold Sea Turtle Discovery Day at the Whitney Laboratory on Saturday, June 15. Read More


Whitney Graduate Student Association Elects New Officers

Group of students

Congratulations to Whitney Laboratory’s newly elected graduate student officers. We hope it is a successful year for the Whitney Graduate Student Association! Read More


Dr. Martindale and Dr. Schnitzler receive UF Office of Research Award

Two people

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Martindale and Dr. Christine Schnitzler for recently receiving a UF Office of Research Award. Two out of only fifteen funded UF Office of Research awards were made to Whitney Laboratory faculty's research - both awards are collaborative with other colleges on campus! Read More


Welcome: Collin Blakney

Collin Blakney

Please welcome Collin Blakney to Whitney Laboratory. Collin is Whitney Lab’s new maintenance mechanic. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital Awarded Grant from Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program to Support Onsite X-Ray Equipment

turtle license plate

The University of Florida Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce that it received a grant starting in May for $16,695 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. Read More


Welcome 2019 REU Summer Interns!

Group of students

Welcome to the 2019 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer interns! Funded by the National Science Foundation, this year's summer program offers seven students the opportunity to participate in scientific research at Whitney Laboratory. Read More


Welcome: Gianna Stewart

Gianna Stewart

Please welcome Gianna Stewart back to Whitney Laboratory! Gianna will be assisting with animal husbandry and other lab tasks for the Seaver Lab this summer. Read More


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

Clams

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

Woman

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

Jellyfish

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


First Whitney Research Village Cottage Goes Solar

Cottage with Solar

We are starting our solar journey! The first Whitney Research Village Cottage, the Trustee Cottage (Jellyfish Residence), now has solar. We hope to have all solar cottages by next year. Read More


Casandra Newkirk shares her research with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis during University of Florida visit

Group discussion

Prior to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' press conference, Ph.D. candidate Casandra Newkirk of the Whitney Laboratory Martindale lab and other UF student researchers participated in a roundtable discussion with Governor DeSantis and UF President Kent Fuchs. Read More


Eric Cochran Named to Whitney Laboratory Board of Trustees

Eric Cochran

Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce that Eric Cochran has joined its Board of Trustees. Read More


Sea Turtle Holly Released April 18 at Ponce Inlet

Sea Turtle

Holly stranded in Ponce Inlet in Volusia County during the holiday season, which led this sea turtle to be named Holly. Upon arrival to the Sea Turtle Hospital, Holly was a cold stun and suffering from a mild case of fibropapillomatosis. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Showcases Matanzas Biodiversity Touchscreen in West Palm Beach

On March 23 Whitney Laboratory showcased the Matanzas Biodiversity Journey Touchscreen that was created by the Whitney Laboratory and installed at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach. Over 65 people attended and speakers included Dr. James Liao, Dr. Mark Martindale, Leslie Randolph, Lew Crampton and Jessica Long. Thank you to Leslie and Skip Randolph and the event committee for a great welcome in Palm Beach County! Read More


Whitney Laboratory to Hold Oyster Gardening Workshops

Oyster Cages off Dock

Whitney Laboratory is seeking volunteers to become oyster gardeners as part of the lab’s oyster restoration initiative. Gardeners will grow, maintain and record data on their oyster habitats for one year, then return the oysters to the lab for use in restoration projects. Read More


Next Evenings at Whitney on May 9, 2019

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience returns on May 9, 2019, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Florida and Water: A History.” Steven Noll, master lecturer at the University of Florida in the Department of History, will talk about the relationship between humans and water throughout Florida history. Read More


Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History exhibit “Florida’s Deadliest Insects” Showcases Dr. Paul Linser

MOSH Exhibit

The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) in Jacksonville is now displaying a “Florida’s Deadliest Insects” panel exhibit that gets up close and personal with mosquitoes in their larval and adult stages and discusses how they transmit such disease-causing viruses as West Nile and Zika. Read More


Welcome: Phil Cubbedge

Phil Cubbedge

Please welcome Phil Cubbedge, who joins the Whitney Laboratory to assist with oyster and clam restoration projects. Read More


Sea Turtle Hartley Released April 3 in the Indian River Lagoon

Sea Turtle

Hartley was found floating in the Indian River Lagoon, unable to completely dive due to buoyancy issues. Upon arrival, this sea turtle had a severe case of FP tumors on both eyes, both front flippers, neck, shell and had a thin body condition. Read More


Welcome to Whitney Lab, Ashley!

Ashley Taylor

Please welcome Ashley Taylor to Whitney Laboratory as the Sea Turtle Hospital's Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in marine biology. Read More


Briana Schaffner joins the Sea Turtle Hospital

Woman

Please welcome Briana Schaffner to Whitney Laboratory as the Sea Turtle Hospital's Animal Care Technician. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences from Florida Atlantic University with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine. Read More


Evenings at Whitney on April 11, 2019

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience returned on April 11, 2019, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “A Deep Dive Into the Past, Present and Future of Sea-Level Rise Along the Florida Coast.” Andrea Dutton, associate professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Geological Sciences, talked about sea-level rise and the long-term and short-term future of the Florida coastline. Read More


Registration Open for 2019 Marine Biology and Sea Turtle Summer Camps

Registration is now open for the 2019 Whitney Laboratory Marine Biology and Sea Turtle Summer Camps Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital on Action News Jax

Sea Turtle with Barnacles

The UF Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Hospital discusses sea turtle strandings and what you can do on Action News Jax. Read More


Welcome Emily Gordon to Whitney Laboratory

Emily Gordon

We are pleased to announce that Emily Gordon has joined Whitney Laboratory as our new development coordinator. Read More


Whitney Lab Represented at TEDx in Gainesville

Whitney Lab represented at TEDx in Gainesville at the CADE museum. In the session, Modern Explorers Graduate Student Jessica Welpley and Associate Professor James Liao led roundtable discussions on what it means to be an explorer in science. Read More


Recent Publication in Communications Biology Shares Sea Turtle Research by Dr. David Duffy and Dr. Mark Martindale

Congratulations to Dr. David Duffy, courtesy faculty at Whitney Lab, and Dr. Mark Martindale, director and professor of biology at Whitney Lab, for their recent publication in Communications Biology titled “Perspectives on the expansion of human precision oncology and genomic approaches to sea turtle fibropapillomatosis.” Read More


Evenings at Whitney on March 14, 2019

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience returned on March 14, 2019, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Resilience and Restoration of Coastal Ecosystems in a Changing Climate.” Christine Angelini, assistant professor in environmental engineering sciences at the University of Florida, talked about the valuable services that vegetated coastal ecosystems - marshes, mangroves and sand dunes - as well as oyster reefs provide to the overall environment. Read More


Moroz Lab Publishes two Articles, Including One Cover Article

Congratulations to Dr. Leonid Moroz and the Moroz Lab for two recent publications in The Journal of Comparative Neurology. Read More


Welcome: Christine Brennan

Woman

We are pleased to announce that Christine Brennan has joined Whitney Laboratory as our new IT Professional. Read More


Summer Intern Studied Hermit Crab Behavior

Holly Keepers, one of our summer interns, shared about her experience here at Whitney Lab in a blog post. During her time at Whitney Lab, Holly studied hermit crab behavior and how the hermit crabs were affected by noise pollution. Read More


