Dr Colin Munn
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer)
School of Biological & Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)
Honorary Fellow, Marine Institute
PhD Microbiology, University of Birmingham (1971-1974)
BSc Hons (First Class Hons) Microbiology, University College London (1968-1971)
HNC Applied Biology, Brighton Technical College (1966-1968, part-time)
Associate Professor in Microbiology (Retired, 2017)
Admissions Tutor for Marine Biology Undergraduate Programmes (2002-2017)
Principal Lecturer in Microbiology, University of Plymouth (1991 on)
Head of Department of Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth (1994-2001)
Specialist Reviewer, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (1998-2000)
Associate Head of Department of Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth (1992-1994)
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, Plymouth Polytechnic, Polytechnic Southwest (1974-1991)
James Cook University/Australian Institute of Marine Science (2002)
St George's University, Grenada (1998-2002)
Central University of Venezuela (1985)
University of Victoria, Canada (1981)
Garland Computing Educational Software. Partner (1986-1994)
Stafford-Miller Ltd./ PEP Ltd. Consultant microbiologist (1990-1994)
M&E Microbiological & Environmental Consultants. Microbiologist (1985-1990)
Beecham Research Laboratories. Technician/ research assistant (1966-1971
EXTERNAL EXAMINER/ VALIDATION
For PhD/MSc: Universities of Aberdeen, Alagappa, Cork, East Anglia, Galway, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt Edinburgh, Kuwait, London, Newcastle, Open University, Queensland, Stirling, Surrey, Tel Aviv, Venezuela; James Cook University). BSc and MSc programmes: Universities of Brighton, Portsmouth, Wolverhampton, Manchester Metropolitan University.
International Society of Microbial Ecology
Roles on external bodies
Current: Member of review panel for DEFRA, US SeaGrant, US National Science Foundation, Netherlands Polar Foundation, US-Israel Binational Science Foundation. Referee for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, ISME Journal of Microbial Ecology, Applied & Environmental Microbiology, Journal of the Marine Biological Association UK, Freshwater Biology, Archives of Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Marine Pollution Bulletin, FEMS Microbiology Ecology.
Previously: Specialist Reviewer, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (Organismal and Molecular Biosciences, 1998-2000). Member of Council (Meetings, Education) European Association of Fish Pathologists (1983-1992). Member of Council, Fisheries Society of the British Isles (1992-1996) . Member of Council, Heads of University Biological Sciences (1996-1999). Associate Editor, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (1995-2001).
Bacteria, Archaea and viruses constitute over half of the biomass of life on Earth. They were the only form of life for over two thirds of the planet's existence and the development and continued maintenance of all other forms of life depend absolutely on the past and present activities of microbes. I am passionate about teaching the importance of microbes and enabling students to understand the remarkable new discoveries that are revolutionising our understanding of the field. especially in the marine environment. Such knowledge is vital at a time of rapid global change.
MBIO120 Introudction to Marine Biology
Staff serving as external examiners
For PhD/MSc: Universities of Aberdeen, Alagappa, Cork, East Anglia, Galway, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt Edinburgh, Kuwait, London, Newcastle, Open University, Queensland, Stirling, Surrey, Tel Aviv, Venezuela; James Cook University). Previously External examiner for BSc and MSc programmes (Universities of Brighton, Portsmouth, Wolverhampton)
I am fascinated by all aspects of microbiology, with particular interests in interactions between symbiotic and pathogenic microbes and their hosts. I have studied microbial interactions with plants, invertebrate animals, fish, and humans and I am a strong advocate of a comparative approach. My recent research has taken me into various aspects of marine microbiology, including microbes in coral health and disease and the effects of environmental stress on microbial community structure in corals and other marine invertebrates.