Cocktails with Critters, the major fundraiser for the DISLF will be Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 6:00 till 9:00 at The Blue Gill on the Causeway.  The silent auction will be held in advance online Sunday, April 28th to Wednesday, May 1 with over 100 items up for grabs!!  The Foundation appreciates your support.  A portion of the proceeds raised this year will be used to fund student scholarships and other projects at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

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Friends of the Sea Lab Annual Membership


The Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) is Alabama’s marine science education and research laboratory. Located on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island, a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, the DISL is

surrounded by Mobile Bay, Mississippi Sound and the waters of the Gulf, making it perfectly situated for a wide range of marine science activity. DISL’s mission encompasses marine science research, coastal zone management policy, K-12 education, professional development for teachers and educating the general public through the Alabama Aquarium, DISL’s public aquarium.

Your contribution to join the Friends of the Sea Lab will help support the following:

  • Marine Research

  • Fisheries Research

  • Campus Development

  • Alabama Aquariu

  • Educational Program                                                              


Alabama Dermatology Society Sponsors New Shades on Campus

The Alabama Dermatology Society (ADS) generously sponsored new shades for two locations on the DISL Campus.  The new shades allow students and teachers to be out of doors to learn about Marine Science in a safe comfortable environment.  THANK YOU  ADS!!

New Endeavor Shades Installed
New Endeavor Shades Installed
New Shades for the Pavillion
New Shades for the Pavillion

Alabama Aquarium is Open!

The renovations are complete, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab has reopened the Alabama Aquarium. 

The Alabama Aquarium first opened in March 1998. It is a popular attraction for residents and tourists. This renovation delivers an improved visitor experience, a refreshed interior, and a deeper connection to the research led by DISL faculty and students.

“We are thrilled to reopen our doors and welcome visitors back to the Alabama Aquarium,” said DISL Executive Director Dr. John Valentine. “Our goal has always been to provide an unparalleled experience that inspires visitors to care for and protect the ocean and its creatures, and we believe that the improvements we’ve made will help us achieve that goal.”

Visitors can purchase tickets online or at the door. The aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and visitors are encouraged to book their tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line.

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"The course style influenced me in the college that I eventually attended. I am very thankful for the Marine Science Course and the Sea Lab. It was my first step into a field of study which I still find very interesting."

- Autumn, Marine Science Course
for High School Students.

Support Research

"The diversity of these experiences and being exposed to different lab techniques and a variety of field work has really helped me as a young scientist."

- Ph.D. Student Jesse Gwinn

Support Campus

"I wanted to come to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab because of the researchers and the resources", Rodriguez explained. "It's a close environment with easy access to faculty and everyone is excited to help you."

- Masters Graduate, Alex Rodriguez

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