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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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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TABLE OF CONTENTS
|Summertime Nutrients Supply to Near-Surface to Near-Surface Waters of the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico: 1998, 1999, and 2000. By Leila Belabbassii, Peirs Chapman, Worth D. Nowlin, Jr., Ann E. Jochens and Douglas C. Biggs||137|
|Variability of the Sea Surface Temperatures Around Cuba. By Sergio Cerdeira-Estrada, Frank E. Muller-Karger and Artemio Gallegos-Garica||161|
|Characterizing Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) Assemblages Near the Sabine Pass Inlet.
By Jennifer Brooke Shipley
|Cetacean Strandings on the Southwestern Coast of the Gulf of Mexico. By Alejandro Ortega-Argueta, Clara E. Perez and Hector Alafitta||179|
|Site Specificity and the Impact of Recreational Fishing Activity on Subadult Endangered Kemp‘s Ridley Sea Turtles in Estuarine Foraging Habitats in the Northeast Gulf of Mexico. By Anne Rudloe and Jack Rudloe||186|
|Shrimp Landings Trends as Indicators of Estuarine Habitat Quality. By Thomas P. O‘Connor and Gary C. Matlock||192|
|Response of Turtlegrass to Natural and Reduced Light Under Conditions of Rhizome Isolation. By Silvia E. Ibarra-Obando, Kenneth L. Heck, Jr. and Patricia M. Spitzer||197|
|Regional and Fishery-Specific Patterns of Age and Growth of Yellowtail Snapper, Ocyurus chrysurus. By Robert J. Allman, Luiz R. Barbier and Claudine T. Bartels||211|
|Seasonal Variation in Fish Assemblages Within the Estuarine Portions of the Myakaka and Peace Rivers, Southwest Florida. By Charles F. Idlberger and Marin F. D. Greenwood||224|
|Peracarid Crustaceans of central Laguna Madre Tamaulipas in the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico. By Everardo Barba and Alberto J. Sanchez||241|
Short Papers and Notes
|Microsatellitte Markers for Cobia , Rachycentron canadum. By M. A. Renshaw, C. L. Pruett E. Saillant, J. C. Patton, C. E. Rexroad III and J. R. Gold||