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
  • 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

Roles on external bodies

  • Senior editor: Cell Stress and Chaperones
  • Subject editor: Marine Biology Research Journal

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:

  • 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

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted



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 PEARL
Tolman D, Wood HL, Skibinski DOF & Truebano M 2019 'Differential immunity as a factor influencing mussel hybrid zone structure' Marine Biology 166, (12) , DOI PEARL
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
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) , DOI PEARL
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
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' 1-/-0/19001-/-0/1900E28-E28