Mission and Vision

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s mission is to become a center for transformative oceanic and coastal research and education.

Research Support

Uniquely positioned on Dauphin Island, DISL offers researchers and students resources and close proximity for immediate research application.

  • Diving reciprocity for AAUS-compliant MESC faculty and graduate students
  • Access to visiting scientist lab space
  • In-house vessels and small boat user fees
  • Access to state-of-the-art running seawater facility
  • Access to DISL Data Management Center
  • Facilitated collaboration across 22 MESC institutions

Continuing Education Opportunities 

Widely recognized DISL University Programs offer continued hands-on learning during three summer sessions.

  • Graduate student teaching assistantship opportunities
  • Fellowship opportunities for resident students
  • MESC-member faculty teaching opportunities


Continuous learning opportunities for faculty and students both on campus and remotely for up-to-date scientific knowledge in marine education.

  • Formal class and field training for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Real-time and online scientific seminars on current marine environment topics
  • Online data management classes
  • Small boat operation training on DISL vessels
  • Scientific diving training
  • Weekend field trips that include vessel access and housing
  • Housing, auditorium facilities, and full-service dining for regional science meetings

Research Funding Opportunities

Access to grant funding opportunities through collaborative sources.

  • Coastal Research funding through the Alabama RESTORE Act Center of Excellence Program


DISL DE&I Statement

DISL Non-Discriminatory Policy
The Marine Environmental Science Consortium /Dauphin Island Sea Lab (MESC/DISL) acknowledges its ethical and statutory responsibility to afford equal treatment and equal opportunity to all persons and thus complies with all applicable laws and directives regarding non-discrimination and equality of opportunity. As required by Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and all other applicable federal and state laws, MESC/DISL does not discriminate and prohibits discrimination and harassment against faculty, employees, students, volunteers, and applicants based on race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, genetic information, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, or any other applicable legally protected basis. MESC/DISL does reserve the right to make changes in course offerings, curricula, academic policies, scholarships, tuition and fee schedules, and other rules and regulations affecting students in order to correct errors, omissions, inconsistencies, or changes required by regulatory, accrediting, and/or other governing bodies as necessary. The date of effectiveness and interpretation of said rules, regulations, and policies are within the sole discretion of the MESC/DISL. These changes will apply to students who are enrolled at the time of the change, as well as those who will become enrolled in the future.


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