Ecological body names CU Boulder’s Mike Gil an early career fellow

by University of Colorado Boulder
May 01, 2024

Mike Gil, a marine biologist and University of Colorado Boulder assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is one of 10 scientists elected as an early career fellow by the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the organization announced Tuesday.

Gil, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, is an empirical and theoretical ecologist who works at the intersection of community ecology, behavioral ecology and conservation.

“My career interests and aspirations have been shaped by the ecologists that make up the Ecological Society of America, past and present. For my work to be formally recognized by my esteemed colleagues is a great honor,” Gil said of the honor.

Gil’s research focuses on the relationships between the decision-making of individual organisms and the structure and function of ecosystems, particularly in the face of environmental change. Much of his work uses coral reef fish as model systems to assess ecosystem-scale consequences of animal behavior. In 2022, Gil and researchers from three partnering universities received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to better understand how complex species interactions affect natural ecosystems.

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