I have served as a research mentor for 32 undergraduate students, including 22 female students, 3 Hispanic students, and two students (Julie Zill & Corinne Fuchs) that were awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (allowing them to virtually write their ticket to graduate school!). I am excited to continue mentoring and training a diversity of undergraduate students.

On a rolling basis, I seek new, self-motivated volunteers. If you are a student at the University of California, Davis, and you’re interested in getting involved with my research and/or outreach efforts, please read through my websites ( and before emailing me (mikegil [at] In your email, please tell me about yourself, including: why you are interested in my work and ecology in general, what career you are seeking (if you think you know ;)), and what, if any, previous research or outreach/communication experience you have (please include references, where possible).