Mike Gil

'Science' is a word that made me cringe when I was a kid, growing up working class, in an underprivileged school system. But then, when I was 19 years old, a scientist showed me REAL science, “in action”. I discovered that science is a process of discovery beyond my wildest dreams.

In the twelve years since, I have earned a Ph.D. and become a marine biologist, leading adventures around the world, from shark-infested waters in French Polynesia to plastic-filled waves in the middle of the Pacific. Through science, I've discovered amazing new things about coral reefs and other marine ecosystems that support the well being of entire regions of people. But science has also changed me. I remain in constant awe that I get to do what I do for a living -- this is why I'm determined to share it with others.

I started sciall.org, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to share the thrilling, “secret”, yet very REAL side of science with as broad an audience as possible, through the magic of free, web-based video. With my videos, I aim to show people that science is accessible and thrilling to ALL of us, it can be conducted by ALL of us, and it is truly in the service of ALL of us. If we spread this message to as broad and diverse an audience as possible, we will not only change the way people think about science, but we will help inspire a new generation of scientists, of all backgrounds.

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  • Science
  • MS, HS
Looking to dedicate yourself to adventure and uncovering mysteries of the ocean? Marine biology might be for you - here's the first step, no matter...
Sharks, whales, dolphins, corals -- it's all part of the game. But there's more to marine biology than adventures with wildlife in the field. It...
Looking to dedicate yourself to adventure and uncovering mysteries of the ocean? Marine biology might be for you – here’s the first step, no matter...
Mike Gil
Updated: 
2017
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  • Science
  • MS, HS
What it looks like to be kidnapped by an octopus…then rescued by a scientist. #8 Top Lesson of 2017
  • Science
  • MS, HS
This was one of the coolest and most unexpected wildlife encounters I've had while doing field research. This impressive beast is known as...