Dr Manuela Truebano

Dr Manuela Truebano

Lecturer in Marine Molecular Biology

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


  • Lecturer in Marine Molecular Biology
  • Deputy programme leader, BSc Marine Biology


  • 2014. PG Cert Academic Practice, Plymouth University.
  • 2010. PhD. Swansea University & British Antarctic Survey. 
             Field: Molecular ecophysiology. 
             Thesis title: "Thermal Stress in the Antarctic clam Laternula and temperate mussel Mytilus"
  • 2005. MSc Shellfish Biology, fisheries and culture.
  • 2003. BSc Hons. Marine Biology

Professional membership

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

Roles on external bodies

  • Subject editor: Marine Biology Research Journal
  • Reviewer for: Nature Communications, Molecular Ecology, Proteomics, Evolutionary Applications, Scientia Marina, Marine Environmental Research.

Teaching interests

  • Evolution & Biodiversity MBIO122
  • First Year field courses MBIO101
  • Marine Molecular Biology MBIO221 (module leader)
  • Ecophysiology of Marine Animals MBIO222
  • Experimental Marine Biology Field Course MBIO212
  • 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 an interest in understanding the molecular, biochemical and physiological mechanisms that underlie evolutionary adaptation of aquatic animals to their environment, as well as their ability to respond to environmental stressors. 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:

  • Michael Collins "Effect on temperature on hypoxia thresholds in aquatic invertebrates"
  • Chris Dwane “Assessing the vulnerability of aquatic invertebrates to climate change”


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

2015. SoMSE. Applying a biomarker approach to identify genomic-level responses to environmental warming in aquatic embryos. PI. 

2015. SoMSE. Defining hypoxia: an ecophysiological approach to understanding the effects of temperature on hypoxia thresholds. PhD studentship. PI.

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

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. Scholarship award. Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole                                     

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


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: 3174

Truebano, M., Fenner, P., Tills, O., Rundle, S.D. and Rezende, E. (2018) Thermal strategies vary with life history stage. Journal of Experimental Biology, 221.

Schell T., Feldmeyer B., Schmidt H., Greshake B., Tills O. Truebano M., Rundle S.D., Paule J., Ebersberger I. & Pfenninger M. 2017. An annotated draft genome for Radix auricularia (Gastropods, Mollusca). Genome Biology and Evolution, 9(3):585-592.

Collins M., Tills O., Spicer J.I.S. & Truebano M. 2017. De novo transcriptome assembly of the amphipod Gammarus chevreuxi exposed to chronic hypoxia. Marine Genomics. In press

Truebano M., Tills O. & Spicer J.I.S. 2016. Embryonic transcriptome of the brackishwater amphipod Gammarus chevreuxi. Marine Genomics, 28:5-6

Tills O., Truebano M. & Rundle S.D. 2015. An embryonic transcriptome of the pulmonate snail Radix balthica. Marine Genomics, 24(3):259-260

Obermüller B.E., Truebano M., Peck L.S., Eastman J.T. &  S.A. Morley. 2013. Reduced seasonality in elemental CHN composition of Antarctic marine benthic predators and scavengers. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2013.06.001

Clark M.S., Husmann G., Thorne M.A.S., Burns G., Truebano M., Peck L.S., Abele D. and Philipp E.E.R. 2013. Hypoxia impacts large adults first: consequences in a warming world. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12197

 Truebano M., Diz A.P., Thorne M.A.S, Clark M.S.& D.O.F.Skibinski. 2013. Proteome responses to heat stress in the Antarctic clam Laternula elliptica. Journal of Integrated Omics. DOI: 10.5584/jiomics.v2013i2013.125

Calosi P., Turner L.M., Hawkins M., Bertolini C., Nightingale G., Truebano M. & J.I. Spicer. 2013. Multiple physiological responses to multiple environmental challenges: An individual approach. Integrative and Comparative Biology. DOI: 10.1093/icb/ict041

Truebano M., Burns, G. Thorne, M.S., Hillyard, G., Peck, L.S., Skibinski, D.O.F. & M.S.Clark. 2010. Transcriptional response to heat stress in the Antarctic bivalve Laternula elliptica. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 391:65-72

Diz A.P., Truebano M. & D.O.F. Skibinski. 2009. The consequences of sample pooling in proteomics: An empirical study. Electrophoresis, 30:2967-2975

Beaumont A., Truebano Garcia M., Hönig S. & P.Low. 2006. Genetics of Scottish populations of the native oyster Ostrea edulis: gene flow, human intervention and conservation. Aquatic Living Resources, 19:389-402


Confocal image of embryonic development. 2013. Development, 140(8)

Truebano M., Sheehan E., Ashley M., Thompson R. & M. Attrill. 2013. The potential impacts of marine renewable energy on fish and benthos. In: Marine renewables, biodiversity and fisheries. Friends of the Earth report.  Pp 9-16

 Truebano M., Embling, C., Witt, M. Godley B. & M. Attrill. 2013. The potential impacts of marine renewable energy on marine mammals. Friends of the Earth report.  In: Marine renewables, biodiversity and fisheries. Friends of the Earth report.  Pp 17-21