The UF Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience Celebrates New Housing and is Expanding Marine Research Laboratory and Sea Turtle Hospital

Whitney supporters, public officials and the University Florida Provost Dr. Joseph Glover joined the UF Whitney Laboratory faculty, students and staff on Dec. 8, 2018, at a ribbon cutting for the new Whitney Research Village. The Whitney is a research institute of the University of Florida established in 1974 on the shores of the intracoastal waterway on the border of St. Johns and Flagler counties. Read More


Evenings at Whitney on Feb. 14, 2019

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience returned on Feb. 14, 2019, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Saving an Endangered Species: The Life and Lore of the Sturgeon.” Frank Chapman, associate professor of the Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida, talked about the unique characteristics of the sturgeon, a species of fish that has been in existence for more than 160 million years. Read More


Whitney Lab Participates in St. Augustine Film Festival

This Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, Whitney Laboratory will be tabling and supporting a free event to kick off the St. Augustine Film Festival. Read More


Mark McGowan Named to Whitney Laboratory Board of Trustees

Mark McGowan

Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce that Mark McGowan has joined its Board of Trustees. Read More


Lost Springs Concert & Documentary

Join the Gamble Rogers Concert Series for this event at the Whitney Laboratory Lohman Auditorium on Jan. 19, 2019, at 7 p.m. Read More


Evenings at Whitney on Jan. 10, 2019

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience returned for the spring season on Jan. 10, 2019, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Engineering 'Selfish' Genes in Mice: Benefits and Risks.” Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital Staff and Researchers Present at Florida Keys Sea Turtle Workshop

This year staff and researchers of the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab were proud to present at the Florida Keys Sea Turtle Workshop held the first weekend in December. Read More


Welcome Alicia Boyd to Whitney Laboratory

Alicia Boyd

Please welcome Alicia Boyd to Whitney Laboratory! She recently joined Dr. Elaine Seaver’s lab to study regeneration in Capitella teleta. Read More


WHITNEY RESEARCH VILLAGE RIBBON CUTTING & GRAND OPENING

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Whitney Research Village Ribbon Cutting - Grand Opening on Dec. 8, 2018. This project of six sustainably built cottages supported by the Florida Legislature, private donors and the University of Florida expands our campus by 24 beds. Read More


Liao Lab Publishes Paper in Journal of Experimental Biology

Models of Fish Heads

Congratulations to the Liao Lab for the recent paper published in the Journal of Experimental Biology titled “Head width influences flow sensing by the lateral line canal system in fishes.” Read More


Gators Give Thanks Day

Collage of people

It’s Gators Give Thanks Day! Thank you for all the ways you support and strengthen UF Whitney Laboratory’s impact! Read More


Evenings at Whitney on Dec. 13, 2018

The fall Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience returned on Dec. 13, 2018, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Ecosystem Challenges in Florida: The Diadema Story (A Case Study…).” Ruth Francis-Floyd, professor and extension veterinarian of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida, talked about the complex challenges of assessing health in Florida’s changing ecosystems. Read More


Welcome: Gail White

Gail White

We are pleased to announce that Gail White has joined Whitney Laboratory as our new events coordinator. Read More


Danielle Fraser Named to Whitney Laboratory Board of Trustees

Danielle Fraser

Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce that Danielle Fraser has joined its Board of Trustees. Read More


Solar Simulator at Whitney Laboratory

We have a new instrument here at Whitney Laboratory! The Atlas CPS+ is an all-wave solar simulator that allows us to simulate natural sunlight in the laboratory and manipulate the different portions of the spectrum for experimental purposes. Read More


The Whitney Lecture in St. Augustine and Gainesville

The Whitney Lecture, an annual science event hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, brings renowned scientists to St. Augustine and Gainesville to share significant research and contributions to society. This year’s topic took a deep look at the discoveries of science and how simple but important questions matter for human health and the health of the planet. The St. Augustine lecture took place on Nov. 15, 2018, at 7 p.m. at Whitney Laboratory. The Gainesville lecture took place on Nov. 16, 2018, at noon at the University of Florida McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Selected in University-Wide Initiative to Tackle the World’s Largest Problems

A UF News story titled “UF launches bold initiative to tackle society’s biggest problems,” shares about the University of Florida’s goal of improving life today through this initiative that involves comprehensive research and collaboration. Whitney Laboratory is involved in one of the initiative's projects. Read More


Whitney on the River NEW Date Nov. 6

This fall fundraiser benefits UF Whitney Laboratory’s K-12 Education Program, which focuses on STEM Education for students from seven area counties, including the Putnam 3rd Grade Initiative. Whitney Laboratory researchers will share some amazing marine creatures and discuss research at the lab while guests tour the St. Johns River Center! Read More


Open Studio Exhibit Benefiting Whitney Lab Oyster Restoration Initiative on Nov. 8

New date! Please join us for an Open Studio Exhibit with artist Jenna Alexander on Nov. 8 from 5-8 p.m. The event will benefit the Whitney Laboratory Oyster Restoration Initiative. Read More


Welcome Dr. Fredrik Hugosson to Whitney Laboratory

Fredrik Hugosson

Please welcome Dr. Fredrik Hugosson to Whitney Laboratory! Fredrik is a molecular biologist whose main research interest is to understand cell signaling during development. Read More


Whitney Oyster Workshop for "New" Gardeners on Oct. 25

Become an oyster gardener! The University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is seeking volunteers to become oyster gardeners as part of the lab’s oyster restoration initiative. Read More


Evenings at Whitney on Oct. 11

The Oct. 11, 2018, lecture in the fall Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience took place at 7 p.m. and was titled “Many Ways to Regenerate: Cell Fate Plasticity and Migratory Stem Cells in Marine Hydroids.” Christine Schnitzler, assistant professor of biology at Whitney Laboratory, talked about her work that looks at the multiple ways marine hydroids, small colony-forming invertebrates that commonly grow as polyps, regenerate or regrow tissues. Read More


Jessica Whelpley Featured in Fearless Science Article

Congratulations to Jessica Whelpley, graduate student at Whitney Laboratory, for being highlighted in the article titled Fearless Science by UF News. Read More


Martindale Lab Publishes Paper in Journal of Experimental Marine Biology

Congratulations to Casandra Newkirk, graduate student at Whitney Laboratory, and Mark Martindale, director at Whitney Laboratory, on the recently published paper in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. Read More


Congratulations to 2018 Cliff Townsend High School Scholar Robie Carrascosa

Congratulations to Robie Carrascosa who served as the Cliff Townsend High School Scholar at Whitney Laboratory this summer. Read More


Congratulations to 2018 Carl and Marcella Matthaei Ecological Scholarship Fund Recipient Emily Sharkey

The Carl and Marcella Matthaei Ecological Scholarship Fund at the Whitney Laboratory provides support for University of Florida scientists-in-training to have access to the Matanzas River Basin, where we can engage in its biodiversity, ecology and conservation. Read More


Nature Article Highlights Dr. Mark Martindale's Work

Confocal micrograph of a tentacle of a juvenile Florida Pleurobrachia ctenophore stained for filamentous actin (green) and neurons (red)

