David Coil

David Coil

Project Scientist

David Coil is a Project Scientist at the University of California Davis. His work focuses on microbial ecology, microbial culturing, bacterial genomics, and undergraduate education. David has a particular passion for teaching and public outreach. Previous projects include sending bacteria to the International Space Station and designing Gut Check: The Microbiome Game. In addition to the Isthmus Microbiome Project, David is currently working on bacteria from feline anal sacs, hummingbirds, seagrasses, chickens, frogs, and koala feces.


  • Microbiology
  • Bacteriology
  • Next-generation sequencing
  • Bacterial genomics
  • Genome assembly
  • Ph.D.

    University of Washington

  • Bachelor of Science

    Carleton College