Dr Manuela Truebano

Dr Manuela Truebano

Lecturer in Marine Molecular Biology

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



I am a lecturer in Marine Biology and member of the Ecophysiology and Development Research group, in the Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre. I graduated in BSc Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool, before completing a Masters degree in Shellfish Biology at Bangor University, and a PhD in Molecular Ecophysiology (thermal stress) at the British Antarctic Survey and Swansea University.

I lead the BSc Marine Biology degree and teach across undergraduate and postgraduate Marine Biology programmes. 


  • 2014. PG Cert Academic Practice, University of Plymouth.
  • 2010. PhD. Swansea University & British Antarctic Survey.
  • 2005. MSc Shellfish Biology, Fisheries and Culture. Bangor University.
  • 2003. BSc Hons. Marine Biology. University of Liverpool

Professional membership

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2015)
  • Member of:
    • Genetics Society
    • Physiological Society
    • Society of Experimental Biology

Roles on external bodies

  • Senior editor: Cell Stress and Chaperones



Teaching interests

  • Marine Molecular Biology (module leader)
  • Ecophysiology of Marine Animals  
  • Conservation Physiology
  • Marine Biology field courses
  • Truebano M. & C. Munn. 2015. An Evaluation of the Use of Video Tutorials as Supporting Tools for Teaching Laboratory Skills in Biology. Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 10(2):121-135.

2015. SoMSE. Technology enhanced learning: Video tutorials as part of a blended approach to teaching practical skills. PI.



Research interests

I am a marine biologist with a broad interest in ecophysiology and evolution. My research integrates whole organismal physiology and -omic approaches to investigate the mechanisms underpinning physiological responses to changes in environmental drivers, mainly temperature and oxygen, across different stages of the life cycle. Much of my research is therefore framed under the context of global climate change and addresses whether aquatic animals have the capacity to cope with and adapt to the current rapid changes in their environment.


PhD supervision:

  • Caitlin McAndry (DoS) "Adapting to climate change: transgenerational acclimation as a mechanism of rapid evolution"
  • Ahmed Abbas (DoS) "The challenge of securing future food production for aquaculture species: maternal, developmental and adaptational responses to multistressors"
  • Chris Dwane (2nd supervisor) “Assessing the vulnerability of aquatic invertebrates to climate change”
  •  Ziad Ibbini (2nd supervisor) "Assessing Sensitivity to Fluctuating Temperatures in Marine Animals"
  • Eleanor Gilbert (2nd supervisor)
  • Ali Noth (4th supervisor)  "Mitigating the impacts of climate change, emerging disease and invasive species on native amphibian populations in the UK"

Previous PhD students:

Michael Collins, PhD (2019). "Effect on temperature on hypoxia thresholds in aquatic invertebrates"

Other research

Examples of undergraduate and masters project supervision:

  • Transgenerational acclimation to elevated temperatures
  • Transgenerational effects of hypoxia in marine invertebrates
  • The development of the heat shock response in aquatic invertebrates
  • Thermal tolerance of marine gastropods at different developmental stages
  • Effect of acclimation on thermal tolerance
  • Effects of hypoxia on crustacean physiology
  • Effects of multiple stressors on the reproduction of Gammarus chevreuxi
  • Molecular mechanisms of long term memory formation in Lymnaea
  • Factors contributing to the maintenance of hybrid zones
  • Understanding mechanisms of infection using gene knock-downs
  • The relative important of paternal and maternal environment for successful development.



Grants & contracts

2014. NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility. The effect of in situ acclimatization to chronic hypoxia on the metabolome of the commercially important shrimp Pandalus borealis. PI

2014. KVA (Royal Swedish Academy of Science). “Combining In-Situ Transplant and Laboratory Experiments to Detect Signs of Physiological Adaptation and Acclimatisation to Chronic Hypoxia”. Co-I.

2013. Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories Transnational Access Fund. The Effect of in situ Acclimatization to Hypoxia on the Physiological and Molecular Plasticity of the Commercially Important Shrimp Pandalus borealis. PI

2013. Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories - Access Fund ‘In-situ comparative physiology of marine invertebrates vulnerable and tolerant to high-CO2 conditions II’. Co-I.                 

2012. Pilot Project Grant. NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility. “Transcriptome analysis of developmental stages in the amphipod Gammarus chevreuxi”. Co-I


