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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 Dauphin Island Sea Lab was founded in 1972 by the Alabama legislature to provide marine science programs for many of the state’s colleges and universities. Today, 23 member institutions partner with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab to provide studies to undergraduate and graduate students. Since 1972, the DISL mission has expanded to include K-12 education, professional development, and a public aquarium.
The Alabama Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium (MESC) is comprised of 23 public and private colleges and universities. The Presidents of each school make up the MESC Board of Directors. The Program Committee members consist of one faculty member, appointed by the President, from each of the member institutions.
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 Dauphin Island Sea Lab. 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 oversight 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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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.
Discover an authentic Gulf Coast experience at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Our 5 unique venues combine on-point technology and amenities to keep you focused.
The ArtSeaLab Festival is a collaboration between Art Does It (ADI), a nonprofit arts organization, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL). ArtSeaLab’s mission is to enhance the public’s understanding of the ecological challenges facing the northern Gulf of Mexico and its coastline through the dialogs of art, science, and folk life.
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Tickets are on sale now for the Forks and Corks Culinary Arts Gala at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. The event will be held Friday, October 26, 2018 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.