A recent article in Nature titled What is a Lab Animal? shares information about using marine models and ctenophores in research. Read More


Welcome Home to Seafoam and Gene Johnson

Seafoam and Gene Johnson, patients of the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory, were released back home to the Atlantic Ocean on August 14, 2018. Read More


Welcome: Ricky Morais

Ricky Morais

Please welcome Ricky Morais to Whitney Laboratory! Ricky is Whitney Lab’s new nighttime custodial worker. Read More


Todd Osborne Receives 2018 University of Florida Water Institute Faculty Fellowship

Congratulations to Todd Osborne, assistant professor of biogeochemistry at Whitney Laboratory, for being selected as a 2018 University of Florida Water Institute Faculty Fellow. Read More


Congratulations to Alex Wyeth, 2018 REU Poster Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Alex Wyeth for being selected as the 2018 Whitney Laboratory REU Program’s poster contest winner. Read More


Science by the Shore: Sept. 22, 2018

The graduate students of the UF Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience would like to invite you to our sixth annual Science by the Shore Symposium (formerly biology at the beach), which is open to all scientific disciplines. Read More


Evenings at Whitney on Sept. 13: Sharks and Rays on the Brink – Half a Billion Years of Innovation Under Threat

Gavin Naylor

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned for the fall season on Sept. 13, 2018, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Sharks and Rays on the Brink - Half a Billion Years of Innovation Under Threat.” Read More


Martindale Lab Publishes Paper in eLife

Congratulations to the Martindale Lab for the recent article published in eLife titled “Germ layer specific regulation of cell polarity and adhesion gives insight into the evolution of mesoderm.” The authors are Miguel Salinas-Saavedra, graduate student at Whitney Laboratory, Amber Rock, REU 2016 Whitney Laboratory summer intern and Choose Development! Fellow from the Society of Developmental Biology, and Mark Martindale, director at Whitney Laboratory. Read More


The Sea Turtle at Whitney Laboratory Featured in UF at Work

The work by the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory team was featured in an article by UF at Work. The article is titled “The Whitney Lab Sea Turtle Hospital: Helping some of Florida’s endangered residents heal and head back home.” Read More


Welcome Justin Waletich to Whitney Laboratory!

Justin Waletich

Justin joins Whitney Lab as a PhD student in Dr. Christine Schnitzler’s lab. His research will focus on stem cells and regenerative biology using Hydractinia as a model system. Read More


Martindale Lab Publishes Paper in Nature’s Protocol Exchange

Mark Martindale, director and professor of biology at Whitney Lab, and Miguel Salinas-Saavedra, graduate student at Whitney Lab, recently published a paper in Nature’s Protocol Exchange. Read More


Liao Lab Publishes Paper in Integrative & Comparative Biology

Dr. Otar Akanyeti and Dr. James Liao

Congratulations to James Liao and Otar Akanyeti for authoring the paper titled “Behavior, Electrophysiology and Robotics Experiments to Study Lateral Line Sensing in Fishes.” Read More


Article Written by Graduate Student Jessica Farrell Receives National Press

An article written by Jessica Farrell, graduate student here at Whitney Lab, was written for The Conversation and picked up by Smithsonian.com. Read More


A Day in the Life of the Seaver Lab

Have you ever wondered what a day is like working in one of the labs at Whitney Laboratory? Read More


Registration Now Open for Cnidofest 2018

Cnidofest 2018: The Cnidarian Model Systems Meeting is scheduled for Sept. 6-9, 2018, at Whitney Laboratory. Registration is now open until Aug. 1. Abstracts are due July 15. Read More


Welcome: Patrick Thompson

We are pleased to announce that Patrick Thompson has joined Whitney Laboratory as our new operations manager. Patrick will be managing our fiscal, human resources and other key operations and planning responsibilities for the lab. Read More


Roxane R. Kennedy Named to Whitney Laboratory Board of Trustees

Roxane Kennedy

Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce that Roxane R. Kennedy has joined its Board of Trustees. Kennedy brings extensive experience to the board while also being a fellow Gator, graduating from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Read More


New Walkway on Whitney Laboratory Campus

There’s a new walkway on the Whitney Laboratory campus that now connects the lab building, Sea Turtle Hospital buildings and Center for Marine Studies (CMS) building. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Supporter and Volunteer Nancy Condron Featured in UF Advancement Story

The article titled “Spirit of the Deep Blue Sea” by University of Florida Advancement shares the story of Nancy Condron, a Florida Gator, and her continued support of Whitney Laboratory and the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory. Read More


Ryan Lab Publishes Paper in PeerJ

The Ryan Lab published the paper titled "Horizontally transferred genes in the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi" today in PeerJ. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Director Mark Martindale Spoke at Regenerative Medicine UF Summit on June 15

Dr. Mark Martindale

Mark Martindale, director at Whitney Laboratory, spoke at the inaugural Regenerative Medicine UF Summit on June 15, 2018, at the Harrell Medical Education Building. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory Awarded Grant from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program

Sea Turtle License Plate

The University of Florida Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce that it received a grant starting in May for $20,581 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. Read More


Evenings at Whitney on June 14: Emerging Research and Conservation of Sea Turtles - in Honor of World Sea Turtle Day

The spring Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory concluded on June 14, 2018, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Emerging Research and Conservation of Sea Turtles - in Honor of World Sea Turtle Day.” With a nod to World Sea Turtle Day on the Saturday following the lecture, a panel of experts on sea turtle research and conservation provided an interactive lecture. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Research in the Media

Cutting-edge research by Dr. David Duffy, courtesy faculty at Whitney Laboratory and former postdoc in the Martindale Lab, and the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory team has been covered by multiple publications, including UF News and Science. Read More


Seaver Lab Has New Paper in Developmental Biology

In a recent study "in press" in the journal Developmental Biology, the Seaver Lab investigated the germline in the marine annelid worm Capitella teleta. Read More


Seaver Lab Article Featured on Cover of Regeneration

A Seaver Lab article is featured on the cover of the journal Regeneration! The Seaver lab was invited to provide an image from its recently published article. Read More


Welcome, 2018 REU Summer Interns!

Welcome to the 2018 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer interns! Funded by the National Science Foundation, this year's summer program offers nine students the opportunity to participate in scientific research at Whitney Laboratory. Read More


Jessica Farrell Receives Friends of Gumbo Limbo Gordon Gilbert Graduate Research Grant

Jessica Farrell

Congratulations to Jessica Farrell, graduate student in the Martindale Lab, for receiving a Friends of Gumbo Limbo Gordon Gilbert Graduate Research Grant. Read More


Martindale Lab Publishes Article in Nature Communications

The Martindale Lab's work was recently published in Nature Communications. Read More


Seaver Lab Paper Published in Developmental Biology

Congratulations to the Seaver Lab for its paper published in the recent issue of Developmental Biology. Read More


Jessica Whelpley Receives UF Biodiversity Institute Graduate Fellowship

Jessica Whelpley

Congratulations to Jessica Whelpley, graduate student in the Ryan Lab, for receiving a University of Florida Biodiversity Institute Graduate Fellowship. Read More


Congratulations, Miguel Salinas-Saavedra!

