University Programs

University programs at DISL consists of two parts: our Summer Undergraduate programs and our year round Graduate Programs.  

Our Undergraduate Programs occur only during the summer months. Students interested in attending summer classes should visit our Summer Programs page for complete information on how to apply and what classes will be offered.

Our Graduate Programs occur year round. With many Ph.D.'s in multiple disciplines we have a variety of subjects for potential candidates to choose from.

For more information please visit our Graduate Programs page for current Ph.D. list and information on how to apply.

Research and Instructional Facilities

University Programs instructional facilities include 7 classroom/laboratory buildings and a library with holdings that include numerous titles and original DISL papers dealing with marine sciences. 

Wiese Marine Science Hall

The graduate and research programs are housed in the Marine Science Hall, which contains 24,000 square feet of research labs, classroom and faculty/graduate student office space.

Available instrumentation includes:

  • a carbon/nitrogen analyzer,
  • TOC,
  • nutrient autoanalyzer,
  • ringdown spectrometer for d 13C,
  • several HPLCs and gas chromatographs,
  • a scintillation counter,
  • UV/VIS fluorometers and spectrophotometers.

Our analytical facility recently acquired an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) equiped with an autosampler for liquid samples and a laser ablation system for solid samples. 

Support equipment includes:

  • balances,
  • a refrigerated centrifuge,
  • muffle furnaces and ovens,
  • research grade deionized water,
  • computer equipment and the usual complement of laboratory materials.

Field gear includes:

  • high resolution CTD's and current meters,
  • oxygen meters,
  • plankton nets,
  • corers,
  • data buoys,
  • transmissometers,
  • water quality monitors,
  • bottom grabs,
  • photometers,
  • refractometers,
  • pH meters,
  • a variety of trawls and other nets for collecting, and a variety of water samplers. 


Wiese Hall Classroom - Seating capacity of 50
Galathea - Seating capacity of 100
Horizon - 4 classrooms.Each of these classrooms are designed to accommodate up to 30 students. 
Shelby Auditorium - Seating capacity of 200

Research Vessels

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab maintains two research vessels, the R/V E.O. Wilson and the R/V Alabama Discovery.  


The R/V E.O. Wilson is a 46 foot Fiberglass vessel made my Newton industries.  It is powered by twin John Deere marine engines with a cruising speed of 16 knots.  It has the capacity to carry up to 20 people.  As a research vessel it comes equipped with 500 llb rated davit, a winch with the capabilities of pulling a 20 foot net, and the capacity to do long-line and vertical line research and instrument deployment. The vessel is equipped with state of the art VHF, Fathometers and GPS instrumentation.




The R/V Alabama Discovery is a 65 foot x 23 foot wooden vessel covered in fiberglass built by Chesapeake Boat Works in Maryland.  The vessel has twin 650hp Cummins engines and can cruise at 15 knots.  It can carry a class of 38 students for its educational mission.  For research cruises the vessel has  a 500lb side davit, a large winch with the capabilities of pulling a 45 foot net and full instrumentation package. 



In addition to the Wilson and the Alabama Discovery, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab maintains several small (14 to 30 feet) outboard boats and skiffs.

Student Housing and Campus Life


The Challenger houses 86 individuals and is used only by undergraduates.  

Each dormitory room has a two person occupancy and is equipped with an individual air conditioner, twin beds, at least two closets, and a study table.



Albatross offers a two-story efficiency apartment complex with twelve units for graduate students and visiting faculty. 

Coin operated washing machines and dryers are available on campus.

Facilities at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab have been renovated and constructed to provide access to all users.

To assist DISL in accommodating any special needs that a student may have, please notify your specific Registrar before your arrival of any disabilities or conditions that require special accommodations. Regina Kollegger is the Registrar for University Programs.




May's Cafe

The newly rennovated May's Cafe sports a fresh salad bar, home cooked breakfast, lunch and dinners, and a cheerful staff.

May's Cafe

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