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.

Operating as usual

The grand Whitney Lab fish pavilion is almost ready to go! 🐟
06/14/2021

The grand Whitney Lab fish pavilion is almost ready to go! 🐟

Welcome Whitney Laboratory 2021 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Interns!   National Science Foundat...
06/09/2021

Welcome Whitney Laboratory 2021 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Interns! National Science Foundation (NSF) 🔬🌊

Welcome Whitney Laboratory 2021 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Interns! National Science Foundation (NSF) 🔬🌊

🌎🌊 Happy World Oceans Day!
06/08/2021

🌎🌊 Happy World Oceans Day!

Why, Hello 👋 century plant
06/08/2021

Why, Hello 👋 century plant

Why, Hello 👋 century plant

The non-virtual runners of the 1st #WhitneyLab5k joined more than 150 virtual runners - Thank you to all who registered ...
06/07/2021

The non-virtual runners of the 1st #WhitneyLab5k joined more than 150 virtual runners - Thank you to all who registered to support the Whitney Lab!

Buried Treasure: How a Bit of Soil Led to a Rare Discovery for Microbial Chemistry 🔬Researchers from the Whitney Laborat...
06/04/2021
Buried Treasure: How a Bit of Soil Led to a Rare Discovery for Microbial Chemistry

Buried Treasure: How a Bit of Soil Led to a Rare Discovery for Microbial Chemistry 🔬

Researchers from the Whitney Laboratory and the University of Florida Department of Chemistry identified a new molecule that could have medicinal purposes.

https://news.clas.ufl.edu/buried-treasure-how-a-bit-of-soil-led-to-a-rare-discovery-for-microbial-chemistry/

Researchers at the Whitney Lab and the Department of Chemistry discovered the Streptomyces strain, which produces of Benditerpenoic acid.

Duffy Lab on Bioscience Talks podcast! They discuss environmental DNA and RNA (eDNA and eRNA, respectively) and its pote...
06/01/2021
BioScience Talks

Duffy Lab on Bioscience Talks podcast! They discuss environmental DNA and RNA (eDNA and eRNA, respectively) and its potential for pathogen monitoring.

Listen:
https://bioscience-talks.aibs.org/episodes/environmental-dna-and-rna-may-be-key-in-monitoring-pathogens-such-as-sars-cov-2

We hope your enjoy these in-depth discussions of recently published BioScience articles and other science stories. Each episode of our interview series delves into the research behind a highlighted story, giving listeners unique insight into scientists' work.

One week left to register for the Whitney Lab Virtual 5K and we'll send you this shirt for walking/running for Whitney! ...
05/28/2021

One week left to register for the Whitney Lab Virtual 5K and we'll send you this shirt for walking/running for Whitney! Thanks to all who have registered to support the lab! Adult shirt shown.

https://www.whitney.ufl.edu/news--events/whitney-lab-virtual-5k/

One week left to register for the Whitney Lab Virtual 5K and we'll send you this shirt for walking/running for Whitney! Thanks to all who have registered to support the lab! Adult shirt shown.

https://www.whitney.ufl.edu/news--events/whitney-lab-virtual-5k/

Whitney Docents share our education program critters at  Bay Drive Park for Kids Ocean Day!  🌊 ❤️
05/26/2021

Whitney Docents share our education program critters at Bay Drive Park for Kids Ocean Day! 🌊 ❤️

Out with the old!  #Cistern
05/24/2021

Out with the old! #Cistern

Out with the old! #Cistern

Exclusive shirt design release! 👇👇👇 This Sunday is the last day for the Whitney Lab Virtual 5K early registration with t...
05/04/2021

Exclusive shirt design release! 👇👇👇

This Sunday is the last day for the Whitney Lab Virtual 5K early registration with the option to pick up your shirt at Whitney June 5!

Don’t wait to register – Price increases Monday and only the first 125 registrants will receive a finisher medal too!

All registrants will receive the inaugural shirt pictured below.
#whitneylab5k

Sign up - https://www.whitney.ufl.edu/news--events/whitney-lab-virtual-5k/

Exclusive shirt design release! 👇👇👇

This Sunday is the last day for the Whitney Lab Virtual 5K early registration with the option to pick up your shirt at Whitney June 5!

Don’t wait to register – Price increases Monday and only the first 125 registrants will receive a finisher medal too!

All registrants will receive the inaugural shirt pictured below.
#whitneylab5k

Sign up - https://www.whitney.ufl.edu/news--events/whitney-lab-virtual-5k/

Congratulations to Jessica Farrell, Dr. David Duffy and Liam Whitmore who recently featured their research in The Conver...
04/29/2021
Environmental DNA – how a tool used to detect endangered wildlife ended up helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic

Congratulations to Jessica Farrell, Dr. David Duffy and Liam Whitmore who recently featured their research in The Conversation US article below.

As wildlife biologists at the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory & Sea Turtle Hospital, they use eDNA to track a virus responsible for a sea turtle pandemic called fibropapillomatosis, which causes debilitating tumors. They also use eDNA to detect sea turtles in the wild.

https://theconversation.com/environmental-dna-how-a-tool-used-to-detect-endangered-wildlife-ended-up-helping-fight-the-covid-19-pandemic-158286

Technology that can identify stray bits of genetic material in the environment can help scientists monitor human and animal health.

🌎 Celebrate Earth Day with our Sip 'N Science free webinar tonight at 6 p.m. - Dr. Todd Osborne, Using native shellfish ...
04/22/2021

🌎 Celebrate Earth Day with our Sip 'N Science free webinar tonight at 6 p.m. - Dr. Todd Osborne, Using native shellfish to improve water quality and economic resiliency in the Indian River Lagoon!

