Volume 25, Number 12


December 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.


DISL Receives $6.5M Grant from Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to Study Oil Impacts in the Gulf of Mexico


The Dauphin Island Sea Lab/Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium (DISL/MESC) was recently awarded $6,497,054 by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to study oil impacts in the Gulf of Mexico. The DISL/MESC was one of 12 research consortia selected to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health. (READ MORE)

Manatee Stranding Season Has Begun

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This manatee, sighted in Orange Beach, AL, in December 2011, shows symptoms of cold stress such as skin discoloration and a peanut-shaped head. Credit D. Graham, DISL/MSN Contributor.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Manatee Sighting Network (DISL/MSN) is asking for help from the public to report manatee sightings in Alabama and Mississippi, since manatee-stranding season began on November 15th. Local water temperatures currently average between 51 and 60°F, below the 68°F threshold at which manatees begin to show symptoms of cold stress. (READ MORE)

America's Amazon – A Teacher's Guide


The film America's Amazon focuses on the amazing biodiversity of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The Delta is one of the largest river deltas in the United States and consists of about 300 square miles of cypress swamps, bottomland hardwood forests, marshes, bogs, rivers and bayous. It lies at the confluence of the Alabama and Tombigbee rivers, thus receiving water from most of the state as well as a bit of Mississippi and Georgia. The hour-long film shows us the beauty of the Delta and its inhabitants through the seasons and includes appearances by Dr. E. O. Wilson, one of the foremost biologists in the world today (and an Alabama native) and local folks who grew up in and around the Delta. (READ MORE)

Dauphin Island Sea Lab will offer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in 2015

Former DISL Faculty Rob Condon (l) and Jami Ivory (r), 2011 REU participant from Humboldt State University. Jami put her diving experience to good use during her REU experience at the DISL.

What: REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Program, funded by NSF

When: June 1 – August 7, 2015

Where: Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, Alabama

Deadline for application: February 13, 2015

For more info: http://univ-prog.disl.org/nsf/nsfapplication.cfm or contact Sally Brennan, DISL University Programs Registrar, (251) 861-2141, ext. 2256 (sbrennan@disl.org). (READ MORE)

DISL Researchers and MBNEP Receives Grants from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for Gulf Restoration Projects

(From a press release from Alabama Governor Robert Bentley) Governor Robert Bentley announced the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has approved $9.6 million for four Alabama projects that address high priority conservation needs to restore some of Alabama's natural resources affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. (READ MORE)

DISL Figures Prominently in Santa's Gift Bag This Year!

Top – A summer camp experience is the gift of lifetime of memories; Bottom left – a school of fish plaques on the Estuarium Boardwalk; Bottom right – Seasodies will brighten up any room in your house.

Enough with the tired ties and novelty coffee mugs! This year, Santa has a brand new bag – and the Sea Lab is happy to fill it for him! . (READ MORE)

DISL Assists with Coastal Studies Signature Academy


The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is partnering with Alma Bryant High School in Bayou la Batre on their new Coastal Studies Signature Academy. A Signature Academy is a unique academic and career program in a specific discipline for high school students. Over the past several years, the Mobile County Public School System has been working with the Mobile Area Education Foundation to develop a number of these academies, located at specific high schools in the Mobile area. (READ MORE)

Sea Lab Notes

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Top- Dr. John Dindo, DISL (l) and Russ Golson, ExxonMobil (r); Bottom – Dr. Ken Heck (front row, far left) and workshop participants at Edith Cowan University.
  • ExxonMobil is continuing their long-term support of the DISL's many programs, with a grant of $35,000. Sheri Naramore, ExxonMobil, and Russ Golson, Operations Superintendent ExxonMobil, recently visited Dr. John Dindo to present the grant. The donation will support our traveling marine classroom, BayMobile; Discovery Hall Programs; the DISL Graduate Student Organization; and general support for DISL's graduate students. (READ MORE)

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