Volume 26, Number 8


August 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.


Speed ACER – Field and Wet Lab Projects Begin for GoMRI Projects

(left) l-r: Sarah Berke (PI), Katie Baltzer (research technician), Kara Gadeken (graduate student) sectioning and processing sediment cores for infauna (animals that burrow into the sediment) and other metrics on the back deck of the Southern Way. (Right) Aerial image of the tank design at the DISL with the multiple treatments of salt marsh and mangrove plants.

The Alabama Center for Ecological Resilience (ACER) at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, a consortium made up of scientists from nine different research institutions and led by Dr. John Valentine, have recently begun carrying out multi-investigator field and laboratory studies. ACER is funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), an independent research program whose mission is to investigate the impacts of oil on the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico in a broad context of improving understanding of the environmental stresses and public health implications of such events. (READ MORE)

DISL Gives Emerging Scholars New Environmental Perspective

(l-r) Emerging Scholars JaKaylah Napier, Jalea Perine, Wendy Mateo, Gabriel Orange, and Nadeerah Abdul-Addar aboard the Sea Lab's R/V Alabama Discovery to experience marine environments firsthand.

Among the many dedicated and promising students enrolled in the high school class in Marine Science offered by Discovery Hall Programs (DHP) this summer, came five young women representing the Emerging Scholars in Health Sciences program in Mobile, Alabama. The program, which is offered through the University of South Alabama, seeks to empower and educate high school students interested in health sciences by teaching them about the way human health can be affected by environmental factors. (READ MORE)

Research Experience for Undergraduates Program at the DISL

The 2015 DISL REU fellows are (l-r) Sarah Cole; Sean Carter; Diana Cordero; Molly Thistle; Jessica Gwin; Charisma Lauritzen; Madison McBarnes; and Arsalan Kouser.

Eight undergraduates from around the country just wrapped up their intensive 12-week stay at the DISL as Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) fellows, a program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). (READ MORE)

Using Lionfish and Fun to Teach About Invasive Species

NMEA 2015 Workshop participants enjoying a round of Lionfish Invasion!

In 2010, the invasive lionfish began appearing around natural and artificial reefs in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Researchers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab have been observing changes in the biodiversity and trophic structure of these reefs since the lionfish appearance. This summer, Jennifer Latour of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Discovery Hall Program, shared newly developed activities and materials reflecting the Sea Lab’s research with fellow educators across the nation at the National Marine Educator’s Association (NMEA) annual conference in Rhode Island. (READ MORE)

DISL's Graduate Student Organization Adopt-A-Stream

(l-r) Cy Clemo, Katie Baltzer, Alex Marquez, Steve Garner (GSO President), Emily Seubert, Aaron Macy, Whitney Scheffel. Credit - Whitney Scheffel.

In 2014, the Graduate Student Organization (GSO at the DISL adopted Rabbit Creek, the southwestern leg of Dog River, as part of Alabama's Adopt-A-Stream program. The official sign can be seen where Rabbit Creek crosses under HWY 193. This July, graduate students used kayaks to access and remove various types of trash that had collected along the shoreline. (READ MORE)

Sea Lab Notes

Come meet National Geographic Photographer David Doubilet on October 27. Credit: David Doubilet.
  • Mark your calendars for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation's Fourth Annual Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. In addition to honoring an individual and an organization for their contributions to marine environmental sustainability along our coast, the luncheon will feature award-winning National Geographic Photographer David Doubilet! For more information, visit sealabfoundation.org. (READ MORE)

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