Dauphin Island Sea Lab : the State of Alabama’s Marine Science Institution


Mission and Vision :

As a marine laboratory, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s (DISL) mission encompasses the pursuit of excellence in marine science education, marine research, coastal zone management policy and public engagement through the Estuarium, DISL’s public aquarium. Founded in 1971 by the State Legislature, the DISL is administrative home for Alabama’s Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium. Located on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island, a barrier island in the northern Gulf of Mexico, the DISL is surrounded by Mobile Bay, Mississippi Sound and the waters of the Gulf, making it a perfect location to conduct a wide range of marine science activity.


What We Do :

The DISL serves the 22 four-year colleges and universities of Alabama through its college summer courses and graduate programs directed by University Programs (UP). Our educational mission also includes Discovery Hall Programs (DHP) which encompasses K-12 field programs, teacher-training, and public engagement.  DHP also includes the Estuarium, the public aquarium of the DISL, which focuses solely on the Mobile-Tensaw Estuary System.


The research programs of the DISL range from biogeochemistry and oceanography to ecosystem ecology. Although most of our research focuses on the near-shore and estuarine processes of the northern Gulf of Mexico, field sites of our internationally-renowned faculty also include Mexico, Australia, and Croatia and other countries.

DISL offers state and local government, industry and agency decision makers a range of coastal zone management services.  One of key contributors to coastal zone management is the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, which falls within the DISL’s numerous programs. DISL is also the home of a nationally acclaimed data management center.


101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528, USA
Phone:  +1-251-861-2141

Fax  : +1- 251-861-4646


101 Bienville Boulevard • Dauphin Island, Alabama • 36528, USA


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