Undergrad/Summer Programs

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Summer Programs consists of three sessions of undergraduate and graduate courses in Marine Science. The session dates for 2019 are:

  • a two week May term (May 13 - May 24)
  • a five-week First Session (May 27 - June 28)  
  • a five-week Second session. (July 1 - August 2)

During the three sessions, more than two dozen marine science courses of varying amounts of credit are offered.

During the summer, a majority of students are in residence on the DISL campus. Class schedules and field trips often require students to spend some evening and weekend time working in the laboratory, on class projects or on extended field exercises. These courses emphasize learning through 'hands on' laboratory and research experience.

Summer Program Faculty/Research Interest

Albins, Mark A., Ph.D. (Oregon State University, 2011). Research Associate, University of South Alabama. The ecology of reef-associated marine fishes, including effects of invasive species and fishing on populations and communities. malbins@disl.org.

Baggett, Lesley P., Ph.D. (University of South Alabama, 2010). Assistant Professor, University of Mobile. Benthic ecology and restoration of nearshore environments such as seagrass beds and oyster reefs. The effects of eutrophication on seagrass beds and their associated organisms. lbaggett@umobile.edu.

Baker, Ronald, Ph.D. (James Cook University, 2006). Assistant Professor, University of South Alabama, and Senior Marine Scientist, Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Coastal and estuarine fisheries ecology; nursery ground ecology; predation and food-web ecology; seascape use of fishery species. rbaker@disl.org.

Blackwell, Keith, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University, 1990). Tropical Weather Specialist and Forecaster, Coastal Weather Research Center and retired Associate Professor of Meteorology, University of South Alabama. Tropical meteorology and hurricanes; weather analysis and forecasting; synoptic and mesoscale meteorology; numerical weather prediction. kblackwell@southalabama.edu.

Bullard, Ash, Ph.D. (Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, University of Southern MIssissippi, 2007). Associate Professor of Fisheries, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University Taxonomy, systematics, and ecology of parasites of aquatic animals, aquatic animal health, ichthyology, invertebrate biology. ash.bullard@auburn.edu.

Carmichael, Ruth, Ph.D. (Boston University, 2004). Senior Marine Scientist II DISL, Associate Professor, Department. of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. Marine ecosystem and organismal responses; understanding biological and physiological responses to environmental change such as nutrient enrichment, climate change and other perturbations. Application of methods in stable isotope and population ecology. rcarmichael@disl.org.

DeBose, Jennifer, Ph.D. (University of California - Davis, 2008). Animal behaviour and marine chemical ecology; ecology of fish aggregations; coral reef ecology; and water quality monitoring. jdebose@disl.org.

Deming, Alissa, DVM, Ph.D. (University of Florida, 2012). Veterinarian and Postdoctoral Researcher, DISL, Marine Mammal Research Center and Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Marine mammal health, infectious disease and anthropogenic impacts on ecosystem health; wild dolphin and manatee health assessments, stranding response and necropsy; emerging diseases, oncology and virology. ademing@disl.org.

Dorgan, Kelly M., Ph.D. (University of Maine, 2007). Senior Marine Scientist I DISL, Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. Sediment ecology, focused primarily on organism-environment interactions; biomechanics and energetics of burrowing; biological-physical interactions; functional morphology of invertebrates. kdorgan@disl.org.

Drymon, J. Marcus, Ph.D. (University of South Alabama, 2010). Assistant Extension Professor, Mississippi State University. Coastal Research and Extension Center Research interests include marine fisheries ecology, specifically trophic interactions/foodweb dynamics of upper trophic-level predators and ecosystem based fishery management. marcus.drymon@msstate.edu.

Elliott, Emily A. (Timmons), Ph.D. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017). Postdoctoral Researcher/Adjunct Faculty, University of Alabama. Coastal geology and geomorphology, paleo- and geochronology, sedimentology and paleotempestology, focusing on understanding the climatic drivers of coastal change. emily.elliott@ua.edu.

Gier, Paul J., Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma, 1997). Professor of Biology, Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama. Zoology, ecology, and evolution. Conservation biology of insects, sexual selection and the evolution of vertebrate mating systems. pgier@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

*Heck, Kenneth, Jr., Ph.D. (Florida State University,1976). Senior Marine Scientist III DISL, Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. kheck@disl.org.

Keyser, Kent, Ph.D. (SUNY Stony Brook, 1980). Professor, Dept. of Vision Sciences, Assistant Vice President for Research, University of Alabama Birmingham. Communication between neurons: neurotransmitters, neurotransmitter receptors in the retina and brain. ktkeyser@uab.edu.

Krause, Jeffrey, Ph.D. (Oregon State University, 2008). Senior Marine Scientist I DISL, Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama.. Marine diatom and cyanobacteria ecology and understanding the coupling between the marine biogeochemical cycle of silicon with those for carbon and nitrogen. jkrause@disl.org.

