9-8-22–John Valentine / Executive Director, Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Dr. John Valentine, Executive Director

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Biographical Information



Dr. John Valentine is the Executive Director of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL). Before that, he served as Chair of the Sea Lab’s University Programs. Since arriving at DISL, he has written or co-authored over 90 grant proposals for research. Support for his research has come from both federal and state agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) and The Nature Conservancy. Some 75 students, technicians and post-doctoral students were supported by these efforts. He has been lead or second author on over 70 scientific articles. In addition, Dr. Valentine serves as an academic editor for the scientific journals Marine Ecology Progress Series and PLoSOne. He has also served as a panelist for U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, and NOAA’s National Undersea Research Program. He currently serves on the Executive Boards of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, the MBNEP, and Alabama’s Forever Wild Program. Dr. Valentine is also a graduate of Leadership Alabama.