Volume 26, Number 3


March 2015

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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.


Discover the Wonders of the Ocean!

Touch, discover and delight at Discovery Day, Saturday, April 11 at the Sea Lab!


Discovery Day at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Featuring FREE CHILDREN'S ADMISSION TO ESTUARIUM
When: Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: The Dauphin Island Sea Lab
101 Bienville, Boulevard, Dauphin Island
  • Free Children's Admission to the Estuarium and 15% Discount in Gift Shop
  • Open House and Interactive Exhibits at the Research Laboratories
  • Free Kids' Activities, Ocean Games and Fun Crafts
  • Much, much more!
Cost: FREE, except for reduced adult admission to Estuarium (READ MORE)

This Project is Live! Help Support Tiger Shark Research!

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Dr. Marcus Drymon hauls in a hammerhead shark.

From March 2 to May 1, you'll have a chance to support Tiger Shark Research in the Gulf of Mexico. By visiting www.experiment.com/tigersharks, you can help purchase satellite tags to help Dr. Marcus Drymon and his team examine why backyard songbirds end up so often in the diet of tiger sharks. The top four supporters of this project will have the opportunity to name a tagged shark, and will receive updates on the location of those sharks for the lifetime of the SPOT tag. (READ MORE)

How Will We Survive with 9 Billion People on Our Planet? Hear One Scientist's Take on This Challenge.

Dr. Carlos Duarte will talk about an ocean-based society of the future on Monday, April 13, at a free lecture at the University of South Alabama.


17th Annual Wiese Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Dr. Carlos M. Duarte, World-Renowned Marine Ecologist.
Topic: Ocean Solutions for Humanity's Grand Challenges
When: Monday, April 13, 2015 – 7pm to 8pm
Admission: FREE For more information, call 251-460-7136 or email nmerrill@southalabama.edu (READ MORE)

Sharks – and Learning – at a Distance

Greg Graeber in Discovery Hall's distance learning classroom.

For the past two years, Discovery Hall Programs (DHP) has been offering monthly virtual field trips through Alabama's ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide) program. ACCESS provides equal access to classes and other educational opportunities to students across the state through distance learning technology. (READ MORE)

DISL Supports Relay for Life – Go Team Spadefish!

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Last year's Team Spadefish captain Whitney Scheffel (left) and this year's captain Elizabeth Hief (right) get photobombed by DISL's Cindy Grimes, a cancer survivor. Please consider supporting Team Spadefish in this year's Relay for Life.

This year, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will once again participate in Relay for Life at the University of South Alabama on March 20th at 7pm at the Student Center Quad. Relay for Life is the number one fundraising event in the world. All proceeds benefit the amazing research and services of the American Cancer Society. (READ MORE)

B(e) – WET this summer!

Teachers Leah Langston and Karen Metcalf trying out their new water quality sampling kits at a pond on Dauphin Island.

With a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bay Watershed Education & Training program (B-WET), Discovery Hall Programs has been conducting a program for teachers and students about water quality and the role that filter feeding organisms play in affecting it. The program is known as WEB – Watershed Education using Bivalves (WEB). (READ MORE)

In Memoriam – Dr. Will Schroeder


The Dauphin Island Sea Lab sadly announces the passing of Dr. Will Schroeder, who died on Friday, February 27, 2015 in Colorado. Will was one of the founding members of the Sea Lab, and those who knew him personally agree that Will shall remain one of the most memorable and outstanding characters from the DISL. (READ MORE)

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