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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Click here to make an online donation now or click the donate tab for more options to donate. 


When you shop on Amazon Smile did you know that Amazon will  donate .05% of your purchase to DISL Foundation.  It does not cost you anything except taking the extra step to log into Amazon Smile.  Thank you for taking the time to support the Sea Lab.


CWC Virtual Auction raised $25,476.00!!!!

The inaugural Cocktails with the Critters Virtual Auction has come to a close. Thank you so much for supporting the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation. Thank you to our supporters who donated wonderful prizes! Thanks to all of you we have surpassed our goal of $25,000. This money will be used to support scholarships and campus needs at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab!! 


Again, thank you for participating. Mark your calendar for May 6, 2021 for Cocktails with the Critters!

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

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Suffers Major Damage due to Hurricane Sally


The Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s facilities were significantly impacted by Hurricane Sally.  Most impacted were the main research building, graduate student housing, and the area around the aquarium.  Parts of campus, including two of the four education buildings on the south side of campus show less damage than these other areas.  However, before field trips, camps, and public programs can resume, all areas of campus and resources need to be checked and verified as safe and habitable.  This process, as well as repairs, has already begun.  

We appreciate so many of you contacting us with your concern and support and ask that you bear with us as we determine a time table for hosting groups on campus again.  We will let you know as soon as we have more information and a time for reopening.




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

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.

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.