Undergrad/Summer Programs

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab University Summer Programs consist of five sessions of undergraduate and graduate courses in Marine Science. The session dates are:

May Special Session May 6-22, 2020
May Session May 11-22, 2020
1st Session May 25-June 26, 2020
2nd Session June 29-July 31, 2020
July Special Session July 13-31, 2020


During these sessions, more than two dozen marine science courses of varying amounts of credit are offered. There are scholarship and work-study opportunities listed below.


During the summer, a majority of students are in residence on the DISL campus. Class schedules and field trips often require students to spend some evening and weekend time working in the laboratory, on class projects or on extended field exercises. These courses emphasize learning through 'hands-on' laboratory and research experience.

In-State Class Registration

The application deadline for priority registration is February 14, 2020.

DISL will accept applications until the first day of class. However, students are encouraged to apply by the priority registration date, because classes will fill early. For help, speak with your campus liaison officer. A list can be found here.

Please follow all the steps below to secure your summer course enrollment.

1. Complete DISL application online:

  • To apply online, please first complete the short registration form below. This form will register you in our student application portal called Populi.
  • You will receive an email with a link and instructions regarding your student username and password and login instructions to disl.populiweb.com to complete the full application.

2. Applications and Forms

  • Complete the full student application form online as stated above.
  • Upload a digital image or scan of your signed advisor's sheet and notarized waivers (vessel and medical).
  • Make your course selections in the student portal in Populi.

You will be invoiced the $75.00 application fee within your student account in Populi.

3. Confirmation of course enrollment at DISL

You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your enrollment at DISL shortly after the priority registration deadline of February 14, 2020. It will include an acceptance statement and instructions to login to your DISL Populi student account via disl.populiweb.com.

Once you login to your student account, you will be able to:

  • View a listing of the course(s) that you are enrolled in.
  • Your DISL bill, payable online (amount due upon arrival at DISL for fees, room, and board). 

DISL fees may be paid on a session-by-session basis if arranged beforehand with the DISL Bursar Daphne Wood. Please note: your tuition will be charged by your home institution and will not appear on your DISL Populi account.

4. Enrollment at your home campus

In order to receive academic credit for your DISL summer courses

  • You MUST also register at your home campus and pay your home campus tuition (not applicable for Birmingham Southern Students). 
  • You MUST submit proof of home campus tuition paid and a schedule of courses registered for at your home campus to the DISL UP registrar. This can be done via email, online via student Populi account, or in-person during summer DISL registration. The registrar is Regina Kollegger.
  • In cases when your home institution does not permit you to register for classes before DISL classes begin and you fail to register at your home institution, you will be obligated to pay DISL directly for the cost of tuition.

5. On-Campus Registration and Orientation at DISL

All DISL summer students, new and returning, must attend an on-campus registration and orientation session at DISL before your session begins. 

At registration you will:

  • Pay DISL charges (i.e. fees, room, board) if you did not pay online via your student Populi account.
  • Provide the UP Registrar with a receipt of tuition paid at your home institution and a schedule of courses you registered for at your home institution, if you did not upload them online via your student Populi account. (You must register at your home campus to receive this proof of tuition paid and schedule of courses registered for.)
  • Turn in all required forms/waivers if you did not complete and upload these online via your student Populi account. All waivers can be notarized at DISL registration.

Out-of-State Class Registration

Out-of-state students may receive credit by arrangement between their institution and the DISL. 

Please contact the DISL University Programs Registrar, Regina Kollegger (251) 861-2141, ext 7526 or by email at rkollegger@disl.org for assistance with these procedures.

