bio

Dr. Mike Gil, Ph.D., is a National Science Foundation Research Fellow, a TED Fellow, and a National Geographic Explorer. He has led research around the world: from coral reefs in the Caribbean, French Polynesia and Southeast Asia, to ‘microislands’ of plastic garbage, teeming with life, in the middle of the Pacific. Various national and international media outlets have covered Mike’s scientific discoveries. His diverse research efforts are unified by a common goal: better understand how natural communities of organisms function and provide essential services to humankind in a changing world. In addition to his scientific research, Mike is an award-winning science communicator with broad interests in connecting diverse swaths of the public with the process of scientific discovery and all that it offers to individuals and to humankind. To this end, Mike founded and runs SciAll.org, which uses unconventional videos to diversify interest in science. By bringing mass online audiences along for the adventures of his career, including run ins with sharks, whales and other underwater wonders, as well as foul weather and seas, Mike aims to deliver the timely message that science is an exhilarating process of discovery that is truly accessible to all and in the service of all.