Miguel Salinas

Congratulations to Miguel Salinas-Saavedra, graduate student in the Martindale Lab, for being awarded travel funds from the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for a talk he will be giving at the European Evo-Devo meeting in Galway, Ireland this June. Read More


Welcome Home, Tater Tot!

We are pleased to announce that Tater Tot was released on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 12 p.m. at the River to Sea Preserve public beach. Read More


Whitney Lab's Todd Osborne Honored with Excellence Award for Assistant Professors

Congratulations to Dr. Todd Osborne, assistant professor of biogeochemistry at Whitney Lab, for receiving the Excellence Award for Assistant Professors of the University of Florida. A four-member committee reviewed the nominations, and the honor was awarded based on quality and innovativeness of the research. Read More


Welcome: Dr. Camille Enjolras

Camille Enjolras

Please welcome Dr. Camille Enjolras to Whitney Laboratory! Camille is a geneticist and developmental biologist whose main research interest is to better understand animal biology. Read More


Welcome: Dr. Gonzalo Quiroga Artigas

Gonzalo Quiroga Artigas

Please welcome Dr. Gonzalo Quiroga Artigas to Whitney Laboratory! Gonzalo is a developmental biologist whose main research interest is animal regeneration and its evolution. Read More


May 10 Evenings at Whitney - Ex Uno Plures and E Pluribus Unum: Competition and Collaboration in the Microbial World

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on May 10, 2018, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Ex Uno Plures and E Pluribus Unum: Competition and Collaboration in the Microbial World.” Read More


Whitney Lab Graduate Students Casandra Newkirk and Bailey Steinworth Contribute to New Published Paper

Congratulations to Whitney Lab Graduate Students Casandra Newkirk (IFAS, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences program) and Bailey Steinworth (CLAS, Department of Biology) for their contribution to a new paper, “Upside-Down but headed in the Right Direction: Review of the Highly Versatile Cassiopea xamachana System,” published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (vol 6, 35). Read More


Whitney Lab's Adam Pacetti Awarded UF Superior Accomplishment Award

Congratulations to Adam Pacetti, maintenance supervisor, for receiving the University of Florida Superior Accomplishment Award. Read More


Alexandra Hernandez Awarded National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Alexandra Hernandez, graduate student of the Ryan Lab at Whitney Lab, for receiving the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship. Read More


Upcoming Oyster Gardener Workshops

Whitney Lab is seeking volunteers to become oyster gardeners as part of the lab’s oyster restoration initiative. Read More


Registration Open for Sea Turtle Summer Camp

Spots are still available for the 2018 Sea Turtle Summer Camp. Read More


Evenings at Whitney on April 12: Immunotherapy Approaches to Cancer Therapy

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on April 12, 2018, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Immunotherapy Approaches to Cancer Therapy.” Read More


Welcome Anna Thornton to Whitney Laboratory!

Anna Thornton

Please welcome Anna Thornton to Whitney Laboratory! Anna has a Bachelor of Science from Stetson University with a focus in marine biology. In her undergrad career she focused her research on the aerial respiration of the juvenile armored catfish (Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus). Read More


Welcome: Madison Skidmore

Madison Skidmore

Please welcome Madison Skidmore to Whitney Laboratory! Madison has a Bachelor's in Coastal Environmental Science and a Minor in Education from Flagler College. Read More


Article Published in Current Biology Features Work by Martindale Lab

Congratulations to the Martindale Lab for the recent article published in Current Biology. Read More


Whitney Lab REU Student Receives Award for Poster Presentation

Stephanie Neal with winning poster

Congratulations to one of Whitney Laboratory's 2017 REU students, Stephanie Neal, on her recent award for Best Student Poster Presentation in the Division of Evolutionary Developmental Biology at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) meeting. Read More


The March Evenings at Whitney Lecture featured the topic of Future Ready: STEM in Our Schools

Students with drone

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on March 8, 2018, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Future Ready: STEM in Our Schools.” Staff from the St. Johns County School District talked about STEM activities and initiatives that impact students from every level in the school system. Read More


Seaver Lab Work Featured in Developmental Biology

Polychaete Capitella teleta image on Developmental Biology cover

The current issue of Developmental Biology features a cover photo and paper from the Seaver Lab. Read More


Ryan Lab Outreach - 2018 Darwin Week

Dr. Joseph Ryan presenting to high school students

The Ryan Lab at Whitney Laboratory observed 2018 Darwin Week last week for the fourth straight year by going out and visiting area schools. Read More


Congratulations to Alexis Lanza and Alex Hernandez for Receiving Awards from UF’s Biology Graduate Student Association

Alexis Lanza, Alex Hernandez

Congratulations to Alexis Lanza and Alex Hernandez for each being honored with an award from the Graduate Student Association of the University of Florida Biology Department. Alexis received the Michael L. May Research Grant for her work titled “Insight into the mechanism of embryonic organizer activity in axis formation of annelids.” Read More


Parking at Whitney Lab

Parking Map

Parking at the Whitney Laboratory campus will be limited due to construction of the Research Village. The Research Village will be complete in winter 2018 and will reopen with additional parking. Please arrive early to lectures and events to allow time to find a place to park. Read More


Welcome Elisabeth Carter to Whitney Laboratory!

Elisabeth Carter

Please welcome Elisabeth Carter to Whitney Laboratory! Elisabeth Carter is a first-year PhD student at the University of Florida, and has joined Dr. Christine Schnitzler’s lab here at Whitney Laboratory. Elisabeth is originally from Georgia and received her BS from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Read More


Liao Lab Research Published in PNAS and Featured in UF News Video

Dr. Jimmy Liao and tank

Congratulations to the Liao Lab at Whitney Laboratory for its research being featured in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). Read More


Next Evenings at Whitney on Feb. 8 – From Planarians to Parasites: Stem Cells and Developmental Plasticity in Flatworms

Sporocyst

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returns on Feb. 8, 2018, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “From Planarians to Parasites: Stem Cells and Developmental Plasticity in Flatworms.” Read More


Kaylee has Joined the Whitney Lab Team!

Kaylee August

Please welcome Kaylee to Whitney Laboratory! Kaylee is a second-year master’s student from the Soil and Water Sciences Department. She is joining Dr. Osborne’s lab as a graduate student until summer of 2018. Read More


Welcome to Whitney Lab, Julia!

Julia Ramon

Please welcome Julia Ramon to Whitney Laboratory! Julia is a recently graduated biologist student coming from Barcelona who is joining Dr. Martindale’s lab as a research scholar for the next seven months. Read More


Jan. 20: Gamble Rogers Concert Series at Whitney Laboratory

David Mallett

David Mallett will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Lohman Auditorium at Whitney Lab as part of the Gamble Rogers Concert Series. Larry Magnum will open the concert. Tickets are available at www.gamblerogersfest.org. Singer-songwriter David Mallett, is one of America’s true original troubadours. Read More


Next Evenings at Whitney on Jan. 11 – Native Bees of North America: Who Are They, What Do They Do and How Can We Conserve Them?