Register - https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cxK4r3JpQCaUA4M3l4-reA

🌎 Celebrate Earth Day with our Sip 'N Science free webinar tonight at 6 p.m. - Dr. Todd Osborne, Using native shellfish to improve water quality and economic resiliency in the Indian River Lagoon!

Register - https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cxK4r3JpQCaUA4M3l4-reA

Join us for our inaugural Whitney Lab 5K - a virtual walk/run for marine science! Complete a 5K walk or run anywhere, an...
04/20/2021

Join us for our inaugural Whitney Lab 5K - a virtual walk/run for marine science! Complete a 5K walk or run anywhere, anytime between May 30 - June 5 to celebrate the wonders of marine life with this year's featured animal - the green sea turtle! 🐢🌊

Sign up - https://www.whitney.ufl.edu/news--events/whitney-lab-virtual-5k/

Join us for our inaugural Whitney Lab 5K - a virtual walk/run for marine science! Complete a 5K walk or run anywhere, anytime between May 30 - June 5 to celebrate the wonders of marine life with this year's featured animal - the green sea turtle! 🐢🌊

Sign up - https://www.whitney.ufl.edu/news--events/whitney-lab-virtual-5k/

Artichoke Update! #repost from The Sea Turtle Hospital at UF Whitney Lab 🐢
04/15/2021

Artichoke Update!

#repost from The Sea Turtle Hospital at UF Whitney Lab 🐢

Artichoke Update!

This week during Artichokes complete exam with Dr Brooke we learned alot if great milestones.

Artichokes tumors are overall unchanged. Alot of times when an animal has "paps" they'll begin to actively grow as the animal becomes healthier. Artichokes tumors are currently stable, meaning not activity growing.

Artichoke presented with excellent weight gain. When animals first come into our Hospital they are typically debilitated, under weight, and it takes time for them to begin to readily eat. Artichoke is eating 3% of body weight in seafood, a full green feeder packed with delicious produce, and a daily helping for sea lettuce.

Most importantly radiographs show the pneumonia we've been fighting has significantly improved! BIG shout out to
Seaside Slingshots who has been following Artichokes story and purchased a nebulizer to help us fight for this amazing animal!

Dr Brooke has cleared Artichoke for transport to Precision Imaging for a CT scan this coming week. 🎉

Stay tuned!

#artichoke
#savingturtlelife
#ClosedButStillCaring
#seaturtlerescue
#seaturtleconservation

Whitney 🌸🌼🌻 #spring
04/12/2021

Whitney 🌸🌼🌻 #spring

Whitney 🌸🌼🌻 #spring

#ICYMI Catherine Eastman and Taryn Chaya recently presented at the GTM Research Reserve State of the Reserve Symposia.Wa...
04/08/2021

#ICYMI Catherine Eastman and Taryn Chaya recently presented at the GTM Research Reserve State of the Reserve Symposia.

Water quality dynamics in tidally influenced blackwater creeks along a rural-urban gradient in northeast Florida
https://youtu.be/386VbOXtJh8

Plastic ingestion in post-hatchling sea turtles: Assessing a major threat in Florida nearshore waters
https://youtu.be/7CcFCn5bPZU

#ICYMI Catherine Eastman and Taryn Chaya recently presented at the GTM Research Reserve State of the Reserve Symposia.

Water quality dynamics in tidally influenced blackwater creeks along a rural-urban gradient in northeast Florida
https://youtu.be/386VbOXtJh8

Plastic ingestion in post-hatchling sea turtles: Assessing a major threat in Florida nearshore waters
https://youtu.be/7CcFCn5bPZU

Lunch in action at the lab
04/06/2021

Lunch in action at the lab

Lunch in action at the lab

Whitney's Brent Foster publishes his article in the Palm Coast Observer about Dr. Elizabeth Kaweesa's research!  https:/...
04/01/2021
Another one bites the dust: Scientist in Flagler investigates how bacteria in the soil can help combat skin cancer | Palm Coast | Palm Coast Observer

Whitney's Brent Foster publishes his article in the Palm Coast Observer about Dr. Elizabeth Kaweesa's research!

https://www.palmcoastobserver.com/article/another-one-bites-the-dust-scientist-in-flagler-investigates-how-bacteria-in-the-soil-can-help-combat-skin-cancer

Elizabeth Kaweesa is finishing her PhD at the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory, where she studies microbes to tease out their medicinal secrets and to identify products for developing new drugs.

K-12 Education Wet Lab Spring Cleaning - and Painting!   #classroomcritters
03/29/2021

K-12 Education Wet Lab Spring Cleaning - and Painting! #classroomcritters

Learning about how she is finding cancer fighting compounds from nature in Elizabeth Kaweesa’s PhD in Chemistry defense ...
03/09/2021

Learning about how she is finding cancer fighting compounds from nature in Elizabeth Kaweesa’s PhD in Chemistry defense today. Technology allowed viewers from Uganda and Europe too!

Learning about how she is finding cancer fighting compounds from nature in Elizabeth Kaweesa’s PhD in Chemistry defense today. Technology allowed viewers from Uganda and Europe too!

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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Remembering this special visit to Whitney Labs with Papa & Mama Tortuga, Kemp's ridley conservationists from Tecolutla, Mexico
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
2019-10-29 Taste of the Fun Coast at Hammock Beach Resort
I want to do Marine/Maritime Economics in Masters. Is it possible and what are requirements?
Lost Springs: Concert & Documentary at the Lohman Auditorium is tonight! $15 advance tickets/$20 at the door
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