The University of Florida is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state's oldest, largest and most comprehensive university, Florida is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. Florida has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belongs to the Association of American Universities.
The University of Florida includes the Whitney Laboratory in St. Augustine. The mission of the Laboratory is to use marine organisms in basic biological research and to apply the results to problems of human health, natural resources and the environment.

Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory (SHKML) is also a part of the University. The SHKML is a field station committed to providing (a) support for research by students, faculty, and visiting scientists, (b) an outstanding teaching program in coastal and marine related subjects, and (c) support for public education related to marine, estuarine and coastal biotic resources.

The Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research is located in Gainesville at the main campus. The mission of the Center is to conduct research in all aspects of the biology of sea turtles, to train graduate students, and to further sea turtle conservation through the communication of these research results to the scientific community, management agencies, and conservation organizations throughout the world.

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