=co-lead author, ^grad. student, Δpostdoc, international collaborator, advised student

20. Martin, B.T., M.A. GilΔ, A. Fahimipour, and A.M. Hein. Informational constraints on predator-prey interactions. In press. Oikos.

19. Olivetti, S.Δ, M.A. GilΔ , V.K. Sridharan, and A.M. Hein. 2021. Merging computational fluid dynamics and machine learning to reveal fish migration strategies. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 00: 1-15. PDF

18. Gil, M.A.Δ, M.L. Baskett, S. Munch, and A.M. Hein. 2020. Fast behavioral feedbacks make ecosystems sensitive to pace and not just magnitude of anthropogenic environmental change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 117 (41) 25580-25589. [WIRED Magazine, WIRED Japan, TED, Mother Jones, CU Boulder Today] *Winner of National Academy of Sciences’ Cozzarelli Prize* PDF

17. Jiao, J.^, L. Riotte-LambertΔ, S. Pilyugin, M.A. GilΔ and C.W. Osenberg. 2020. Mobility and its sensitivity to fitness differences determine consumer-resource distributions. Royal Society Open Science. 7: 200247. PDF

16. Pfaller, J.B., K. Goforth^, M.A. GilΔ, M. SavocaΔ and K. Lohmann. 2020. Odors from marine plastic debris elicit foraging behavior in sea turtles. Current Biology. 30(5) R213-R214. [BBC News, ABC News, CNN, CNBC, The Economist, Smithsonian Magazine, Discover Magazine, Newsweek, TVNZ, ScienceNews, The Canberra Times, KHON2, Savannah Morning News, The European Scientist, CNET, Popular Science, EcoWatch, U.S. News & World Report] PDF

15. Gil, M.A.Δ, M.L. Baskett, and S.J. Schreiber. 2019. 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

14. 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

13. 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

12. 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

11. Gil, M.A.= Δ and A.M. Hein. 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 [Yale e360,, International Business Times, Public Now, Axios, ScienceDaily,, Science Newsline, ScienMag, NOAA, The Davis Enterprise, UC Davis News] PDF

10. 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

9. 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

8. 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

7. 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

6. 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,, mental_floss, Natural Science News, UC Davis News] PDF

5. 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

4. 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,, Tampa Bay Newswire, University of Florida News] PDF

3. 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

2. 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

1. 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.:

Lopez, LΔ=, M.A. GilΔ= et al. Integrating animal behavior into multiple stressors research: a conceptual framework. (In review at Ecology Letters).

Pollack, L, A. Munson, M. Savoca, P. Trimmer, S. Ehlman, M.A. Gil, and A. Sih. Predicting variation in evolutionary mismatch after environmental change. (In review at Trends in Ecology and Evolution).

Gil, M.A.Δ, B. Martin, A. Fahimipour, and A. Hein. Self-regulation in prey collectives prevents hyperreactivity. (In prep).

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

Thesis and Technical Reports:

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

5. 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.

4. 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.

3. 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.

2. 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.

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

Popular articles:

Gil, M.A. 2020. “Inside the surprising social networks of fish (yes, fish)”. TED Ideas Blog.

Gil, M.A. 2018. “How animal ‘social networks’ shape ecosystems”. TED Fellows Blog.

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.

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