Dr Michael Collins

Dr Michael Collins

Teaching & Research Associate (TARA) (Marine Biology)

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

Research interests

I am a marine biologist interested in the ecophysiology of aquatic ectotherms. I aim to integrate responses at different levels of organisation, combining whole organism physiology with -omics approaches, in order to better understand how organisms deal with environmental change. I am particularly interested in how aquatic organisms deal with the challenge of multiple stressors resulting from climate change, such as the combination of rising temperature and hypoxia.


  • Collins M, Truebano M, Verberk WCEP & Spicer JI 2021 'Do aquatic ectotherms perform better under hypoxia following warm acclimation?' Journal of Experimental Biology, 224, jeb232512 DOI:10.1242/jeb.232512
  • Collins M, Clark MS, Spicer JI & Truebano M 2021 'Transcriptional frontloading contributes to cross‐tolerance between stressors' Evolutionary Applications, 14, 577-587 DOI:10.1111/eva.13142
  • 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 DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.07.250
  • 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 DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-21490-y 
  • 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:10.1016/j.margen.2017.01.006