Registration/Orientation Schedule

  May Session (May 11-May 22) First Summer Session (May 25-June 26) Second Summer Session (June 29-July 31)
Check-in: Challenger Dorm Sunday, May 10 after 12 p.m. Sunday, May 24 after 12 p.m. Sunday, June 28 after 12 p.m.
Registration: Administration Building Sunday, May 10: 2:30p.m.-5p.m. Monday, May 11: 7:15a.m.-9:15a.m. Commuters- Monday, May 11: 8a.m. Sunday, May 24: 2:30p.m.-5p.m. Monday, May 25: 7:15 a.m.-9:15a.m. Commuters- Monday, May 25: 8a.m. Sunday, June 28: 2:30p.m.-5p.m Monday, June 29: 7:15a.m.-9:15 a.m. Commuters- Monday, June 29: 8 a.m.
Orientation: Shelby Auditorium Monday, May 11, 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 29, 8:30 a.m.
Classes Begin After Orientation After Orientation After Orientation
Checkout: Challenger Dorm Saturday, May 23 by 9 a.m. Saturday, June 27 by 9 a.m. Saturday, August 1 by 9 a.m.



The Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) offers two fellowships for the Summer University Programs. They are the Rita George Fellowship and the George F. Crozier Scholarship in Marine Policy. These will be awarded on an academically competitive basis to applicants of demonstrated financial need who are enrolled at one of the DISL member institutions.

Fellowships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students registered for a minimum of 4 semester hours per session at DISL and enrollment for a minimum of two summer sessions.

Qualifications/Restrictions: Applicants must be majoring or minoring in marine science or taking a concentration in marine science, depending on the structure of the particular campus program.

A completed fellowship application must include the following documents:

  • A completed DISL Summer School application form.
  • A transcript (unofficial accepted).
  • A written statement (two-pages) by the student indicating career goals, the role of the DISL summer program in the student's curriculum and the need for financial assistance. 
  • Two letters of recommendation providing an evaluation of the student's academic performance.

Compensation: Each fellowship will be awarded for up to 12 weeks and includes room and board (7-day meal ticket) and DISL fees. However, the fellowship does not apply towards tuition costs or additional fees/expenses for the travel costs associated with courses such as Biology and Conservation of Marine Turtles.

**Additional fellowships are provided by some DISL member schools. Consult your campus liaison officer for availability on your campus.

Apply Online

For more information contact Regina Kollegger, University Programs Registrar via email rkollegger@disl.org or by phone (251) 861-2141, ext. 7526.

Work Study


Several part-time positions may also be available for students enrolled in a minimum of 4 semester hours per term at DISL. Preference will be given to students who are enrolled in more than one term, but consideration will be given to students enrolled in only one term.

The Work/Study positions are:

  • Dorm Monitor: Must be a graduate student. Must be in residence for at least two sessions and be able to be present on campus at least one-half of the weekends. Compensation is $125 per week, plus a private room/board in the dormitory. (2 positions available).
  • Library Aides: Expected to: work up to 10 hours per week during evenings and weekends after normal staff hours, assist students in the library and perform clerical tasks needed in the library and computer lab.

Summer Programs Dorm monitor 


  • Minimum of 2.50 cumulative G.P.A. Residence hall living and/or student leadership experience is required.
  • Dorm Monitors/RA must have a clean driving record and valid driver’s license and cleared to drive on DISL insurance.
  • Dorm Monitors/RA may be required to attend CPR training if not certified.
  • There are two dorm monitors in Challenger Dorm. Male dorm monitor lives in Challenger 101, female monitor in 201. Males are typically housed on the first floor; females second floor.
  • Dorm Monitors/RA must be in residence for all three sessions and be able to be present on campus at least one-half of the weekends coordinating duties with other dorm monitors.
  • Dorm Monitors/RA should plan to arrive at least four to six days before the term starts.

Basic Dorm Monitor/RA Job Description:

A Dorm Monitor/RA is the student staff member for Challenger Dormitory, a residence hall area at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The Dorm Monitor/RA is a student leader among their peers. Act as assistant to and under the supervision of the University Programs Registrar, the major responsibilities of the Dorm Monitor/RA include: assigning dorm rooms, promoting community; developing relationships; helping to establish and maintain a healthy residential environment conducive to academic and personal growth; assisting with the disciplinary procedure as necessary; implementing University and Housing policies; and assisting with individual student needs, transporting students to airport, events and such required by University Programs Registrar.