Bee with flower

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returns with the program titled “Native Bees of North America: Who Are They, What Do They Do and How Can We Conserve Them?” on Jan. 11, 2018, at 7 p.m. Read More


Welcome: Dr. Linlin Zhang joins the Seaver Lab

Dr. Linlin Zhang

Please welcome Dr. Linlin Zhang to Whitney Laboratory! Linlin is an evolutionary biologist fascinated by animal diversity. Her research combines both experimental and computational approaches to investigate molecular genetic mechanisms of phenotypic divergence and adaptation. Read More


Welcome to the Whitney Lab!

Six people

Whitney Laboratory has several new faces this Fall! Please take a moment to read about our newest colleagues below, and join me in welcoming them to Whitney. Welcome, newcomers! Read More


Dr. Barbara Battelle Published Invited Review in Biological Bulletin’s Virtual Symposium: New Insights from Genetic Data Sets on the Function and Evolution of Visual Systems

Dr. Barbara Battelle

Whitney Lab Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience Barbara Battelle published an invited review in the Biological Bulletin’s Virtual Symposium: New Insights from Genetic Data Sets on the Function and Evolution of Visual Systems. Read More


Evenings at Whitney on Dec. 14 – Transformation and Conservation: Climate Change, Plant Diversity and the Southern Landscape

Pamela Soltis

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on Dec. 14, 2017, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Transformation and Conservation: Climate Change, Plant Diversity and the Southern Landscape.” Pamela Soltis, distinguished professor and curator of molecular systematics and evolutionary genetics in the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida Read More


Moroz Lab Awarded Human Frontier Science Program Grant

Dr. Leonid Moroz

Congratulations to the Moroz Lab at Whitney Lab for being awarded a grant from the Human Frontier Science Program. This highly prestigious four-year international program will study genomic bases of morphological innovations in Cephalopod mollusks. These “primates of the sea” include octopuses, squids, nautilus and their kins. Read More


Construction Launches at Whitney Laboratory to House More Student and Visiting Scientists

Group at Groundbreaking Ceremony

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Research Village at the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience took place on Dec. 2, 2017, from 11 a.m. to noon on the Whitney Laboratory campus, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd. Remarks were made by members of the Whitney Research Village Trustee Committee, Chair of the Whitney Trustee Board Kate Rowe and University of Florida Provost Joseph Glover. Read More


Jan. 25-26 North Florida Marine Science Symposium

Flyer for North Florida Marine Science Symposium

Join researchers, resource management agencies, and students for 1.5 days of cutting-edge marine science at the 2018 North Florida Marine Science Symposium on January 25-26, 2018 at the Whitney Laboratory. Read More


Whitney’s Liao Lab: Dr. Otar Akanyeti and Dr. James Liao Publish in Journal of Fluid Mechanics

Dr. Otar Akanyeti and Dr. James Liao

Dr. Otar Akanyeti (former Postdoctoral & Research Faculty of the Liao Lab, now faculty at Aberystwyth University, UK) and Dr. James Liao’s research paper in Journal of Fluid Mechanics focusing on a local Florida Jackfish’s movement was selected for the publication’s cover this month! Read More


VIDEO – Nov. 9 Evenings at Whitney: The Ever-Evolving Menace of Mosquitoes: Emerging Pathogens and New Technological Control Strategies

Diagram of mosquito

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on Nov. 9, 2017, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “The Ever-Evolving Menace of Mosquitoes: Emerging Pathogens and New Technological Control Strategies.” Read More


Leah Dannenberg Successfully Defends Master’s Degree

Group of people

Congratulations to Leah Dannenberg for successfully defending her master’s degree! Leah is a graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at the University of Florida with Elaine Seaver as her mentor. Read More


Dr. Paul Linser Editor in Chief of IJERPH Special Edition

Dr. Paul Linser

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Linser, professor of anatomy and cell biology, neuroscience, microbiology and cell science, entomology, and biology at Whitney Laboratory, for his work as editor in chief of a special edition of IJERPH Read More


Dr. Leonid Moroz and His Team Published Nature Ecology & Evolution Paper

Many ctenophores

Congratulations to University of Florida Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Genetics, Biology and Chemistry Leonid Moroz, members of his lab (Peter Williams, Tatiana P. Moroz, Krishanu Mukherjee) and Gustav Pauley from Florida Museum of Natural History for their recent breakthrough paper Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital Featured in Pelican Post

Article screenshot

The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab was featured in the Pelican Post‘s Fall 2017 issue. The article shared information about the hospital’s focus on rehabilitation, research and education. The article also talked about the achievements of the hospital in 2017. Read More


Oct. 13: Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science Social

Social invite graphic

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is hosting a social in partnership with Whitney Laboratory and University of Florida’s Biology Department at First Magnitude Brewing Company located at 1220 S.E. Veitch St. in Gainesville, Fla., on Friday, October 13 at 8 p.m. Read More


You’re Invited to Whitney on the River on Oct. 26

St. Johns River and tree branch

An Evening Overlooking the St. Johns River Please join us for an evening of marine science, hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and the beautiful St. Johns River. Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:30-7:30 p.m. St. Johns River Center 102 North 1st Street Palatka, Florida 32177 RSVP 386-329-0271 celebrate@whitney.ufl.edu Tickets are $50 per person. Read More


Oct. 12 Evenings at Whitney: Adventures in History

David Nolan

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on Oct. 12, 2017, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Adventures in History.” Read More


Dr. Leslie Babonis and Dr. Mark Martindale have New Paper in EvoDevo

Dr. Leslie Babonis and Dr. Mark Martindale

Congratulations to Whitney Laboratory’s Dr. Leslie Babonis, postdoctoral research associate, and Dr. Mark Martindale, director, for their recent publication in “EvoDevo” about their work involving the starlet sea anemone. The publication is titled “PaxA, but not PaxC, is required for cnidocyte development in the sea anemone.” Read More


Under the Sea Soiree on Sept. 23

Soiree invitation cover

Under the Sea Soiree Fundraiser: Celebrate Biodiversity with the Whitney Lab! Thank you so much for supporting the Lab at the Under the Sea Soiree! We raised over $16,000 and had $9,000 worth of donated items for the auction. Read More


Dr. Elaine Seaver has New Paper in Canadian Journal of Zoology

Dr. Elaine Seaver

Congratulations to Dr. Elaine Seaver, who has a new paper published online in the “Canadian Journal of Zoology.” The paper is a review that arose from an invitation for Dr. Seaver to speak at a symposium called “Spineless tales: development and evolution of invertebrates” co-sponsored by the Canadian Society of Zoologists and Canadian Science Publishing. Read More


Congratulations to Stephanie Neal, REU Poster Contest Winner!

