Current Conditions at Dauphin Island, AL
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s (DISL) mission encompasses the pursuit of excellence in marine science education, marine research, coastal zone management policy and educating the general public through the Estuarium, our public aquarium.
The University of Alabama’s interest in teaching marine biology eventually led to the construction of a modern laboratory on Dauphin Island as part of the Department of Conservation, Seafood Division. The Marine Science Program at the University of Alabama was the first tenant at the current Dauphin Island Sea Lab facility, as part of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium.
The Presidents of Chief Executive Officers of the Member Institutions across the state of Alabama serve as the DISL’s Board of Directors, which determines the general policies of the Sea Lab. This board is know as the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium. You can find that listing here: Marine Enviromental Sciences Consortium.
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation (DISLF) supports the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in its mission, “to provide wise stewardship of the marine environment through education and research”. The foundation provides funds to sustain the activities of the Sea Lab and promotes awareness of the Sea Lab and its environmental issues. The Foundation is also continuing to build the George C. Crozier Endowment as well as the DISLF Endowment for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Discovery Hall Programs marine education programs include K-12 students, teacher training/ enhancement programs, and public outreach. It promotes conservation through education, research, and outreach.
The K-12 School Year Programs are available through Discovery Hall Programs. These programs are available September through May, and are by reservation only.
The Discovery Hall Programs offer a variety of programs for your children during the summer, ranging from single-day programs to residential camps and academic courses.
Discovery Hall Programs strives to provide current and relevant continuing education opportunities for teachers and informal educators through hands-on workshops.
Discovery Hall Programs has developed a variety of activities focused ROVs, to take advantage of K-12 students’ interest in robotics, marine biology and oceanography.
The BayMobile is DISL’s science classroom on wheels, whose mission is to visit underserved schools in the state of Alabama which do not have the opportunity or the means to visit the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on a field trip.
University programs at DISL consists of two parts: our Summer Undergraduate programs and our year round Graduate Programs.
While the DISL serves as the focal point of graduate education in marine science in the state of Alabama, it is not a degree-granting institution, and graduate degrees are offered through ten of the 22 DISL Member Schools.
Over three sessions DISL offers over 25 marine science courses of varying amounts of credits for undergraduate students.
The focus of the REU Program is to provide participants with the opportunity to carry out an independent research project while working under the direction of a faculty mentor.
See what you can expect when you come to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab for Graduate and Undergraduate coursework.
Since 1971, Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) personnel have collected valuable environmental and ecosystem level data as part of research and monitoring efforts in the fields of oceanography and ecology. These data are highly valuable to researchers, educators, managers, policy makers, and the general public.
View a listing of both University Programs and Discovery Hall Progams faculty members.
Since 1971, research personnel at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) have collected valuable environmental and ecosystem level data as part of research and monitoring endeavors.
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) has been a practicing member of American Academy of Underwater Science since 1992 and currently provides scientific diver training and oversite for all participating schools within the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium (MESC).
One of 12 consortia funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) and led by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, ACER is comprised of 17 research scientists from nine universities investigating how biodiversity influences an ecosystem’s resilience. Specifically, the ecosystems of the northern Gulf of Mexico to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Find all the information you need to make the most of your visit in our public aquarium. Hours, Pricing and even our live streaming webcams can be found here!
The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab hosts a number of events for the public. The free, twice-monthly Boardwalk Talk program offers the public a chance to engage with the experts at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The Summer Excursion program takes visitors into the habitats studied by our marine scientists, researchers and students at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
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Make your next function a memorable event for you and your guests at this beautiful and unique location.
Join the Friends of the Sea Lab and you will receive the opportunity to the visit the Estuarium year round for just your yearly membership fee. There are many other amazing perks as well!
Discovery Day is the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s open house for the public. Once a year, the public is given a tour of our research facilities to learn about our coastal environment and the research our team is working on.
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|March||DISL Skimmer||Dauphin Island, AL|
|Nov||Manatee Sighting Network reaches 10 year mark||DISL Skimmer||Dauphin Island, AL|
|Aug 11||Peaceful gentle giants: Meet Alabama’s manatees (photos)||Bham Now||Birmingham, AL|
|July||Alabama sea monsters: Large mammals roam coastal waters, but fear not!||Alabama Living||Alabama|
|July 5||Watch: Several Manatees Spotted Near Dog River||WKRG||Mobile, AL|
|Apr||Manatee Sighting Network needs Alabama drivers' support||DISL Skimmer||Dauphin Island, AL|
|April 1||Manatees taken off endangered species list||Local 15||Mobile, AL|
|Feb 15||Manatee remains trapped in Biloxi river||WLOX||Biloxi, MS|
|Jan 13||Rescue team seeking manatee stranded in South Mississippi||Sun Herald||Gulfport, MS|
|Jan 13||Manatee trapped in Biloxi bayou; rescue to resume Saturday||WLOX||Biloxi, MS|
|Jan 13||Rescue underway for manatee trapped in Mississippi waters||KATC||Acadiana, LA|
|Winter||Mobile Manatee Sighting Network||Alabama Current Connection||Mobile, AL|
|Dec||Magnolia the manatee's book now available in the Estuairum gift shop||DISL Skimmer||Dauphin Island, AL|
|Nov||Sea Lab Nibbles||DISL Skimmer||Dauphin Island, AL|
|Oct||Children's book tells Magnolia the manatee's story, pre-order yours today||DISL Skimmer||Dauphin Island, AL|
|July||Manatee Sighting Network investigates death of Ellie the manatee||DISL Skimmer||Dauphin Island, AL|
|July 29||Ellie the manatee found dead at 39||Citrus County Chronicle||Crystal River, FL|
|July 21||Mobile regular 'Ellie' found dead||Paducah Sun||Paducah, KY|
|July 20||What Killed "Ellie" the Manatee? Dauphin Island Sea Lab Trying to Figure that Out||WKRG||Mobile, AL|
|July 20||1st manatee ever captured in Alabama waters is found dead||Orlando Sentinel||Orlando, FL|
|July 20||1st manatee ever captured in Alabama waters is found dead||Clay Center Dispatch||Clay Center, KS|
|July 19||Ellie the manatee found dead at 39 years old, first manatee captured in Alabama||AL.com||Mobile, AL|
|July 19||D.I. Sea Lab Sighting Network investigates death of 'Ellie the Manatee'||WPMI||Mobile, AL|
|July 12||Record number of local manatee sightings||WPMI||Mobile, AL|
|June 29||Migrating manatees delight campers with their lazy antics||Audubon||Web|
|June||Support the manatee's, reserve your specialized Alabama license plate||DISL Skimmer||Dauphin Island, AL|
|June 21||Manatee's take a trip up the Pascagoula River||Sun Herald||Gulfport, MS|
|June 14||Support the manatee's and reserve a specialized vehicle tag||WTVM||Columbus, GA|
|May 19||Manatees's begin migration to Northern Gulf of Mexico, public encouraged to report sightings||Alabama's Coast Connection||Web|
|May 22||Heading to the Gulf? Help report manatee sightings||The News Courier||Athens, AL|
|Apr 8||Inside the sting ray tank for Discovery Day||Local 15||Mobile, AL|
|Jan 8||Manatees could lose endangered status in new proposal||Al.com||Mobile, AL|
|MSN In the News Archive - Articles 2009 to 2015|