EIN 63-0779657

Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL)

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The Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s mission encompasses the pursuit of excellence in marine science education, marine research, coastal zone management policy and public engagement through the Estuarium, DISL’s public aquarium.
Also known as...
Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium
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Program areas at DISL

University Programs-support both graduate and undergraduate degrees of the 22 member institutions. Students utilize resources at MESC as an integral part of their education (300 students per year)
Research-faculty conduct research in disciplines ranging from biochemistry to paleobiology. Mobile Bay is the overwhelmingly dominant natural feature of the Alabama coast and MESC has concentrated its efforts on the Bay - although research is carried out as far as Antarctica (100 projects)
Discovery Hall Program-Intended to increase understanding and appreciation for science and the marine environment by directly involving participants in the environment with dynamic, hands on activities, k-12 students, teacher training and enhancement programs (10,000 students per year).
Education, General/Other, The Estuarium Public Aquarium-Exciting visual displays and engaging interactive exhibits present an unforgettable educational experience. Focuses on the four main ecosystems of Mobile Bay, includes and exhibit hall, weather station and living marsh boardwalk. (70,000 visitors per year)
Natural Resources Conservation & Protection. Mobile Bay National Estuary Program - to provide and maintain stewardship of the water quality characteristics and wise stewardship of the living resources of the Mobile Bay Estuary System (565,000 people)

Who funds Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)Conservation Projects$2,001,626
Alabama Power FoundationGeneral/operating$57,500
The Nature ConservancyConservation Activities$45,565
...and 8 more grants received

Personnel at DISL

Carl StocktonChancellor Auburn University at Montgomery$0
Jack HawkinsChancellor Troy University$0
John F. ValentineExecutive Director , Dauphin Island Sea Lab Senior Marine Scientist Iii , Dauphin Island Sea Lab Professor , Unviersity of South Al$235,338
David EnglandDirector of Finance and Administration / Associate Director , Administration Services$150,409
Robert DixonAquarium Manager
...and 1 more key personnel

Financials for DISL

RevenuesFYE 09/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$22,911,139
Program services$2,208,173
Investment income and dividends$5,112
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$-278,599
Miscellaneous revenues$162,081
Total revenues$25,007,906

Form 990s for DISL

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-092023-08-10990View PDF
2021-092022-08-12990View PDF
2020-092021-08-13990View PDF
2019-092020-12-01990View PDF
2018-092019-10-07990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s

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Data update history
May 7, 2023
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $6,000 from National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF)
July 4, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
July 1, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 23 new personnel
March 30, 2022
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $2,769,479 from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
September 24, 2021
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $2,500 from CD Helen and Jeff Glaze Foundation
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General information
101 Bienville Blvd
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Metro area
Mobile, AL
Mobile County, AL
Website URL
(251) 861-2141
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
U12: Science and Technology Fund Raising and Fund Distribution
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
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