Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation


Mailing Address:

PO Box 82151

Mobile, AL  36689


Office Located at 4513 Old Shell Road Suite 2



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Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, November 6

Battlehouse Hotel

Moonlight Ballroom

Doors open at 11:00 am

Luncheon 11:30 till 1:00



Jimbo Meador


Thompson Engineering Eco Team


$50 per Ticket

$400 for a table of 8

$500 for a table of 10


Click here to make a reservation



Edie Widder discovers giant Squid in the Gulf of Mexico

Edie Widder to speak at the DISL Foundation Luncheon

Dr. Edie Widder
Dr. Edie Widder

Edith Widder is a deep-sea explorer and MacArthur Fellow who combines expertise in oceanographic research and technological innovation with a commitment to reversing the worldwide trend of marine ecosystem degradation. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Tufts University and her MS in Biochemistry and PhD in Neurobiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Two years after completing her Ph.D., Dr. Widder became certified as a Scientific Research Pilot for Atmospheric Diving Systems.

A specialist in bioluminescence (the light chemically produced by many ocean organisms), she has been a leader in helping to design and invent new submersible instrumentation, and equipment to enable unobtrusive deep-sea observations. Her innovations have produced footage of rare sharks, jellyfish, and crustaceans, as well as led to the discovery of a new species of large squid and made the first ever recordings of the giant squid, Architeuthis, in its natural habitat. In 2005, in order to help protect the ocean she loves, Widder co-founded the Ocean Research & Conservation Association, a not-for-profit dedicated to the study and protection of marine ecosystems and the species they sustain through development of innovative technologies and science-based conservation action.

Celebrating our Donors

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the DISL Foundation celebrate our donors from 2010-2017.     Make a donation today to have your name listed in the 2018-2019 edition of the Honor Roll of Donors.  If your name is not listed and it should be please contact us at sealabfoundation.org.




Why Donate


A young child's trip to the Estuarium, the DISL's Aquarium, sparks the imagination.  Time spent with our Discovery Hall Program's educators grows the desire to study marine science leading many to pursue college degrees.  University Programs create focus on research.



Every reason for supporting and donating is different, but every donation matters. Your donation enhances the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's educational, research and service programs.


Support Education


"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

Sea Lab Priorites Needs List

To support the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, click here to learn all the ways you can donate.  To view the Sea Lab's most current priority needs list click on the link below to view the pdf.



Sea Lab Priority Needs List

Friends of the Sea Lab enjoy unlimited visits to the Estuarium

The Estuarium, the State of Alabama's Aquarium highlights the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. It includes the 10,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, a 7,000 gallon sting ray touch pool, and the Living Marsh Boardwalk. This facility has 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display. The Estuarium showcases the plants, animals, and other natural resources found in the Estuary and its surrounding marine habitats.


"Windows to the Sea” the interactive wing to the Estuarium features  a unique look at our oceans through the use of technology, including  An interactive video wall which offers a glimpse into a Sargassam community and takes visitors on a spin around the globe to see how the Earth has evolved over millions of years.   The experience extends to a touch screen table with activities for visitors of all ages and the  “Sounds of the Sea,” which teleports visitors through the Delta, Gulf of Mexico, and beyond with sounds of the alligator, various fish, the Gaillard Island brown pelican and tern colonies, and right whales. 
The centerpiece of the wing is a beautiful 500 gallon tank  featuring a Hawaiian reef community.

   Click on the Friends tab above to find out more and download the membership form.

Jenny Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund



Please help us send under privileged high school students to the Summer Marine Science Course at the Sea Lab by donating to the Jenny Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund. This has been recognized as one of the most important needs for the Discovery Hall Programs.  A donation to the fund can make it possible for a child attend the month long program and gain high school credit.   Hep us reach our goal so we can make this an annual gift to the Sea Lab.

Cocktails with the Critters 2019

Cocktails with the Critters, the 14th annual fundraiser for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, was a huge success.  Thanks to everyone who came and supported the Foundation. It was a wonderful night.


Mark you calendar for CWC 2020  celebrating 15 years May 7, 2020!!