Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation


Mailing Address:

PO Box 82151

Mobile, AL  36689


Office Located at 4513 Old Shell Road Suite 2


Cocktails with Critters 2020 Sponsors

Signature Sponsor


Poarch Band of Creek Indians


Event Sponsor


Auburn University Foundation

Dr. and Mrs. Ken Ellingwood

Hancock Whitney

PMT Publishing

University of Alabama




Austal USA

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Ingalls Shipbuilding

Meador Wearhousing

Mobile Bar Pilots

Mobile Big Game Fishing

Norton Lilly International

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Marty Stapleton

Volkert Inc.





Alabama Capital LLC

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Bay Steel

Beachcomber Marina

Clark Personnel, Inc.

Cowles, Murphy, Glover & Associates

Cunningham Bounds, LLC

Cunningham DeLaney Construction, LLC

Dauphin Island Marina

Greer's Markets

Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC

Helmsing, Leach, Herlong, Newman & Rouse, P.C.

Lexus of Mobile

Master Boat Builders, Inc.


Mobile Dermatology

Rob't J Baggett

Thompson Holdings Foundation

Trustmark National Bank

UJ Chevrolet





The Center for Dermatology

CenterState Bank

Ben Coale

Cooper Marine & Timberlands, Inc.

E.F. Thompson Geotechnologies, Inc.

Galati Yacht Sales

McKinney Petroleum and Equipment

M.W. Rogers Construction Co, LLC

Mobile Ship Chandlery, Inc.

Stephanie and Skeeter Morris

Noblet Family Dental

Pelican Coast Conservancy, Inc.

Persons Services Corporation

Rayford and Associates, Inc.

Stirling Properties

Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects

WB Shedd & Co LLC



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CWC Virtual Auction extended to Thursday September 24

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Suffers Major Damage due to Hurricane Sally

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab suffered severe damage to several of the buildings on campus due to Hurricane Sally.  


“Our research building is heavily damaged,” Dr. John Valentine Executive Director of DISL in an al.com interview. “We’ve lost a good bit of roofing here and there, the graduate student dormitory has no roof on it to speak of.” Not every building is damaged, but there are “roofing nails everywhere,” which is never a good sign. One of the lab’s smaller boats was sunk. 

It will require a complicated choreography to repair the buildings and conduct Marine Research and it will take some time.  The staff is working on a plan now to begin the recovery process.  In the end The Sea Lab will and its students will prevail and the campus will be even better than before.
The DISL's most important resource is safe - the people. The rest can be replaced. But the heart and soul of the DISL has always been the incredible staff, students and scientists.




  • Aerial View of Albatross Dorm
  • Stairwell Marine Science Hall
  • Marine Science Hall Street View
  • Aerial View of Marine Science Hall

Due to Hurricane Sally Cocktails with the Critters Virtual Auction has been extended Until Thursday September 24 at 8 pm

I know you missed it when we were unable to host Cocktails with the Critters in May but I know you'll be excited to know that we are bringing our fabulous silent auction to your laptop, ipad or phone in September. We have many of the items you see and want every year along with a host of new things too. Click on the link and sign up to become a Bidder and see what we have so far. We are adding items every day as they are coming in so check in often.

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

New Campus Campaign

The DISL Foundation would like to thank Dr. Joseph and Jackie Busta and Mr. Bill Haffner for their recent generous gifts to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab to help support campus.



Dr. and Mrs. Busta honored their daughter and son in law, Melea and Curt, whose romance blossomed at the Lab 30 years ago while they attended the Summer High School Marine Science Camp.


Bill Haffner honored his late wife Betsy, an exceptional educator, with a sign on the meeting room in the Wiese building.


The DISL Foundation is supporting the DISL campus through a program of naming opportunities.  The entire campus is up for grabs!  Opportunities start as little as $1000 and span up to $100,000. Almost any size gift within this range has a room just waiting for you to claim it. 


 To find out more contact Helene Hassell, hhassell@disl.org or call 251-605-6624.

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

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.