Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of Florida

Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of Florida The University of Florida's Whitney Lab is a full time research lab, located on the Atlantic coast, just south of St. Augustine, Florida. Our mission is to use marine organisms in basic biological research and to train future experimental biologists.
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The promise of basic research, the basis for discovery... The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is a research institute of the University of Florida. The Lab’s mission is to use marine organisms in basic biological research, and to apply, where possible,the novel results of this research to problems of human health, natural resources and the environment; to train future experimental biologists; and to contribute to public education and to the formulations of the policy in basic research and marine science.

Mission: The Whitney Laboratory for the Marine Bioscience is a research institute of the University of Florida. The Lab's mission is to use marine organisms in basic biological research; to apply where possible, the novel results of this research to problems of human health, natural resources and the environment; to train future experimental biologists; and to contribute to public education and to the formulation of policy in basic research and marine science.

Operating as usual

09/10/2020
Addictive Fishing

Indian River Lagoon Clam Restoration project update!

A day on the Indian River Lagoon with Captain Blair Wiggins - The Mogan Man, Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of Florida, Coastal Conservation Association Florida, MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife and a BIG handful of volunteers from Florida's Space Coast - more clams deployed to help improve water quality.

New paper from Dr. Christine Schnitzler in PNAS! - The genetic basis for PRC1 complex diversity emerged early in animal ...
09/03/2020
The genetic basis for PRC1 complex diversity emerged early in animal evolution

New paper from Dr. Christine Schnitzler in PNAS! - The genetic basis for PRC1 complex diversity emerged early in animal evolution

https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/08/28/2005136117

Animals, to maintain patterns of gene expression throughout life, utilize the Polycomb system to repress transcription. Vertebrates have a large number of Polycomb protein complexes, particularly belonging to the Polycomb Repressive Complex 1 (PRC1) family. Here we show that, contrary to current hyp...

Sea Turtle Hospital and Whitney Laboratory faculty and staff's recent publication on plastic ingestion by post-hatchling...
08/31/2020
The Sea Turtle Hospital at UF Whitney Lab

Sea Turtle Hospital and Whitney Laboratory faculty and staff's recent publication on plastic ingestion by post-hatchling turtles & recent article in The Conversation - Newly hatched Florida sea turtles are consuming dangerous quantities of floating plastic. 🐢

The Conversation - https://theconversation.com/newly-hatched-florida-sea-turtles-are-consuming-dangerous-quantities-of-floating-plastic-143785

Excited to announce our team's recent publication on plastic ingestion by post-hatchlings. It's a sad topic, but important to share how far-reaching our addiction to plastic has become.

Osborne Lab sediment mapping project, Lake Okeechobee!
08/24/2020

Osborne Lab sediment mapping project, Lake Okeechobee!

08/20/2020
The Sea Turtle Hospital at UF Whitney Lab

Facebook Live release of The Sea Turtle Hospital at UF Whitney Lab patient Eugenie Clark this morning at 10am! 🐢

✨✨Release Announcement✨✨

Tune in tomorrow at 10am for a very special FB Live showcasing the release of Ms. Eugenie Clark. She has been with us since March 3rd and has officially completed her rehabilitation.

**Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to disclose the location of our release but look forward to your participation in tomorrow’s FB Live event!**

#seaturtle #conservationcontinues #turtlerehab #seaturtlerelease #whitneylab

New Schnitzler Lab Paper! Whitney Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Gonzalo Quiroga-Artigas and colleagues (all members of the Sch...
08/13/2020
Gene knockdown via electroporation of short hairpin RNAs in embryos of the marine hydroid Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus

New Schnitzler Lab Paper! Whitney Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Gonzalo Quiroga-Artigas and colleagues (all members of the Schnitzler Lab) describe a detailed, straightforward, and efficient method for studying gene function with an experimental technique. 🔬 Scientific Reports

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-69489-8

Analyzing gene function in a broad range of research organisms is crucial for understanding the biological functions of genes and their evolution. Recent studies have shown that short hairpin RNAs (shRNAs) can induce gene-specific knockdowns in two cnidarian species. We have developed a detailed, st...

Matanzas Monday 🌞
08/10/2020

Matanzas Monday 🌞

See ya 👋 Isaias ! 🌊🌺☀️🙌
08/04/2020

See ya 👋 Isaias ! 🌊🌺☀️🙌

Become a Citizen Scientist of the Matanzas River Basin by sharing what you see. Benefits of nature observation and Whitn...
07/27/2020
Become a Citizen Scientist of the Matanzas River Basin

Become a Citizen Scientist of the Matanzas River Basin by sharing what you see. Benefits of nature observation and Whitney Laboratory's Matbio project below! 🦀

https://mailchi.mp/whitney/become-a-citizen-scientist-of-the-matanzas-river-basin

If you’re suddenly noticing the wildlife outside your window while sheltering in place — or if you’re trapped far away from nature and craving it — there’s a way to turn quarantine observations into data that can power scientific research. If you’re able to spot animals and plants, you ...

A Repost for National Moth Week 🙂
07/24/2020

A Repost for National Moth Week 🙂

A visitor at Whitney Hall this morning, the Luna moth, rare to see...