Lehman, Roy L., Ph.D. (Texas A&M University, College Station, 1993). Professor of Botany, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Retired but active. Marine and coastal terrestrial plants of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, specifically coastal halophytes and seaweeds. The taxonomy and ecological monitoring of coastal plant habitats especially studies of distribution, abundance and interactions. roy.lehman@tamucc.edu

Lewis, Jennifer, Ph.D. (Florida International University, 2010). Director, Tropical Dolphin Research Foundation. Animal movement and the benefits of group formation; foraging ecology; behavioral ecology of tropical dolphin species; marine ecological conservation with focus on non-lethal effects of vessel traffic on marine species. jlewi006@fiu.edu.

Lockridge, Grant R., M.S. (Coastal Carolina University, 2010). Diving Safety Officer/Lead Engineering Technician, DISL. Scientific and commercial diving, system integration, mooring design, instrumentation and sensor development, ocean engineering. glockridge@disl.org.

Miller, Molly M., Ph.D. (University of South Alabama, 2018). Research Coordinator, CiguaPIRE, Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Ecophysiology of estuarine and marine primary producers; understanding physiological responses of organisms to environmental change; molecular and biochemical mechanisms driving species interactions; role of toxins and toxin production in aquatic microalgae. mmmiller@disl.org.

Moss, Anthony G., Ph.D. (Boston University, 1986). Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Marine Biology Program Coordinator, Auburn University. Ctenophores and jellyfish, salps, marine microbial biology, cilia & flagella. mossant@auburn.edu.

Robertson, Alison, Ph.D. (James Cook University, 2005). Senior Marine Scientist I DISL, Assist. Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. Marine chemical ecology, ecotoxicology, and ecological biochemistry. Focus on the ecological role, mechanisms, and biomarkers of exposure, food web dynamics, fate of natural toxins (e.g., harmful algae) in tropical reef ecosystems, and implications for coastal communities. arobertson@disl.org.

*Smee, Lee, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech, 2006). Chair DISL University Programs, Senior Marine Scientist II DISL, Associate Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. Current research topics include oyster reef ecology, mangrove encroachment, pesticide effects on blue crabs, and biogeography of seagrass communities in the Gulf of Mexico. lsmee@disl.org.

Sprinkle, Amy, Ph.D. (University of Delaware, 2009). Marine Science Instructor, University of South Alabama. Oceanography, chemical & biological oceanography, marine biology, biological sciences, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, and trophic dynamics. sprinkle@southalabama.edu

Stanton, Lee, Ph.D. (Louisiana State University, 2005). Associate Professor, University of West Alabama, Director of Black Belt Conservation and Research Institute. lstanton@uwa.edu.

Stoeckel, Jim, Ph.D. (Miami University, 2007). Associate Professor, Auburn University, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences. Crustacean and molluscan ecology and aquaculture; physiological ecology; ecotoxicology; special focus on burrowing crayfish and mussels. jimstoeckel@auburn.edu.

Strang, Christianne, Ph.D. (University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2004). Research Instructor, Department of Vision Sciences, University of Alabama Birmingham. Function of acetylcholine receptors in visual processing. cstrang@uab.edu.

*Valentine, John, Ph.D. (University of Alabama, 1989). Executive Director and Senior Marine Scientist III DISL, Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama. jvalentine@disl.org.

Walton, William, Ph.D. (Univ. of Maryland, 2003). Associate Professor, Auburn University, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Marine Extension Specialist, Alabama. Cooperative Extension System. Marine invertebrate fisheries, restoration and aquaculture. billwalton@auburn.edu.

Wibbels, Thane, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University, 1988). Associate Professor of Biology, University of Alabama Birmingham. The biology of temperature-dependent sex determination in reptiles, including emphasis on its implications for the ecology, evolution and conservation of sea turtles. twibbels@uab.edu.

Woodrey, Mark, Ph.D. (University of Southern Mississippi, 1995). Avian Ecologist/Coastal Ecologist at Mississippi State University, Research Coordinator at Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Marsh bird ecology and conservation; monitoring programs for biological resources; tidal marsh ecology; ecological effects of sea level rise on coastal ecosystems. msw103@msstate.edu.

*These faculty are not instructing undergraduate courses this year.

All students must register for summer classes and housing directly with the DISL beginning in January each year.

Students must also register at their home university/DISL member school when registration opens. Students from DISL Member Schools register and receive credit for DISL courses directly through their home campus.  Students at DISL member schools should contact the DISL Liaison Officer at their school.

Students not attending one of the 23 DISL member schools may register as a transient student at a DISL member school. Those students should contact DISL University Programs Registrar Regina Kollegger via phone at (251) 861-2141 or via email at rkollegger@disl.org.

To learn more about the DISL Summer Program, watch the videos below, and follow the links to the left.