Stephanie Neal with winning poster

Congratulations to Stephanie Neal for being selected as the 2017 Whitney Laboratory REU Program’s poster contest winner. The title of Stephanie’s winning poster is Functional investigation of opsin in Capitella teleta. Stephanie worked with Elaine Seaver, professor of biology at Whitney Laboratory, this summer during the program. Read More


Whitney Lab Represented by Three Faculty at International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology

At the Fourth International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology held August 18-23, 2017, in Moscow, Whitney Laboratory is represented by three faculty, including Dr. Mark Martindale, director and professor of biology, Dr. Christine Schnitzler, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Leonid Moroz, distinguished professor of neuroscience, genetics, biology and chemistry. Read More


Congratulations to the 2017 Carl and Marcella Matthaei Scholars

Two students

The Carl and Marcella Matthaei Ecological Scholarship Fund at the Whitney Laboratory provides support for University of Florida scientists-in-training to have access to the Matanzas River Basin, where we can engage in its biodiversity, ecology and conservation. Read More


Sea Turtles Mean Joe Green and Tamatoa Released on July 13

Sea Turtle Hospital volunteers holding two turtles

Mean Joe Green and Tamatoa were released on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the north end of Crescent Beach. Mean Joe Green stranded on Crescent Beach on Feb. 6, 2016. Joe was cold stunned and suffering from fibropapillomatosis (FP). Read More


Whitney Laboratory Program Funded by the National Science Foundation Has Been Welcoming Summer Interns for 30 Years

Group of students sitting on dock

This summer marks the 30th year that the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience has welcomed interns for its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program funded by the National Science Foundation. Read More


University of Florida News Interviews Mark Martindale about Starlet Sea Anemone Research

Nematostella

This University of Florida story interviews Mark Martindale, director of the Whitney Laboratory, about research on the starlet sea anemone. Genes known to form heart cells in humans and other animals are found in this sea anemone. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory Awarded Its First Research Grant from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program

Sea Turtle License Plate

The University of Florida Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce today, on World Sea Turtle Day, that it received a grant starting in May for $18,348 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. Read More


Welcome 2017 REU Summer Interns

Group of students on dock

Welcome to the 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) summer interns! Funded by the National Science Foundation, the summer program offers eight students the opportunity to participate in scientific research at Whitney Lab. Read More


Barnett the Sea Turtle Released in Salt Run on June 7

Turtle being released with group of people

We are pleased to announce that the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab released Barnett in Salt Run on June 7, 2017, in Anastasia State Park. A dedicated crowd of sea turtle enthusiasts attended the rainy release to wish Barnett well as he/she went back home. Read More


Whitney Lab Participates in First International Cassiopea Workshop

Whitney Lab “Team Cassiopea,” consisting of Graduate Student Casandra Newkirk, Graduate Student Bailey Steinworth and Postdoctoral Research Associate Leslie Babonis, traveled to the first international Cassiopea Workshop, which was held May 12-14, 2017, on Key Largo. Read More


Whitney Lab Attends 2017 Southeast Regional Society for Developmental Biology Meeting

Whitney Lab participated in the Southeast Regional Society for Developmental Biology Meeting held May 18-20, 2017, at Kennesaw State College in Georgia. The society encompasses seven states in the Southeastern United States. Read More


Periwinkle Released on World Turtle Day

Woman holding turtle

We are pleased to announce that Periwinkle (or Peri as we affectionately know him) was released on May 23, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the River to Sea Preserve public beach (known as Marineland beach) on World Turtle Day. Read More


Video: May 18 Evenings at Whitney – Last Mastodons, Last Mammoths: Life and Times of America’s Latest-surviving Proboscideans

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on May 18, 2017, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Last Mastodons, Last Mammoths: Life and Times of America’s Latest-surviving Proboscideans.” Read More


Emily Gordon Named to Board of Trustees

Emily Gordon

We are pleased to announce that Emily Gordon has been named to Whitney Laboratory’s Board of Trustees. Emily brings an abundance of professional and scientific experience as well as a passion for community service to the Board of Trustees. Emily is a Florida Gator. Read More


Discovery Walk Signage is Now Complete

Discovery walk map

The Whitney Laboratory Discovery Walk signage is now complete! Enjoy a scenic and educational walk along the Whitney Laboratory shoreline as you visit seven stations. The walk begins at the “Whitney Pond” – where you’ll find out who calls our sea-lab home. Read More


Local Group Creates Save Our Seas Quilt

Quilt

Thank you to the local St. Augustine quilting group for creating a one-of-a-kind marine life quilt for the Whitney Laboratory. The vibrant marine quilt called “Save Our Seas” was made by the eight member quilt bee, which includes Whitney Lab Docents, called See What Develops. Read More


Liao Lab has New Publication in the Journal Hearing Research

Congratulations to the Liao Lab, which has a new publication in Hearing Research entitled “A non-toxic dose of cobalt chloride blocks hair cells of the zebrafish lateral line.” The work was spearheaded by Dr. William Stewart and aided by Dr. Jacob Johansen, both postdoctoral research associates in the Liao Lab. Read More


2016 REU Student Amber Rock Returns through Choose Development! Fellowship

Amber Rock

We are pleased to announce that 2016 REU student Amber Rock is returning to Whitney Laboratory for two summers through the Choose Development! Fellowship from the Society of Developmental Biology. Read More


Dr. James Liao & Dr. Leonid Moroz Receive UF Term Professorship Award

Congratulations to Dr. James Liao and Dr. Leonid Moroz, who each received the University of Florida Term Professorship Award from the UF Provost’s Office. The awards are based on assessment of academic accomplishment, and awardees have displayed a distinguished career that places them among the leaders in their discipline. Read More


April 8: Gamble Rogers Concert Series at Whitney Lab

See you this weekend, April 8, for the Gamble Rogers Concert Series Meeting of the Great Minds. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Whitney Lab Lohman Auditorium. Stop by and enjoy an evening of free Americana music. Read More


May 20: Science by the Shore

The graduate students and postdocs of the UF Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience would like to invite you to our Fifth Annual Science by the Shore Symposium (formerly Biology at the Beach). Read More


Video: April 20 Evenings at Whitney – One Species, Two Species, Hybrid Species, New Species: Secrets of the Sweetings Pond Seahorse

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on April 20, 2017, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “One Species, Two Species, Hybrid Species, New Species: Secrets of the Sweetings Pond Seahorse.” Read More


Registration Open for 2017 Whitney Lab Summer Camps

Registration is open for the 2017 summer camps at Whitney Laboratory. There are still spots available for the Marine Biology Camp from June 26-30 and July 10-14. This year’s Sea Turtle Camp is full. Read More


Video: The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab’s Work & Research

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Take a look at this video featuring Whitney Laboratory’s David Duffy, postdoctoral researcher, and Mark Martindale, director, that shares about the Sea Turtle Hospital’s work and research on the fibropapilloma virus found in sea turtles. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Receives Funding from UF Biodiversity Institute to Develop New Bioinformatics Tools

Whitney Laboratory Director Mark Martindale and Biodiversity Scientist Francois Michonneau in collaboration with Whitney Laboratory Assistant Professor of Biology Joseph Ryan and Florida Museum of Natural History Curator of Marine Malacology Gustav Paulay received funding from the University of Florida Biodiversity Institute. Read More


Video: March 16 Evenings at Whitney – From Fast to Ultra-Fast: The Biological World of Extreme Movement

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on March 16, 2017, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “From Fast to Ultra-Fast: The Biological World of Extreme Movement.” Read More


Ryan Lab Observed 2017 Darwin Week with Annual Tour

The Ryan Lab at Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience observed 2017 Darwin Week (Feb. 12-17) for the third straight year by organizing educational events throughout the week. Read More


Whitney Lab’s Christine Schnitzler Co-authors Paper Featured in Cell Reports

Congratulations to Whitney Lab’s Assistant Professor of Biology Christine Schnitzler for co-authoring a paper in Cell Reports titled An Evolutionarily Conserved SoxB-Hdac2 Crosstalk Regulates Neurogenesis in a Cnidarian. Read More


Paterson Islanders Research Project Supports the Sea Turtle Hospital

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Thank you to the Paterson Islanders, a First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Team, from Paterson Elementary School in Fleming Island, Florida for their support of the Sea Turtle Hospital. Read More


Video: Evenings at Whitney – The Living Dead: Metabolic Arrest and the Control of Biological Time

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on Feb. 9, 2017, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “The Living Dead: Metabolic Arrest and the Control of Biological Time.” Read More


Video: Evenings at Whitney Lecture – Why are the Matanzas Inlet and adjacent coastline so dynamic?

