Volume 25, Number 8


August 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.


Lagniappe Has Tallied The Votes - DISL Has The Best Summer Camps!

Enjoying the best summer camp - according to Lagniappe readers.

The locals have spoken and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s summer camps have been voted the best in the region!  Local publication The Lagniappe has awarded DISL Best Summer Camps via their reader poll.  Through their education and outreach group, Discovery Hall Programs (DHP), the Sea Lab offers a number of day and overnight camps for kids of all ages.  All of DISL’s summer camps are taught by DHP’s year-round (and professionally-trained) education staff, undoubtedly one reason for their success. (READ MORE)

Planning the future with an eye to the past - Grand Bay Stakeholders and Scientists Collaborate to Address Historical and Present-Day Water Quality Concerns

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Left, Researcher Beth Darrow (DISL, University of South Alabama) shares results of her work with stakeholders. Right, Dr. R.H. Carmichael (Dauphin Island Sea Lab, University of South Alabama) listens to stakeholder comments at the Grand Bay water quality workshop. Credit: Dr. William Walton.

On August 1, more than 40 researchers, managers and members of the public met for a unique collaborative one-day workshop at the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to discuss local water quality concerns and to develop a product to guide water quality improvements on the Mississippi-Alabama coast. (READ MORE)

DHP Educators – Sharing Ideas, Getting Inspiration

Students testing the prototype of DHP's board game on lionfish and invasive species.

The staff of Discovery Hall Programs, the education and outreach group of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, has been busy over the past several months sharing their teaching ideas with fellow educators across the state and across the nation. (READ MORE)

That's What Friends are For…Become a Friend of the Sea Lab!

You can come visit this guy all year round, as a Friend of the Sea Lab. Credit – Brian Jones.

It’s never too early to think about holiday shopping, and what could be a better present than gifting your friends, family, and even yourself with a Friend of the Sea Lab membership? (READ MORE)

Microbes: Coastal Concerns for Clinicians

Natalie Ortell, DISL, demonstrated DNA methods at the Microbes Workshop in Ocean Springs, MS.

Approximately sixty-five medical doctors, educators, and clinicians attended the first Coastal Concerns for Clinicians workshop at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, MS on August 2. The workshop’s focus included presentations from research experts in viral, bacterial, microalgal, and parasitic threats to Gulf Coast residents.  The talks included information on the historical prevalence and distribution, causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment associated with common seafood related illnesses and case studies to help medical professionals better understand these concerns. (READ MORE)

Hurricane Season is Here – Do You Have a Plan for your Vessel?

This homeowner ended up with an unclaimed boat in the front yard after Hurricane Katrina (r). Anchoring unattended vessels on property not your own is against the law. Make your storm plans for your vessels now.

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a large pleasure boat blocked the driveway to a Dog River resident's home. Were there an emergency, no one could get to the house. This was not the first time a boat had damaged private property; members of the Dog River Clearwater Revival (DRCR) have been patiently following the mooring issue and derelict vessel problem for at least eight years, pressing local and state officials to do something about this issue. (READ MORE)

Scholarships Provide Opportunities to Stellar Students

Sarah Bowman, winner of the MASGC scholarship to DISL's summer class in marine science for high school students.

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab have had a close partnership for many years. This partnership has benefited Discovery Hall Programs (DHP) visitors in several ways, including financial support for students to attend some of the award-winning summer programs available. MASGC provides scholarships, awarded to students at the Alabama State Science and Engineering Fair, to both the weeklong Gulf Island Journey middle school camp and to the month-long Course in Marine Science for high school students. (READ MORE)

Summer Internships at the DISL, thanks to ExxonMobil

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(l-r) ExxonMobil 2014 Summer Interns Alex Shealy, Logan Holfelder, and Michael Short. Credit – Michael Short.

For a number of years, Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) has been a part of the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, and continued the tradition this summer. The program provided funding for three internships at DISL and selected Alex Shealy, Logan Holfelder, and Michael Short as the summer interns. Each intern had a different area of focus and was able to participate in the variety of work taking place at DISL. (READ MORE)

Sea Lab Notes

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Dr. John Dindo (r) accepts ExxonMobil's donation of portable generators from ExxonMobil representative Mr. Michael Foutz.
  • Power outages are more than an inconvenience in an aquarium; they can spell disaster when trying to keep the animals healthy in their tanks. Thanks to ExxonMobil for their generous donation of four portable generators to the DISL and Estuarium. Dr. John Dindo, DISL, gratefully received the generators from ExxonMobil Representative Mr. Michael Foutz. (READ MORE)

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