Volume 25, Number 11


November 2014

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There's always something happening here at the Sea Lab, and we hope to bring you frequent updates of the latest activities.


Phase II – Derelict Vessels Removed from Dauphin Island Canal

Debris being removed from the Dauphin Island canal and marshes. Credit: Lee Yokel, DISL.

The drive to Dauphin Island will be a little more scenic, thanks to Phase II of a Derelict Vessel Removal funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. (READ MORE)

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Offers New Summer Program For High School Students

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You'll make all sorts of friends at the Sea Lab's new BayVoyager Program, available summer 2015.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Discovery Hall Programs will be offering a new, week-long residential program for high school students for the summer of 2015. BayVoyager is designed to be an active outdoors, hands-on program for students in grade 9-11; students will participate in a variety of activities as they learn about Alabama's marine environment, animals and plants. (READ MORE)

Ahoy, New Docents!

Docents heading out on the R/V Alabama Discovery.

The DISL and Estuarium would like to welcome our newest docents Kristine Alford; Susan Dubey; Shawn Early; Carol Ann Goodwin; Anna Henrikson; and Lizana Lucy. These newest members of our team were able to join the Annual Docent Boat Trip recently, aboard the DISL's Alabama Discovery, one of the most entertaining floating classrooms on the Gulf of Mexico. (READ MORE)

What do Prairie Chickens and ROVs have in Common?

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Testing the waters at the BEST Robotics Competition.

Discovery Hall Programs (DHP), with funding from various sources, have developed a multi-faceted educational program focused around ROVs or remotely-operated vehicles. ROVs are underwater robots that are now widely used in ocean exploration, oceanographic research and in marine industry. They have gained widespread public recognition as a result of the Deepwater Horizon incident, as they were used to investigate, measure and ultimately cap the leaking well head at a depth of 5000 feet. (READ MORE)

In Memory of Fr. Gerald T. Regan

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Left top – Fr. Regan (crouching, in black knit hat) with the SHORES group on a field trip. Left bottom – Fr. Regan (second from left) conducting a necropsy with students. Right – This is how the DISL community will always remember "our Father Doctor."

Gerry. GTR. Father Doctor. By any name, Fr. Gerald T. Regan, S.J. was one of a kind – honest to the bone, passionate about marine education, challenging to one and all. Fr. Regan taught for many years at Spring Hill College and at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and his influence on generations of students runs deeply and widely. His passing on October 23, 2014 created waves of sadness – and started a tsunami of memories in honor of this unforgettable priest, mentor and teacher. (READ MORE)

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