Whitney Scheffel

Senior Scientist

Whitney comes to us from the University of Florida, where she was a Biological Scientist III/Lab Manager in the Soil and Water Sciences Department and the Nature Coast Biological Station. Whitney grew up in the land-locked state of Kentucky, but always had her heart set on being a marine scientist. 

She earned her B.S. in Marine Science with a minor in Biology from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. Whitney then moved on to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, where she spent time as an intern, technician, graduate student, and project manager. She worked on a variety of projects, including those focused on oyster restoration, juvenile fish and invertebrate communities, and impacts of oil disturbance on salt marshes. She earned her M.S. degree from the University of South Alabama and her research was concentrated on the effects that black mangrove expansion into the northern Gulf of Mexico salt marshes have on associated organisms.  

Whitney will be responsible for gathering existing scientific information for both Pensacola and Perdido Bay systems to use in developing a future monitoring program and our program's first Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). In her off time, Whitney enjoys cooking, reading, fishing and boating, beaching, hiking, scuba diving, and traveling with her husband. Whitney can be reached at 850-595-0892, or click on one of the options below.


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