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on Jan. 12, 2017, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Why are the Matanzas Inlet and adjacent coastline so dynamic?”. Read More


Liao Lab Paper Selected for 2016 Journal of Experimental Biology Outstanding Paper Prize Shortlist

Congratulations to Whitney Lab’s Associate Professor of Biology Jimmy Liao and his team, William Stewart and Otar Akanyeti, for having a paper selected for the 2016 Journal of Experimental Biology Outstanding Paper Prize Shortlist. Read More


Feb. 12: 2017 REU Application Deadline Fast Approaching

The Whitney Laboratory Research Experience for Undergraduate program (REU), funded by the National Science Foundation, is an opportunity for motivated undergraduate students to participate in scientific research at Whitney Lab. Read More


Dr. Barbara A. Battelle Excellence in Scientific Communication Award Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the Barbara A. Battelle Excellence in Scientific Communication Award. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital One-Year Anniversary Open House Will Feature Family Friendly Activities

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The University of Florida Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab is pleased to announce that it will host its One-Year Anniversary Open House on Dec. 11, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Whitney Lab campus, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd. Read More


Dec. 8: Evenings at Whitney – Florida’s Coastal Ecosystems and Global Change

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on Dec. 8, 2016, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Florida’s Coastal Ecosystems and Global Change.” Read More


Thank You for Attending the Sea Turtle Hospital One-Year Anniversary!

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Thank you to everyone who attended the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab One-Year Anniversary Open House! We appreciate everyone helping us celebrate this important milestone. More than 350 people attended the open house. Read More


Nov. 17: Evenings at Whitney – Consequences of Climate Change for the Temperate-Tropical Ecotone

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on Nov. 17, 2016, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Consequences of Climate Change for the Temperate-Tropical Ecotone.” Read More


Whitney Staff & Volunteers Help Recover Oyster Gardens After Hurricane Matthew

The Whitney Oyster Restoration Initiative began its program this past September with 53 oyster gardeners. These citizen scientists hung two oyster habitats filled with baby oysters from their docks and began recording data and watching their babies grow. Read More


The Resilience of Oyster Gardens After Hurricane Matthew

Here is an amazing story about the survival of an oyster garden after Hurricane Matthew from one of our dedicated volunteer oyster gardeners, Mary. After Hurricane Matthew, it was so amazing to find one of my gardens and retrieve it during low tide. Read More


Whitney Lab Employees Participate in SEEDS Program

The Ecological Society of America SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability) program, which is a mentoring program for college students, hosted a field trip on Nov. 4, 2016, in St. Augustine for a diverse group of students from several institutions in Florida. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Hospital Awarded Grant from Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program to Help Education Efforts

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In April, University of Florida Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Hospital received a grant for $15,000 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is financed by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. Read More


Evenings at Whitney on Oct. 20: Understanding Animal History through the Eyes of a DNA Sequencer

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on Oct. 20, 2016, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Understanding Animal History through the Eyes of a DNA Sequencer.” Read More


Whitney Lab Participates in 2016 SACNAS Meeting October 13-15

Last week, members of the Whitney Laboratory team attended the 2016 Meeting of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). The event was held in Long Beach, California. Pictured here from left to right is Anya Jacquez (2016 REU student), Joseph Ryan (Whitney faculty) and Alexandra Hernandez (Whitney Ph.D. student). Read More


Katharine Rowe Named Board of Trustees Vice Chair


Nat Geo Wild Features Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab Release

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On Sept. 21, 2016, the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab released Sebod, and Nat Geo Wild was there to film the release. Filipe Deandrade was on assignment and shared the release through a live video on the Nat Geo Wild Facebook page. Read More


The Whitney Lecture on Sept. 21 & 22 Features Professor Emeritus & Visiting Fellow Adrian Horridge from Australian National University

The Whitney Lecture, an annual event hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, brings renowned scientists to St. Augustine and Gainesville to share significant research and contributions to science. Read More


Welcome: Dr. Melissa DeBiasse joins the Ryan Lab

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Dr. Melissa DeBiasse is a new Postdoc in the Ryan Lab Dr. Melissa DeBiasse is an evolutionary ecologist and is interested in the processes that generate biodiversity in the ocean. Her research examines the distribution of genetic and phenotypic variation within and among populations in marine invertebrates. Read More


Dr. Nick Ward joins the Osborne Lab

Dr. Nick Ward joins the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience as a Research Scientist in the Osborne Lab. Read More


The Scientist Shares Sensory Research from Dr. James Liao’s Lab at Whitney

Congratulations to Dr. James Liao, associate professor of biology, for being featured in The Scientist. The article talks about Dr. Liao’s sensory research taking place here at Whitney Lab. Read More


Elias has Joined the Whitney Lab Team!

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Elias received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Ecology from Seattle Pacific University in 2013. While at SPU, he studied the chemically mediated interactions of sea stars and mussels when exposed to natural borne toxins as consequence of harmful algal blooms with Dr. Ryan Ferrer. Read More


Welcome to Whitney Lab, Heather!

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Heather Krumholtz has joined the administration office here at Whitney Laboratory. She will be providing support for the Director of Development & External Relations, Director and Manager of Operations. Read More


Apollo Squidlips and Major Released by Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab on Sept. 7

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We are pleased to announce that the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab released Apollo Squidlips and Major on Sept. 7, 2016, at 11 a.m. near the Apollo Visitor Center at 7611 South Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab Now Offers Tours to the Public

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The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab is pleased to announce that it is now offering tours on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. Tours are $10 per person, and reservations are required. There is a limit of 10 people per tour. Read More


Katlyn Dekle, 2016 Cliff Townsend Family Fellowship Scholar

For one Pedro Menendez High School student, the summer of 2016 was spent learning about environmental conservation right in her own backyard at the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. Katlyn Dekle, now a high school senior, was the recipient of Whitney Laboratory’s Cliff Townsend Family Fellowship. Read More


Congratulations to the Whitney Lab REU Presentation Winners

Congratulations to all of the 2016 Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) symposium poster presenters. The two winners, Claire Schmidt of the Osborne Lab, and Hannah Palmatary of the Liao Lab, will be attending a fully paid trip to The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting in January 2017 in New Orleans. Read More


