Volume 27, Number 1


January 2016

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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.


DHP Summer 2016 Camps Enrolling Now!

This boat cruise is for learning! DHP students get ready for adventure aboard the R/V Alabama Discovery.

Discovery Hall Programs (DHP) is once again gearing up for a summer full of fun! Summer 2016 dates are set, and enrollment for summer camps is now open. (READ MORE)

DISL Scientist Receives NAS Gulf Research Program Grant to Analyze Data on Living Shorelines

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Dr. Kenneth Heck navigating a boat along the marsh of Little Dauphin Island, looking at natural and restored intertidal oyster reefs. Credit: Dottie Byron/DISL.

The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently announced the recipients of nine data synthesis grants, totaling more than $4.4 million. These grants are designed to support activities that synthesize existing data for one of two purposes: 1) to inform efforts to restore and maintain the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem services, or 2) to enhance understanding of the Deep Gulf or its physical and biological connectivity to coastal communities. Dr. Kenneth L. Heck, Senior Marine Scientist, DISL, will receive $469,000 for his project Living shorelines: Synthesizing the results of a decade of implementation in coastal Alabama. (READ MORE)

DHP Summer 2016 Teacher Workshops Enrolling Now!

Fins, Fishes and Fisheries – add Fun to that workshop as teachers go long-lining in the Gulf of Mexico.

Discovery Hall Programs (DHP) offers teachers and informal educators learning opportunities every summer. These field-based, multi-day workshops make professional development fun, and include conversations with scientists, field activities and exploration of relevant classroom activities. All workshops are offered at no cost to teachers, though a refundable registration fee is required. Enrollment for the 2016 workshops is now open. (READ MORE)

A Tour de Phytoplankton!

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After presenting his talk in Marseilles, France (l), Dr. Krause returned to the US to cruise the Mississippi-Alabama shelf aboard the R/V Pt. Sur for CONCORDE (r).

What makes the Sea Lab so successful? The ideal location, on the Gulf of Mexico? The award-winning courses and programs? These would mean far less without the drive, determination and innovation of a dedicated staff, and we are so pleased when outside organizations recognize them as well. (READ MORE)

Welcome aboard!

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Dr. Brittany Blomberg (l) and Ms. Regina Kollegger (r).

The DISL and University Programs (UP) would like to welcome two new faces to our organization – UP Registrar Regina Kollegger and Post-doctoral Fellow Dr. Brittany Blomberg. (READ MORE)

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