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Discovery Hall Program students getting their paddle on. “When I went into University Programs, I was dead set on getting a job right out of college,” graduate student Merritt Mc- Call shared. “But once I took my first summer of classes down here, that com- pletely switched and I was hooked on re- search.” McCall is enrolled at the University of South Alabama with her studies focused in the Fisheries Ecology Lab led by Dr. Sean Powers. The public aquarium at the Dauphin Is- land Sea Lab takes visitors on a journey through the habitats of coastal Alabama from the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta to the mouth of Mobile Bay. Visual and in- teractive exhibits showcase the plants, animals, and other natural resources found in the Estuary and its surrounding marine habitats. “We highlighted the habitats of Mobile Bay, the Gulf, and Mississippi Sound, so the public would have an understanding of the life that lives here and the value of that life to everyone around us,” said Dr. John Dindo, director of the Estuarium. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s research scope is worldwide. Its alumni are re- nowned scientists, teachers, and conser- vationists - creating a legacy of conscien- tious stewardship for future generations. Written by Angela Levins University Program students celebrate a day at the beach. Learn more about the Dauphin Island Sea Lab at disl.org 12 ALABAMA COASTING’S DAUPHIN ISLAND LIFE 2019