#ICYMI Will from the St. Johns County Public Library  interviews Post-doctoral Research Associate Dr. Alexandrea Duscher...
07/23/2020
SJCPLS Online Event: Whitney Lab Interview - 7/21/2020

#ICYMI Will from the St. Johns County Public Library interviews Post-doctoral Research Associate Dr. Alexandrea Duscher on her research and role at the Whitney Laboratory! 🔬

https://youtu.be/tAs38HewYnM

Join Will as he interviews Post-doctoral Research Assistant Alexandrea Duscher from the Whitney Lab on her research and the role of the lab. For more informa...

How horseshoe crabs are helping the fight against COVID-19 - Whitney Laboratory Director Dr. Mark Martindale talks with ...
07/13/2020
Jessica Clark, First Coast News

How horseshoe crabs are helping the fight against COVID-19 - Whitney Laboratory Director Dr. Mark Martindale talks with First Coast News and Whitney horseshoe crabs make their news debut!

Horseshoe crabs and the coronavirus. I learned so much with this story! Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of Florida

07/03/2020

Who needs fireworks when you have disco ctenophores?
Happy 4th & stay safe ❤️

New paper published in Current Biology by Dr. James Liao - An Algorithmic Approach to Natural Behavior. Hein et al. desc...
06/29/2020
An Algorithmic Approach to Natural Behavior

New paper published in Current Biology by Dr. James Liao - An Algorithmic Approach to Natural Behavior. Hein et al. describe a generalized, mathematical approach to understanding these behaviors across a wide diversity of animals, from hawks and dragonflies to fish and whales.

https://www.cell.com/current-biology/pdf/S0960-9822(20)30498-X.pdf?

Hein et al. review studies of animal pursuit and evasion behavior to show how simple, repeatable behavioral rules, or ‘behavioral algorithms’, have become central to current understanding of how these impressive natural behaviors are generated. They argue that identifying and modeling behaviora...

Whitney’s Clams Restoration in action at the Indian River Lagoon today. 2 Million clams we raised are now deployed to he...
06/26/2020

Whitney’s Clams Restoration in action at the Indian River Lagoon today. 2 Million clams we raised are now deployed to help improve water quality !

Today, #CCAFlorida, Capt. Blair Wiggins #AddictiveFishing, Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of Florida and MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife joined together for a historic clam planting in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). The event marked a crucial milestone for the IRL Clam Restoration Project, as nearly 60,000 additional clams were deployed, totaling almost 2 million clams for the area. Special thanks to our volunteers who helped make the event possible!

Stay tuned from home, we will be filming it instead of a public event- almost 2 million clams return to the Indian River...
06/25/2020

Stay tuned from home, we will be filming it instead of a public event- almost 2 million clams return to the Indian River Lagoon! #irlclamproject

Join us Friday, June 26th!

#clamproject #indianriverlagoon #indianriver #irlclamproject https://www.irlclamproject.com Coastal Conservation Association Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of Florida Florida's Space Coast MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife Star brite Solutions Star Tron Fuel Treatment

06/24/2020

In case you are missing the pond 🐟

Congratulations Dr. Joseph Ryan on your promotion and tenure!https://www.whitney.ufl.edu/articles/whitneys-joseph-ryan-p...
06/18/2020
Articles - Whitney's Joseph Ryan Promoted to University of Florida Associate Professor of B - Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience - University of Florida

Congratulations Dr. Joseph Ryan on your promotion and tenure!

https://www.whitney.ufl.edu/articles/whitneys-joseph-ryan-promoted-to-university-of-florida-associate-professor-of-b.html

We are pleased to announce that Whitney Faculty Dr. Joseph Ryan was granted promotion and tenure by the University of Florida Board of Trustees to Associate Professor of Biology. He is now tenured faculty in the University of Florida Biology Department! The designation is based on the faculty’s r...

The Sea Turtle Hospital at UF Whitney Lab celebrates #SeaTurtleWeek! Join in on all the fun as they participate in daily...
06/08/2020

The Sea Turtle Hospital at UF Whitney Lab celebrates #SeaTurtleWeek! Join in on all the fun as they participate in daily themes to help raise awareness on the many challenges sea turtles face in the ocean today. #SeaTurtleHospitalScavengerHunt details below! 🐢🌊

We are SO excited to reveal our #SeaTurtleHospitalScavengerHunt! The rules are easy: take a photo after completing each of the 5 challenges, tag us on Facebook or Instagram, use the hashtag above and post! We're very much looking forward to seeing your conservation efforts and of course your creative sides. Now go out there and have some fun!

**You can complete these in any order. Those who complete all 5 challenges will be entered into a raffle to win some merch from our Gift Shop!**#seaturtle #scavengerhunt #seaturtleweek #whitneylab #SundayFunDay

06/06/2020
University of Florida

Whitney Lab and UF supporting diversity, respect and inclusion 💯

Racism and violence directed at African Americans must stop. My video request to the Gator Nation following the killing of George Floyd.

Address

9505 Oceanshore Blvd
Saint Augustine, FL
32080

General information

Research at the Whitney Lab seeks to capitalize on the enormous experimental advantages (things like giant nerve cells and simple organization) presented by diverse marine animals to understand the biological mechanisms that underlie medically important questions such as how we learn and remember and how nerve circuits repair damage. Much of our research is performed at the levels of genes and populations of genes.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(904) 461-4000

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Some of you who have history at the lab may have remembered Louise ...she worked for many years there as an administrative assistant and receptionist. She loved working with the many different scientists and interns over the years. She passed away this past Saturday
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