Save the Dates – Fall 2016 Evenings at Whitney Lectures

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2016 Evenings at Whitney dates and topics. The free lectures are at 7 p.m. at the Lohman Auditorium on the Whitney Laboratory campus. We hope to see you there! Read More


Whitney’s Jimmy Liao Promoted to University of Florida Associate Professor of Biology with Tenure

We are pleased to announce that Whitney Faculty Dr. James Liao was granted promotion and tenure by the University of Florida Board of Governors to Associate Professor of Biology. He is now tenured faculty in the University of Florida Biology Department! Read More


The St. Augustine Record Features Article on Need for Whitney Laboratory Citizen Scientists

Dr. Christine E. Schnitzler joins University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience as Assistant Professor of Biology. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Northwestern University. She then earned her master’s degree in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Labs of California State University-Monterey Bay. Read More


August 13: Gamble Rogers Concert Series

The next concert in the Gamble Rogers Concert Series is scheduled for Aug. 13, 2016, at 7 p.m. The Sarah Mac Band will perform at the Lohman Auditorium on the Whitney Laboratory campus. Opening for the Sarah Mac Band will be John Dickie and Mike Elias. Read More


Volunteers Needed to Become Oyster Gardeners

The University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory is seeking volunteers to become oyster gardeners as part of the lab’s oyster restoration initiative. Gardeners will grow, maintain and record data on their oyster habitats for about one year, then return the oysters to the lab for use in restoration projects. Read More


Alexandra Tsalickis, 2016 Carl and Marcella Matthaei Ecological Scholar

Summer research spotlight: The Matanzas River Basin is a remarkable ecosystem, and the Whitney Lab’s campus is strategically located with easy access to numerous and diverse habitats set out along the Florida coast. Read More


Whitney Laboratory’s Elaine Seaver Publishes Review in Current Opinion in Genetics and Development

Dr. Elaine Seaver, professor of biology at Whitney Laboratory, recently published a mini-review highlighting current research with her main study organism, Capitella teleta. Read More


Banana Released on Aug. 24th by Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab

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The University of Florida Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab is pleased to announce that it released its seventh sea turtle, Banana, on Aug. 24, 2016, at Kelly Park East, 2550 N. Banana River Drive in Merritt Island. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Research Featured as Editor’s Choice in Journal of Experimental Biology

Congrats to Postdoctoral Researcher William Stewart on the article featured as editor’s choice in the Journal of Experimental Biology titled Refuging rainbow trout selectively exploit flows behind tandem cylinders. William recently secured a faculty position at Eastern Florida State College. Read More


Dr. Todd Osborne Featured in St. Augustine Record Article and Mangrove & Macrobenthos Meeting

Whitney Laboratory’s Todd Osborne was featured in an article published on July 19, 2016, in The St. Augustine Record about his research on mangrove ecosystems and his involvement in the Mangrove & Macrobenthos Conference at Flagler College from July 18-22, 2016. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Welcomes New Board of Trustee Member, Joan Boyce

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University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is pleased to announce that Joan Boyce has joined its Board of Trustees. Boyce has more than 23 years experience in life science publishing, sales, management, editorial leadership and content innovation. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab Releases Mudpie on July 13, 2016

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The University of Florida Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce that it released Mudpie, a green juvenile sea turtle, on July 13, 2016, in Salt Run at Lighthouse Park in St. Augustine. Read More


Welcome to the Visiting 2016 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars

Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience would like to extend a warm welcome to the 2016 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars visiting for the summer. While at Whitney Lab, the scholars will be collecting baseline monitoring data at numerous beaches in the area to assess how the shorelines are changing. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab Releases Cisco Kid, First Patient Treated for Fibropapilloma

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On Monday, June 20, 2016, at the River to Sea Preserve beach, the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab released Cisco Kid. This was the hospital’s first release of a turtle treated for fibropappilomatosis, which is a disease that causes internal and external tumors to grow on the sea turtle, inhibiting normal functioning. Read More


Welcome to Whitney Lab’s 2016 REU Summer Interns!

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The Whitney Laboratory Team is pleased to welcome its 2016 REU summer interns. The Research Experience for Undergraduates program (REU), funded by the National Science Foundation, offers an exceptional opportunity for motivated undergraduates to participate in scientific research. Read More


Whitney Lab’s Barbara Battelle, Joseph Ryan & Karen Kempler Publish Work in Genome Biology and Evolution

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Whitney’s Drs. Barbara Battelle, Joseph Ryan and Karen Kempler along with Dr. Megan Porter from the University of Hawaii, Manoa headed a research team, which included members of the Limulus (American horseshoe crab) Genome Consortium to publish the Limulus genome and a comprehensive analysis of the expression of visual pigments in horseshoe crabs. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Hospital Now Uses Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment

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The University of Florida Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Hospital is now using advanced carbon dioxide laser technology in the treatment of its sea turtle patients that are infected with the Fibropapilloma virus (FP). Read More


Whitney Lab’s Leslie Babonis, Mark Martindale and Joseph Ryan Publish Paper in BioMed Central

Congratulations to Whitney Lab’s Leslie Babonis, postdoctoral research associate, Mark Martindale, Whitney Lab director and professor, and Joseph Ryan, assistant professor of biology, for publishing a paper in BioMed Central titled Do novel genes drive morphological novelty? An investigation of the nematosomes in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. Read More


Nicole Miller joins the Martindale Lab

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Welcome to Whitney Laboratory, Nicole! Nicole is a senior microbiology major at the University of Florida with a passion for the ocean, science, and surfing. She plans to attend graduate school in pursuit of a degree in biomedical science. Read More


Evenings at Whitney Lecture on May 19 – Building Body Parts: Lessons Learned from Simple Critters

The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on May 19, 2016, at 7 p.m. with the program titled Building Body Parts: Lessons Learned from Simple Critters. Read More


Volunteer Appreciation Dinner – Thank You to Our Volunteers!

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A volunteer appreciation dinner was hosted on April 22, 2016, at Whitney Laboratory’s CMS building. Read More


Evenings at Whitney Lecture on May 12 – Historic Trees: The Science Behind the Preservation and Conservation of our Largest Specimens

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The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returned on May 12, 2016, at 7 p.m. with the program titled Historic Trees: The Science Behind the Preservation and Conservation of our Largest Specimens. Read More


Join Us for Marine Biology Camp this Summer!

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Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is hosting Marine Biology Camp for summer 2016. The camp features learning about biodiversity, fun lab experiments, STEM activities and outdoor field adventures. Two sessions are offered. The first session is from June 20-24. Read More


University of Florida News Features Research by Whitney Lab’s Otar Akanyeti & James Liao

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To save energy, fish use their heads Scientists used to think a fish’s head motions were just a byproduct of swimming. Using 3-D printed fish, University of Florida scientists Otar Akanyeti, James Liao and collaborators at Harvard showed that head motion can make a fish’s movement and respiration more efficient. Read More


Veronica Garcia, “I was a student before, but now I’m a scientist”

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(Originally published September 9, 2014) “I was a student before, but now I’m a scientist,” said Veronica Garcia as she packed away the last of her lab materials into boxes. Veronica had completed her PhD research and was now faced with dismantling the remains of her former lab. Read More