Specific Dorm Monitor/RA Duties:

  • Must practice confidentiality, be trustworthy, reliable, and able to communicate and follow rules and directions from University Program Registrar.
  • Be willing to commit for the entire summer (approximately 12 weeks). Remain on campus before and after the term for administrative responsibilities – make room assignments, distribute keys, submit the required paperwork and current reports to University Programs Registrar.
  • Serve as the on-call staff member for the residential area throughout the Summer Programs and holiday breaks as scheduled; rotating with other dorm monitors so that one of the two is always on campus, transport students to the airport if needed, etc.
  • Recognize that the Dorm Monitor/RA position is your primary out-of-class obligation.
  • Demonstrate the characteristics of a Dorm Monitor/RA Servant-Leader.
  • Facilitate community success by encouraging programming efforts and resident engagement.
  • Administer the procedures and policies assigned by University Programs Registrar and Chair of University Programs.
  • Serve as a resource to residents.
  • Assist with emergency situations and illnesses.
  • Report and follow-up with maintenance/dorm concerns (work orders).
  • Be available and present for your residents as needed.
  • Control noise and unruly residents and/or guests.
  • Assist in the opening and closing procedures of the building as necessary (keeping doors locked, vacant rooms locked, etc.)
  • Serve as a liaison to the residential community through University Programs Registrar.
  • Support, promote, & implement programs as directed by the University Programs Registrar (by personal attendance.)
  • Communicate campus information as needed to University Programs Registrar.
  • Dorm Monitor/RA Compensation: Private room, meal plan, and $ 125.00-week compensation.

Apply Online

Library Aide 

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) is offering up to 5 Library Aide positions for the 2019 Summer Programs: May Term: May 13 – May 24, First Session: May 27 - June 28, Second Session: July 1 – August 2, 2018. Library aides are under the supervision of the University Programs Registrar.


  • Library Aides should be enrolled in a minimum of 2 summer sessions.
  • Library Aides must be mature and have a solid academic record
  • Preference will be given to students who are enrolled in more than one term, but consideration will be given to students enrolled in one term.


  • Assist in the library for up to 10 hours per week.
  • Work evenings and weekends after normal staff hours.
  • Assist students as required in the library and computer lab.
  • Perform clerical tasks needed in the library and computer lab.
  • Provide library and computer lab security after normal workweek hours.
  • Compensation: $7.25 per hour.

A complete application must include the following documentation: (1) A completed application form, (2) a statement from the student outlining any relevant experience, and (3) two letters of reference from individual(s) qualified to evaluate your performance of the responsibilities.

Apply Online

For more information contact Regina Kollegger, University Programs Registrar via email rkollegger@disl.org or by phone (251) 861-2141, ext. 7526.

Meet Our Summer Program Faculty

Albins, Mark A., Ph.D. (Oregon State University, 2011). Research Associate, University of South Alabama. The ecology of reef-associated marine fishes, including effects of invasive species and fishing on populations and communities. malbins@disl.org.

Baggett, Lesley P., Ph.D. (University of South Alabama, 2010). Assistant Professor, University of Mobile. Benthic ecology and restoration of nearshore environments such as seagrass beds and oyster reefs. The effects of eutrophication on seagrass beds and their associated organisms. lbaggett@umobile.edu.

Baker, Ronald, Ph.D. (James Cook University, 2006). Assistant Professor, University of South Alabama, and Senior Marine Scientist, Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Coastal and estuarine fisheries ecology; nursery ground ecology; predation and food-web ecology; seascape use of fishery species. rbaker@disl.org.

Blackwell, Keith, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University, 1990). Tropical Weather Specialist and Forecaster, Coastal Weather Research Center and retired Associate Professor of Meteorology, University of South Alabama. Tropical meteorology and hurricanes; weather analysis and forecasting; synoptic and mesoscale meteorology; numerical weather prediction. kblackwell@southalabama.edu.

Bullard, Ash, Ph.D. (Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, University of Southern MIssissippi, 2007). Associate Professor of Fisheries, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University Taxonomy, systematics, and ecology of parasites of aquatic animals, aquatic animal health, ichthyology, invertebrate biology. ash.bullard@auburn.edu.