Key publications

Key publications are highlighted



Dwane C, Rundle SD, Tills O, Rezende EL, Galindo J, Rolán-Alvarez E & Truebano M (2021) 'Divergence in Thermal Physiology Could Contribute to Vertical Segregation in Intertidal Ecotypes of Littorina saxatilis' Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 94, (6) 353-365 , DOI Open access
Collins M, Truebano M, Verberk WCEP & Spicer JI (2021) 'Do aquatic ectotherms perform better under hypoxia after warm acclimation?' The Journal of Experimental Biology 224, (3) jeb232512-jeb232512 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Collins M, Clark MS, Spicer JI & Truebano M (2020) 'Transcriptional frontloading contributes to cross‐tolerance between stressors' Evolutionary Applications , DOI Open access
Lane SM, Briffa M, Wilson AJ, Truebano M & Foster NL (2020) 'Evidence of fostering in an internally brooding sea anemone' Ethology 126, (12) 1141-1147 , DOI Open access
Truebano M, Robertson SD, Houston SJS & Spicer JI (2020) 'Ontogeny of osmoregulation in the brackishwater amphipod Gammarus chevreuxi' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 524, 151312-151312 , DOI Open access
Tolman D, Wood HL, Skibinski DOF & Truebano M (2019) 'Differential immunity as a factor influencing mussel hybrid zone structure' Marine Biology 166, (12) , DOI Open access
Collins M, Tills O, Turner LM, Clark MS, Spicer JI & Truebano M (2019) 'Moderate reductions in dissolved oxygen may compromise performance in an ecologically-important estuarine invertebrate' Science of the Total Environment 693, 133444-133444 , DOI Open access
Tills O, Truebano M, Feldmeyer B, Pfenninger M, Morgenroth H, Schell T & Rundle SD (2018) 'Transcriptomic responses to predator kairomones in embryos of the aquatic snail Radix balthica' Ecology and Evolution 8, (22) 11071-11082 Author Site , DOI Open access
Truebano M, Fenner P, Tills O, Rundle SD & Rezende EL (2018) 'Thermal strategies vary with life history stage' Journal of Experimental Biology 221, (Pt 8) Author Site , DOI Open access
Truebano M, Tills O, Collins M, Clarke C, Shipsides E, Wheatley C & Spicer JI (2018) 'Short-term acclimation in adults does not predict offspring acclimation potential to hypoxia' Scientific Reports 8, (1) 0-0 , DOI Open access
Schell T, Feldmeyer B, Schmidt H, Greshake B, Tills O, Truebano M, Rundle SD, Paule J, Ebersberger I & Pfenninger M (2017) 'An Annotated Draft Genome for Radix auricularia (Gastropoda, Mollusca)' Genome Biology and Evolution 9, (3) 585-592 , DOI Open access
Collins M, Tills O, Spicer JI & Truebano M (2017) 'De novo transcriptome assembly of the amphipod Gammarus chevreuxi exposed to chronic hypoxia' Marine Genomics 33, 17-19 , DOI Open access
Truebano M, Tills O & Spicer JI (2016) 'Embryonic transcriptome of the brackishwater amphipod Gammarus chevreuxi' Marine Genomics 28, 5-6 , DOI
Tills O, Truebano M & Rundle S (2015) 'An embryonic transcriptome of the pulmonate snail Radix balthica' Marine Genomics 24, 259-260 , DOI
Obermüller BE, Truebano M, Peck LS, Eastman JT & Morley SA (2013) 'Reduced seasonality in elemental CHN composition of Antarctic marine benthic predators and scavengers' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 446, 328-333 , DOI
Truebano M, Diz AP, Thorne MAS, Clark MS & Skibinski DOF (2013) 'Proteome response to heat stress in the Antarctic clam Laternula elliptica' Journal of Integrated OMICS 3, (1) , DOI
Calosi P, Turner LM, Hawkins M, Bertolini C, Nightingale G, Truebano M & Spicer JI (2013) 'Multiple Physiological Responses to Multiple Environmental Challenges: An Individual Approach' Integrative and Comparative Biology 53, (4) 660-670 , DOI
Clark MS, Husmann G, Thorne MAS, Burns G, Truebano M, Peck LS, Abele D & Philipp EER (2013) 'Hypoxia impacts large adults first: consequences in a warming world' Global Change Biology 19, (7) 2251-2263 , DOI
Truebano M, Burns G, Thorne MAS, Hillyard G, Peck LS, Skibinski DOF & Clark MS (2010) 'Transcriptional response to heat stress in the Antarctic bivalve Laternula elliptica' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 391, (1-2) 65-72 , DOI
Diz AP, Truebano M & Skibinski DOF (2009) 'The consequences of sample pooling in proteomics: An empirical study' ELECTROPHORESIS 30, (17) 2967-2975 , DOI
Beaumont A, Truebano Garcia M, Hönig S & Low P (2006) 'Genetics of Scottish populations of the native oyster,Ostrea edulis: gene flow, human intervention and conservation' Aquatic Living Resources 19, (4) 389-402 , DOI
Spicer JI, Tills OA, Truebano M & Rundle SD (2018) 'Developmental Plasticity and Heterokairy' in Burggren W; Dubanksy B Development and Environment , DOI
Conference Papers
Calosi P, Turner LM, Hawkins M, Nightingale G, Bertolini C, Truebano-Garcia M, Ford A & Spicer JI (2013) 'The effect of exposure to multiple environmental challenges on multiple physiological responses: an inter-individual approach' E28-E28