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May 24, 2017

SEA grad Mike Gil selected as a TED Fellow

Doug Karlson,

SEA Semester

Mike Gil aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans during Plastics at SEA North Pacific Expedition, 2012. Photo by Marina Garland

Congratulations to SEA alum and marine biologist Dr. Mike Gil for being selected as a TED Fellow. He’ll join a class of 21 change-makers from around the world to deliver a talk this August from the TEDGlobal stage in Arusha, Tanzania.

A National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California, Davis, Mike studies human impact on marine ecosystems, and how social interactions among fish that eat harmful algae can counteract coral reef degradation.

Mike is also the founder of, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation of science. He creates videos and gives talks which he says are designed to “reveal the lesser-known side of science: an adventure, accessible to all….”

In the fall of 2007, Mike was a student in SEA Semester’s first Oceans and Climate semester, and sailed from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Papeete, Tahiti.

Of his SEA Semester experience, he writes: “This was no ordinary sailing expedition; this was a science-intensive research cruise … to explore the role of the ocean in the global carbon cycle. I thought I wanted to be a scientist before joining the crew, but it was the camaraderie of my shipmates, whose passion for science, sailing and the sea was infectious, that made me know I wanted to be a scientist.” 

Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows program now has 436 Fellows from 94 countries, whose talks have collectively been viewed more than 155 million times. In its eight-year history, the TED Fellows program has created a powerful, far-reaching network – made up of scientists, doctors, activists, artists, photographers, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists and beyond.

“The TED Fellows Program seeks out young innovators who demonstrate both exceptional achievement and remarkable strength of character. We choose Fellows not only based on their accomplishments so far, but also on their grit, their collaborative spirit, and their potential to break barriers as they build their careers,” explained Tom Rielly, Director of the TED Fellows program.

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