Volume 26, Number 7


July 2015

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We'd like to acknowledge Laura Prehn, DISL's 2015 ExxonMobil Public Relations Intern, for her superb work in this issue of the Sea Lab Skimmer. Laura has written most of the feature articles that follow – great job, Laura!


First-Ever Horseshoe Crab Tagging Program Underway at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab

(Top) A tagged horseshoe crab. (Bottom) DISL REU fellow Sean Carter with a tagged horseshoe crab molt. This tagging project is part of his independent research project for his DISL fellowship.

American horseshoe crabs, those spiny, briny creatures with a vaguely alien look to them, may seem common to some beach-goers in Alabama, but their physical properties are unique. Their copper-rich blue blood makes them of particular interest for medical research and human health, and scientists at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) are about to investigate their local populations further with a first-ever tagging program in the state of Alabama. (READ MORE)

Teens Embark on New Voyage at DISL

Kayaking is just one of the activities available for the participants in BayVoyager.

Discovery Hall Programs at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is exploring the depths of hands-on learning by adding a brand-new program to their arsenal of summer camps! BayVoyager, is a six-day residential camp for students entering the 9th through 11th grade. (READ MORE)

JROTC Program Pays Sea Lab a Visit

Brian Jones, Senior Aquarist at the Estuarium, offers a horseshoe crab for examination.

During one week in June, visitors to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab may have seen an unusual sight for a water-centered facility— a sea of Army green. About 125 cadets from the STEM JROTC program of Mobile County toured the facilities of the Sea Lab. The goal of the STEM JROTC program is to combine the rigorous standards and high work ethic of JROTC with career-oriented academics by introducing the cadets to fields related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). (READ MORE)

Reaching from the Northern Gulf to the Arctic – with ROVs…

Testing the waters in Canada with ROVs.

Students from across the world travelled to St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada to put their Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to the test in the 14th Annual MATE International ROV Competition. The theme this year was ROVs in Extreme Environments: Science and Industry in the Arctic. Traveling all the way to St John's to participate was the winning team for the RANGER class at the Northern Gulf Coast Regional Competition held at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Santa Rosa Subtropics from Milton, FL. (READ MORE)

ExxonMobil Provides Community Summer Jobs to Dauphin Island

(l) Laura Prehn; (r) Caleb Dobbs

In a challenging job market for college undergraduates with little to no experience in their fields of study, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) and ExxonMobil are working to provide students with exactly what they need: a summer job and the experience to help their careers hit the ground running after graduation. ExxonMobil has been sponsoring the Community Summer Jobs Program at DISL for more than a decade, and so far the experience gained by the students has proved invaluable. (READ MORE)

Sea Lab Notes

Stan Bosarge (l) receiving the USGIF Academic Award from Keith Masback, CEO of USGIF, at the GEOINT Symposium.
  • Congratulations to DISL's Stan Bosarge, Research Lab Manager for the Fisheries Lab, for receiving the 2015 United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Academic Achievement Award. (READ MORE)

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