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Peer reviewed, published or in press (lead/co-lead on 12):

Gil, M.A.Δ, M.L. Baskett, and S.J. Schreiber. Social information drives ecological outcomes among competing species. Ecology 100(11) e02835. [UC Davis News, Futurity,, ScienceDaily, Business Standard, santech360, The Hindu, Millenium Post,] PDF

Hein, A.M., M.A. GilΔ, C.R. TwomeyΔ, I.D. Couzin, and S.A. Levin. 2018. Conserved behavioral circuits govern high-speed decision making in wild fish shoals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 115(48): 12224-12228. [ScienceDaily, Medium, ENN,, Long Room] PDF

Gil, M.A.Δ, A.M. Hein, O. SpiegelΔ, M.L. Baskett, and A. Sih. 2018. Social information can link individual behavior to population and community dynamics. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 33(7):535-548. [TED Fellows Blog] PDF

Gil, M.A.Δ 2017. YouTube videos of ‘research in action’ foster diverse public interest in science. Ideas in Ecology & Evolution. 10(1), ISSN 1918-3178. PDF

Gil, M.A.= Δ and A.M. Hein=Δ. 2017. Social interactions among grazing reef fish drive material flux in a coral reef ecosystem. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114(18):4703-4708. *Featured as issue cover [Press:, International Business Times, Public Now, Axios, ScienceDaily, Phys Org, Science Newsline, ScienMag, NOAA, The Davis Enterprise, UC Davis News] PDF

Zill, J., M.A. Gil^ and C.W. Osenberg. 2017. When environmental factors become stressors: interactive effects of vermetid gastropods and sedimentation on corals. Biology Letters, 13, 3. PDF

Gil, M.A.^, J. Zill, and J.M. Ponciano. 2017. Context-dependent landscape of fear: algal density elicits risky herbivory in a coral reef. Ecology 98:534–544. [ScienceDaily, Science Newsline, R&D Magazine, Environment Guru, X-Ray Mag, STEAM Register, Davis Enterprise, UC Davis News] PDF

Gil, M.A.^, Emberts, Z. ^, Jones, H.^, and St. Mary, C. 2017. Social information on fear and food drives animal grouping and fitness. The American Naturalist 189:227–241. [AmNat News, The California Aggie] PDF

Gil, M.A.^, S. Goldenberg^, A. Ly Thai Bach^, S.C. Mills, and J. Claudet. 2016. Interactive effects of three pervasive marine stressors in a post-disturbance coral reef. Coral Reefs 35:1281-1293. [UC Davis] PDF

Pfaller, J.B.^ and M.A. Gil^. 2016. Sea turtle symbiosis facilitates social monogamy in oceanic crabs. Biology Letters. 12, 9. [Popular Science, New Scientist, Phys Org, mental_floss, Natural Science News, UC Davis News] PDF

Gil, M.A.^ and J.B. Pfaller^. 2016. Oceanic barnacles act as foundation species on plastic debris: implications for marine dispersal. Scientific Reports 6:19987. [Science Friday, Discover Magazine, ScienceDaily, Europa Press, Science et Vie Junior, Santa Cruz Sentinel] PDF

Gil, M.A.^, J. Jiao^, and C.W. Osenberg. 2016. Enrichment scale determines herbivore control of primary producers. Oecologia: 180:833-840. [Huffington Post, Science World Report, Futurity, Phys Org, Tampa Bay Newswire, University of Florida News] PDF

Gil, M.A.^, B. Renfro, B. Figueroa-Zavala, I. Penié, and K. Dunton. 2015. Rapid tourism growth and declining coral reefs in Akumal, Mexico. Marine Biology 162:2225-2233. PDF

Gil, M.A.^ 2013. Unity through nonlinearity: A unimodal coral-nutrient interaction. Ecology 94:1871-1877. *Honorable Mention,“Best Student Paper”, UF Department of Biology, Spring 2014 PDF

Stier, A. C.=^, M. A. Gil=^, C. S. McKeon=^, S. Lemer^, M. Leray^, S. C. Mills, and C. W. Osenberg. 2012. Housekeeping mutualisms: Do more symbionts facilitate host performance? PLoS ONE 7:e32079. PDF


Peer reviewed, in review or in prep.:

Pfaller, J.B., K. Goforth^, M.A. GilΔ, M. SavocaΔ and K. Lohmann. Odors from marine plastic debris elicit foraging behavior in sea turtles. (In review: Current Biology).

Gil, M.A.Δ, M.L. Baskett, S. Munch, and A.M. Hein. Fast behavioral feedbacks drive ecosystem collapse and recovery. (In prep, to submit to PNAS).

Jiao, J.^, S. Pilyugin, M.A. GilΔ and C.W. Osenberg. Mobility and its sensitivity to fitness differences determine consumer-resource distributions (In revision: The American Naturalist).

Rehage, J.S., O. SpiegelΔ, A.E. SteelΔ, M.A. GilΔ, L. Pollack and A. Sih. Why should movement matter? Integrating technological advances and ecological theory. (Accepted for review: Ecology Letters).

Gil, M.A.Δ and H. Hillard. Species and stage specific effects of mixed-species social foraging in coral reef fishes. (In prep, to submit to Ecology).

Thesis and Technical Reports:

Gil, M.A. 2015. Context dependence in effects of nutrient enrichment on tropical coral reefs. Ph.D. Dissertation. Department of Biology, University of Florida.

Mutchler, T., M.A. Gil, and K.H. Dunton. 2009. Investigating the response of seagrass meadows to environmental stressors: Quantifying the effect of grazing and nutrient enrichment on seagrass growth & tissue nutrient content. Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Puerto Rico.

Montagna, P.A., T. Palmer, M.A. Gil, E. Hill, B. Nicolau, and K.H. Dunton. 2009. Response of the Nueces estuarine marsh system to freshwater inflow: An integrative data synthesis of baseline conditions for faunal communities. Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, Inc.

Gil, M.A., K. H. Dunton, S. V. Schonberg, K. Jackson, and P. A. Montagna. 2008. Establishment of Wet and Dry Periods in the Nueces Delta for Examination of Temporal and Spatial Patterns in Emergent Vegetation and Benthic Macrofauna. Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, Inc.

Gil, M.A. 2008. Spatial variation in test size of the pteropods Limacina inflata and Limacina trochiformis in relation to pH across the eastern equatorial Pacific. In: Student Research Reports: S-214, Sea Education Association, P.O. Box 6, Woods Hole, MA 02543.

Gil, M.A., K. Jackson, and S. Moorhead. 2007. Little Bay Project Summary. City of Rockport, TX.


Popular articles:

Gil, M.A. 2017. Sail away from plastic seas – with science. Ocean Watch Magazine. November issue. Published by Sailors for the Sea.

Gil. M.A. 2016. Sailing, science, and saving the world. Reach: US Sailing’s STEM Education Initiative.

Gil, M.A. and T. Bottenus. 2012. A hitchhiker’s guide to the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Shipboard Journal article for the Plastics at SEA 2012 Expedition.

Gil, M.A. 2012. Science needs you! (really): The importance of critical thinking in the Communication Age. Shipboard Journal article for the Plastics at SEA 2012 Expedition.