John  Dindo -
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Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Fax: (251) 861-7421

John Dindo

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

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- Gulf of Mexico

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Dr. John Dindo is the Chairman of the Discovery Hall Programs at the Dauphin island Sea Lab (DISL). He received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. His dissertation examined the success of a colonial nesting colony of herons and egrets over a five year time frame. In his Masters degree he looked at the hormonal links to reproductive growth and migration. He currenly has three full-time graduate students, two working on a Brown Pelican nesting site and one working on coastal sharks. In 1978, while working on his Masters degree Dr. Dindo helped create the Discovery Hall Programs (DHP) a K-12 and public education and outreach program of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The DHP program features hands-on learning focusing on ocean literacy and coastal marine science with and average of 11,000 students participating each year. The Discovery Hall Program has six full time marine educators, two part time educators, and one full time scientist/educator. Dr. Dindo worked with Coastal America and the local congressman to have the Dauphin Island Sea Lab designated as Alabama’s Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s public aquarium the Estuarium was the result of fund raising effort conducted by Dr. Dindo and Dr. Crozier in 1997 and 1998. This past year the Estuarim had 68,000 visitors. In 2006, Dr. Dindo was named an Outdoor Ambassador for the Gulf Coast Region by Governor Bob Riley, and was also profiled on the front page of the Mobile Press Register’s Living Section. He is also the receipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Alabama’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

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