Carmichael, Ruth, Ph.D. (Boston University, 2004). Senior Marine Scientist II DISL, Associate Professor, Department. of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. Marine ecosystem and organismal responses; understanding biological and physiological responses to environmental change such as nutrient enrichment, climate change and other perturbations. Application of methods in stable isotope and population ecology. rcarmichael@disl.org.

DeBose, Jennifer, Ph.D. (University of California - Davis, 2008). Animal behaviour and marine chemical ecology; ecology of fish aggregations; coral reef ecology; and water quality monitoring. jdebose@disl.org.

Deming, Alissa, DVM, Ph.D. (University of Florida, 2012). Veterinarian and Postdoctoral Researcher, DISL, Marine Mammal Research Center and Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Marine mammal health, infectious disease and anthropogenic impacts on ecosystem health; wild dolphin and manatee health assessments, stranding response and necropsy; emerging diseases, oncology and virology. ademing@disl.org.

Dorgan, Kelly M., Ph.D. (University of Maine, 2007). Senior Marine Scientist I DISL, Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. Sediment ecology, focused primarily on organism-environment interactions; biomechanics and energetics of burrowing; biological-physical interactions; functional morphology of invertebrates. kdorgan@disl.org.

Drymon, J. Marcus, Ph.D. (University of South Alabama, 2010). Assistant Extension Professor, Mississippi State University. Coastal Research and Extension Center Research interests include marine fisheries ecology, specifically trophic interactions/foodweb dynamics of upper trophic-level predators and ecosystem based fishery management. marcus.drymon@msstate.edu.

Elliott, Emily A. (Timmons), Ph.D. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017). Postdoctoral Researcher/Adjunct Faculty, University of Alabama. Coastal geology and geomorphology, paleo- and geochronology, sedimentology and paleotempestology, focusing on understanding the climatic drivers of coastal change. emily.elliott@ua.edu.

Gier, Paul J., Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma, 1997). Professor of Biology, Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama. Zoology, ecology, and evolution. Conservation biology of insects, sexual selection and the evolution of vertebrate mating systems. pgier@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

*Heck, Kenneth, Jr., Ph.D. (Florida State University,1976). Senior Marine Scientist III DISL, Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. kheck@disl.org.

Keyser, Kent, Ph.D. (SUNY Stony Brook, 1980). Professor, Dept. of Vision Sciences, Assistant Vice President for Research, University of Alabama Birmingham. Communication between neurons: neurotransmitters, neurotransmitter receptors in the retina and brain. ktkeyser@uab.edu.

Krause, Jeffrey, Ph.D. (Oregon State University, 2008). Senior Marine Scientist I DISL, Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama.. Marine diatom and cyanobacteria ecology and understanding the coupling between the marine biogeochemical cycle of silicon with those for carbon and nitrogen. jkrause@disl.org.

Lehman, Roy L., Ph.D. (Texas A&M University, College Station, 1993). Professor of Botany, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Retired but active. Marine and coastal terrestrial plants of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, specifically coastal halophytes and seaweeds. The taxonomy and ecological monitoring of coastal plant habitats especially studies of distribution, abundance and interactions. roy.lehman@tamucc.edu

Lewis, Jennifer, Ph.D. (Florida International University, 2010). Director, Tropical Dolphin Research Foundation. Animal movement and the benefits of group formation; foraging ecology; behavioral ecology of tropical dolphin species; marine ecological conservation with focus on non-lethal effects of vessel traffic on marine species. jlewi006@fiu.edu.

Lockridge, Grant R., M.S. (Coastal Carolina University, 2010). Diving Safety Officer/Lead Engineering Technician, DISL. Scientific and commercial diving, system integration, mooring design, instrumentation and sensor development, ocean engineering. glockridge@disl.org.

Miller, Molly M., Ph.D. (University of South Alabama, 2018). Research Coordinator, CiguaPIRE, Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Ecophysiology of estuarine and marine primary producers; understanding physiological responses of organisms to environmental change; molecular and biochemical mechanisms driving species interactions; role of toxins and toxin production in aquatic microalgae. mmmiller@disl.org.

Moss, Anthony G., Ph.D. (Boston University, 1986). Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Marine Biology Program Coordinator, Auburn University. Ctenophores and jellyfish, salps, marine microbial biology, cilia & flagella. mossant@auburn.edu.

Robertson, Alison, Ph.D. (James Cook University, 2005). Senior Marine Scientist I DISL, Assist. Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. Marine chemical ecology, ecotoxicology, and ecological biochemistry. Focus on the ecological role, mechanisms, and biomarkers of exposure, food web dynamics, fate of natural toxins (e.g., harmful algae) in tropical reef ecosystems, and implications for coastal communities. arobertson@disl.org.

*Smee, Lee, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech, 2006). Chair DISL University Programs, Senior Marine Scientist II DISL, Associate Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. Current research topics include oyster reef ecology, mangrove encroachment, pesticide effects on blue crabs, and biogeography of seagrass communities in the Gulf of Mexico. lsmee@disl.org.

Sprinkle, Amy, Ph.D. (University of Delaware, 2009). Marine Science Instructor, University of South Alabama. Oceanography, chemical & biological oceanography, marine biology, biological sciences, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, and trophic dynamics. sprinkle@southalabama.edu

Stanton, Lee, Ph.D. (Louisiana State University, 2005). Associate Professor, University of West Alabama, Director of Black Belt Conservation and Research Institute. lstanton@uwa.edu.

Stoeckel, Jim, Ph.D. (Miami University, 2007). Associate Professor, Auburn University, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences. Crustacean and molluscan ecology and aquaculture; physiological ecology; ecotoxicology; special focus on burrowing crayfish and mussels. jimstoeckel@auburn.edu.

Strang, Christianne, Ph.D. (University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2004). Research Instructor, Department of Vision Sciences, University of Alabama Birmingham. Function of acetylcholine receptors in visual processing. cstrang@uab.edu.

*Valentine, John, Ph.D. (University of Alabama, 1989). Executive Director and Senior Marine Scientist III DISL, Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. jvalentine@disl.org.

Walton, William, Ph.D. (Univ. of Maryland, 2003). Associate Professor, Auburn University, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Marine Extension Specialist, Alabama. Cooperative Extension System. Marine invertebrate fisheries, restoration and aquaculture. billwalton@auburn.edu.

Wibbels, Thane, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University, 1988). Associate Professor of Biology, University of Alabama Birmingham. The biology of temperature-dependent sex determination in reptiles, including emphasis on its implications for the ecology, evolution and conservation of sea turtles. twibbels@uab.edu.

Woodrey, Mark, Ph.D. (University of Southern Mississippi, 1995). Avian Ecologist/Coastal Ecologist at Mississippi State University, Research Coordinator at Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Marsh bird ecology and conservation; monitoring programs for biological resources; tidal marsh ecology; ecological effects of sea level rise on coastal ecosystems. msw103@msstate.edu.

*These faculty are not instructing undergraduate courses this year.

Summer Bulletin

Course Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to enroll at both my home school and at the DISL for my summer course?
Yes, in order to receive academic credit for your courses you MUST register for your class at your home institution and at the DISL. Be sure to get your academic advisor’s approval for your course selections.

Will I receive two billing statements for my summer courses at DISL?
Yes, your home institution will invoice your tuition. The DISL will invoice academic and facility fees as well as your room and board if you decide to live on the DISL campus.

Can out-of-state students enroll in DISL Summer UP courses?
Yes, however, your home school will need to enter an agreement with the DISL for academic credits to transfer. Please contact the UP Registrar Regina Kollegger for more info.

Do I have to be enrolled in a college to take DISL Summer UP courses?
No, you do not need to be enrolled in college to take our courses. You may audit our courses for a fee, but will not receive academic credit for your enrollment.

Do you offer financial aid?
DISL does not offer a financial aid program. You will need to coordinate your financial aid through your home institution. The DISL does offer student work-study and fellowship opportunities, please see above for more info.

Are there housing options on Dauphin Island other than DISL campus living?
Sometimes there are houses available for rent on Dauphin Island, however, you will need to search and coordinate these options on your own.